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British Tory MP defects to UKIP in blow for Cameron – Carswell to contest upcoming by-election

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a heavy blow yesterday when one of his lawmakers, Douglas Carswell, announced he was leaving the Conservative Party to join the eurosceptic UK…

Two tank columns from Russia enter Ukraine – Kiev’s border guards flee; PM cancels trip

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine: Two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired Grad missiles at a border post in southeastern Ukraine, then rolled into the country yesterday as Ukraine’s overmatched border…

Germany passes tougher measures against far-right crime

BERLIN: The German government passed measures yesterday requiring police and courts to take tougher action against suspected hate crimes, following a neo-Nazi killing spree that went unsolved for more than…

1,400 children sexually exploited in UK’s town – A damning account of ‘collective failures’

LONDON: About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded yesterday in a damning account of “collective failures” by authorities to prevent victims as young…

Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta

Half-naked revelers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on yesterday in Spain’s Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for “the world’s biggest food fight”.…

Poroshenko seeks ceasefire after ‘tough’ talks with Putin

  MINSK: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent ceasefire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of…

Russian soldiers’ capture clouds Putin-Poroshenko talks in Minsk

MINSK: Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers yesterday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow’s alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic. The…

Italy recovers six bodies in latest immigrant shipwreck

ROME: The Italian navy has recovered six bodies following a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, the third tragedy to hit immigrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this weekend.…

Pro-Russian rebels parade ragged captive soldiers

DONETSK: Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine paraded dozens of captured soldiers before a jeering crowd yesterday in mockery of Independence Day celebrations in the capital. Ukraine’s pro-Western government had sought…

Tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

KIEV: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia…

Russian aid trucks move into Ukraine – Kiev accuses Moscow of ‘invasion’

IZVARYNE, Ukraine: Ukraine accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine yesterday, warning against any attacks on the trucks.…

Kiev says Russian army vehicles seized in east – Aid checks as fighting rages

DONETSK: Ukraine said yesterday it had captured two armored vehicles belonging to the Russian military in the wartorn east as checks began on a disputed aid convoy from Moscow parked…

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