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Fierce clashes break out in Kiev

Aug 31, 2015

Fierce clashes break out in Kiev

At least 90 people, mainly police, were wounded in fierce clashes outside the Ukrainian parliament Monday as lawmakers gave initial backing to deeply controversial reforms granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists. A loud blast was heard outside the building in Kiev and vast clouds ...

Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

Aug 31, 2015

Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive, but divisions among pro-Western lawmakers suggested the road to making them law will be rough. At a rowdy session, 265 ...

Aug 31, 2015

Islamic State burns four Iraqi Shiite fighters alive: video

The Islamic State group strung up four Iraqi Shiite fighters with chains and burned them alive, according to footage posted online, the latest gruesome execution video from the jihadis. The victims — identified as fighters in the pro-government Popular Mobilization forces from southern Iraq ...

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

Aug 31, 2015

Putin pumps iron in bid to lift popularity with Russians

The Kremlin has released pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, images apparently aimed at shoring up Putin’s rugged, masculine image as his popularity dips. Wearing a white T-shirt, track suit trousers and running shoes, ...

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

Aug 31, 2015

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn’t even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to ...