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Ukraine crisis: ´International
monitors seized´ in Sloviansk

BBC News [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 4/25/2014 2:52:46 PM

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have seized a bus carrying international military observers, Ukraine´s interior ministry says. Negotiations were under way to secure the release of the observers, seized near the town of Sloviansk, it added. Western leaders earlier announced they were debating fresh sanctions against Russia over its alleged failure to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Russia has accused the West of wanting to "seize" Ukraine. Moscow has tens of thousands of troops stationed along its side of the border with Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists have been occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central

      


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Ukraine crisis: ´International
monitors seized´ in Sloviansk
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/25/2014 2:52:46 PM     Post Reply
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have seized a bus carrying international military observers, Ukraine´s interior ministry says. Negotiations were under way to secure the release of the observers, seized near the town of Sloviansk, it added. Western leaders earlier announced they were debating fresh sanctions against Russia over its alleged failure to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine. Russia has accused the West of wanting to "seize" Ukraine. Moscow has tens of thousands of troops stationed along its side of the border with Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists have been occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central

   

 

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The Kate, Wills and George tour of
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Hurrah for Kate and Wills. I don´t want to sound too much like a 16-page Daily Mail pull-out celebratory royal supplement here. But I´m going to have to because it´s true: on their massively successful three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand Prince William (aka the Duke of Cambridge) and Kate (aka the Duchess of Cambridge)--plus, of course, Prince George--have put the naysayers firmly back in their box and proved that the royal succession is in very safe hands. Readers in America may be forgiven if they weren´t even aware that this tour was taking place. That´s because it has

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/25/2014 2:29:40 PM     Post Reply
Fans of ´Parks and Recreation´ have been waiting most of the season to see if Amy Poehler´s character, Leslie Knope, would leave Pawnee, Indiana, for a new job in Chicago at the National Park Service. On last night´s season finale, it was First Lady Michelle Obama that gave her that final nudge. [Snip] ´You are from Chicago, so you like,´ it, Poehler´s Leslie fumbles out in response before ending their exchange on this bit of praise: ´I agree with you on all things throughout history and till the end of time, forever.´ The appearance gave Obama ample opportunity to plug her Let´s

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Tornado alley is about to come out of hibernation with a ‘significant multi-day severe event’ that may match all-time historic tornado outbreaks. Forecasters are predicting severe storms across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas from Saturday to Monday that are expected to produce strong tornadoes impacting millions of people. [Snip] The storm front will move across the Rocky Mountains and into the southern plains by Saturday morning before strengthening on the back of Gulf moisture before moving east, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. Saturday night will bring the first severe weather threat, but Sunday night is when

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To those many of us in Britain who loathe Tony Blair and the disastrous legacy of his horribly misconceived "Third Way", it always comes as a bit of a shock to hear our cringe-inducing ex-Prime Minister stand up on the international stage and say something truly worthwhile. [Snip] Here´s one of the passages which shows that Blair totally (or--as we´ll see in a moment--almost but not quite totally) gets it. It´s on the subject of all those voices in the media and politics who find a way of excusing the worst excesses of Islamism. "However for the purposes of this

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President Obama reportedly only ate half of the expensive sushi dinner he was treated to last night in Tokyo. Instead of savoring every morsel of the made-to-order 20-course meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro- dubbed the world´s best sushi restaurant and the subject of the 2011 documentary ´Jiro Dreams of Sushi´- the President reportedly put his chopsticks down after only 10 pieces. The owner of a chicken restaurant that sits in the same basement as the exclusive diner told Tokyo Broadcasting System that Obama stopped at the halfway point even though the famed chef, Jiro Ono, was making each piece especially for

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The Peach State is poised to become a petri-dish for the nation´s most ambitious gun-rights experiment, following Gov. Nathan Deal´s signing of a law that will permit concealed-carry permit holders to keep their weapons as they enter non-secure areas of airports, along with some churches and bars, and most government buildings. Lawmakers, which passed the bill by wide bipartisan margins in he waning hours of the year´s legislative session, notably excluded the state capitol where they work from the list of places where pre-vetted Georgians can now pack heat without penalty. Reaction was swift and incendiary. Time magazine called the move

   

 



 
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This week the National Journal carried a very neat example of the gulf between the moderate "country club" Republican elite and the more conservative blue-collar grassroots that tend to dominate GOP primaries, and then lose general elections in today´s more secular, ethnically diverse America. The piece--well worth reading--tells the story of a US Senate candidate in Georgia who attacked his fellow Republican primary opponents for their lack of education and sophistication, at one point openly mocking the fact that "There´s a high school graduate in the race" and asking how, in a global economy, the semi-educated could possibly bring value



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