Monday, August 31, 2015

Policeman killed in clashes outside Ukrainian parliamentby itnnews Monday August 31st, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Policeman killed in clashes outside Ukrainian parliament

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From: itnnews
Duration: 01:05

One policeman has been killed and at least 50 people have been injured in clashes outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev. Report by Conor Mcnally.

Calais residents suffering from migrants in town 

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From: itnnews
Duration: 01:46

Calais residents are pessimistic about the situation of their town which, they say is "suffering" from the migrant crisis and the MyFerryLink dispute. Report by Hettie Maylam.

Blast near Ukrainian parliament kills guardsman – video

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Warning: video contains footage of the explosion and injured people
Injured riot police can be seen trying to flee an area outside the Ukraine parliament in Kiev, after a blast goes off on Monday. Police and protesters clash after a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east of the country. During the demonstration, grenades are thrown, and an explosion is seen in the middle of the officers protecting the building. Reports suggest one person has been killed and many others are seriously injured
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Egypt Summons British Ambassador After His Critique of Ruling Against Journalists 

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John Casson, who was in the courtroom when two journalists were sentenced to prison, said the move would damage confidence in the rule of law in Egypt.

ISIS Damages Ancient Temple in Palmyra, Activists Say

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Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said.

Susan Rice, Obama’s Security Adviser, Urges Pakistan to Do More Against Militants 

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In a daylong visit to Pakistan, the national security adviser urged leaders to stop militants from using Pakistani territory to stage attacks in Afghanistan.
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As Police Investigate Deaths in Truck, Migrants and Smugglers Appear to Shift Tactics 

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While investigators in Austria continued inspecting the truck in which 71 migrants died last week, officials grappled with how to address the flow of migrants.

Solovetsky Journal: Russians Clash Over Commemorating Monastery’s Grim Past 

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Priests and historians are battling over how best to memorialize the site of a historic Orthodox monastery used as a Soviet prison camp.

ISIS Damages Temple of Baal in Palmyra 

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that fighters had destroyed part of the nearly 2,000-year-old temple.

At Least 13 Reported Dead in Yemen Strikes

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The Saudi-led military coalition killed workers at a water plant on Sunday, the plant’s owner said, while a coalition spokesman said Houthi rebels had made explosive devices at the site.

Editorial: Turkey’s War of Distraction

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Renewed fighting against the Kurds looks suspiciously like a move by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to salvage his political ambitions.

ISIS Militants Severely Damage Temple of Baal in Palmyra

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The attack was the group’s second on the ancient Syrian city’s world-renowned ruins in a week, according to local activists and residents.
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Police Hurt in Protests as Ukraine MPs Votes on Special Status for East 

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Ukraine's parliament voted on Monday for constitutional changes to give separatist-minded eastern regions a special status - but divisions in the pro-Western camp and violent street protests suggested the changes would face a rougher ride to become law.

China Punishes Nearly 200 Over ‘Rumors’ About Stocks, Blasts and Parade 

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The Chinese Ministry of Public Security did not give details in announcing the move, but the accused have presumably been detained.

Police Officer Is Killed in Kiev During Protests Over East Ukraine Vote 

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Demonstrations turned violent as Parliament moved to ratify constitutional changes granting autonomous status to parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft: Washington Post

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
  

China property developers to buy back Tianjin blast homes: Xinhua

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BEIJING (Reuters) - People whose apartments were damaged in explosions in the northeastern Chinese port city of Tianjin can sell their homes to a group of property developers or choose to have the government renovate them, the official Xinhua news agency said.
  

China party says no disrespect meant with Jiang sign removal

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The removal of a stone plinth sign written by former Chinese president Jiang Zemin at the entrance of a key Communist Party training center is not a sign of disrespect, a senior official said on Monday, after rumors of destabilizing party infighting.
  
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Unprecedented migrant crisis forces EU to seek answers

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ministers were summoned on Sunday to meet in two weeks' time to seek urgent solutions to a migration crisis unprecedented in the bloc's history, as the mounting death toll on land and sea forced governments to respond.
  

China to open high-speed rail link to North Korean border

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries.
  

Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

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KIEV (Reuters) - 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 they will have a rougher ride to become law.
  

Top Shots

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Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond. For more photo galleries, see our "Picture This" archive by clicking on the banner above.

Taliban Admits Covering Up 2013 Death Of Leader Mullah Omar

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​The Taliban has admitted that it covered up the death of its leader Mullah Mohammad Omar for more than two years, confirming that he died in 2013 as was first claimed by Afghanistan’s intelligence.

Briefing: Mr. Putin Goes To China

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As Vladimir Putin heads to Beijing, it is becoming clear that China isn't the savior Russia had been hoping for.

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Khadija Ismayilova's Final Words To Court: 'I Might Be In Prison, But The Work Will Continue'

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A prominent Azerbaijani investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor has made a defiant closing statement in a courtroom in Baku, saying her trial on economic crimes charges has failed to crush her spirit or stop her work.

Baku Court Orders Halt To Ismayilova's Final Statement, Delaying Verdict

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The judge in the trial of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova has halted her from reading her final statement, leading the hearing and expected verdict to be postponed until September 1.

Deals Worth $20 Billion To Be Signed During Kazakh Leader's Visit To China

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Kazakhstan's government says agreements worth $20 billion are to be signed in Beijing in the coming days during an official visit by President Nursultan Nazarbaev.

Grenade Explodes Outside Ukraine Parliament

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At least one Ukrainian National Guard soldier was killed in clashes with demonstrators after agrenade explodes outside parliament in Kyiv.

Ismayilova Remains Defiant

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Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova says "I might be in prison, but the work will continue," in her final statement read to court ahead of trial verdict.

Putin Pumps Iron, Internet Delivers Punch Lines

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spent their Sunday on a thoroughly photographed man-date. Whatever the official goal might have been, the photo shoot sparked a wave of Internet memes.

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Kyrgyzstan Celebrates Independence Day

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At Independence Day celebrations, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev said upcoming elections will be a major test for the country.

Will VP Biden Enter US Presidential Fray? 

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From: VOAvideo
Duration: 02:10

A big question mark remains on the list of U.S. presidential hopefuls – will Vice President Joe Biden enter the race on the Democratic side, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders? VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the answer could come any day now and put an end to weeks of speculation and intrigue in Washington and beyond.

White House: Mt. McKinley to be Renamed Denali

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President Barack Obama will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning "the high one," Obama is wading into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the 6,194-meter mountain Denali...