Monday, February 16, 2015

Why Ukraine's ceasefire is falling apart in Debaltseve

Why Ukraine's ceasefire is falling apart in Debaltseve

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KYIV — Heavy fighting continues around the key transportation hub, and it may spell an end to the fragile truce in eastern Ukraine.

Suspect sought in killing of Las Vegas mother - WCVB Boston

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Suspect sought in killing of Las Vegas mother
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(CNN) —Las Vegas, Nevada, police have released surveillance video of a gray or silver sedan in the hunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a local woman after an alleged road rage incident. Report: 'It's My Party' singer... 4min; Live from New York, 'SNL ...

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Jews Face Renewed Doubt Over Their Future in Europe

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Denmark will do everything it can to protect Jews, said its Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to reporters Monday. But across town, the thousands of bouquets that had been laid at the gates of a synagogue where a gunman killed a Jewish man at the weekend were a painful reminder that they hadn’t been protected enough. Here and across Europe, the attack added to a growing fear among Jews that the continent was once again not safe for them.
About 80 people were celebrating a bar mitzvah at the synagogue on the central Copenhagen street of Krystalgade in the early hours of Feb. 15 when Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussain shot and killed synagogue member Dan Uzan, who was guarding the entrance to the building. Earlier El-Hussainhad killed one and injured three at a meeting on freedom of expression organized by Lars Vilks, a cartoonist who had depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a dog.
Coming so soon after a similar attack in Paris, in which two gunmen killed cartoonists and editors at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, while another killed five in two other incidents, the Copenhagen events have sharply undermined the small Danish Jewish community’s already deteriorating sense of security.
“It’s terrifying,” says Marianne Isaksen, a member of the congregation where Dan Uzan was killed. She and her husband Alf, both in their 70s, knew Uzan, and had come out to Krystalgade to commiserate with other synagogue members and pay their respects. “We knew things were getting worse, but we never thought it could happen here.”
And yet increasingly, it does happen throughout Europe. Across the continent, anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise. On Sunday, hundreds of Jewish tombs were desecrated in the town of Sarre-Union in Eastern France. Last July during the Gaza war, eight French synagogues were vandalized or petrol bombed among many other similar incidents across Europe.
Many Jews do not consider themselves safe in Europe. A 2013 survey of Jewish communities in eight European Union states (Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden and the U.K.) carried out by the E.U.’s Fundamental Rights Agency found that over three-quarters of respondents believed anti-Semitism had increased in their country over the past five years. Nearly a third had considered emigrating from Europe because they did not feel safe as a Jew, with the figure reaching between 40% and 48% in Hungary, France and Belgium.
Those concerns can be felt throughout the E,U.’s population of 1.1 million Jews. In the small French town of Eze, freelance writer Clara Kagan keeps her Judaism to herself. “I would never feel safe in Paris or in my village wearing my Jewish star,” she says. “When I go to America, I wear it but I have only worn it once or twice in France and felt I was being looked at so I stopped.”
The same fears are echoed, if more fiercely, by Linda Ban, the wife of a rabbi in Budapest, where the Jobbik party went as far as to call for the drawing up of a list of Jews in 2012 (the Jobbik member of parliament later amended his call to focus only on those Jews who hold double Israeli-Hungarian citizenship). “In Hungary, people find open anti-Semitism in the media, so they think they can say the same things. People think if they can say it on the radio or on the floor of parliament, so can I. I’m not sure if there’s more anti-Semitism now than there was ten years ago, but it’s definitely louder. The taboo has been broken.”
The unease is felt across Europe. “I would say that it is very hard for Jews to live in Europe today,” says Arie Zuckerman, special advisor to the president of the European Jewish Congress. I would not be so extreme as to say it’s starting to be impossible, but it is very hard. Jews are thinking twice before going to the synagogue on Saturday, and though it’s better in London, we hear it a lot from Jews in France, which has the biggest Jewish community in Europe. And definitely in Belgium, and definitely in the Scandinavian countries. Jews don’t feel comfortable to be identified as Jews in the streets.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took advantage of those fears to address Europe’s Jews in a statement on the Copenhagen attacks. “This wave of terror attacks can be expected to continue, including anti-Semitic and murderous attacks. We say to the Jews, to our brothers and sisters, Israel is your home and that of every Jew. Israel is waiting for you with open arms.”
Denmark’s chief rabbi, Jair Melchior, objected to Netanyahu’s remarks, telling the press on Feb. 15 that “terror is not a reason to move to Israel. People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism, but not because of terrorism. If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.”
But more and more, Jews in other countries are weighing their options. In 2014, 7,000 of France’s roughly 500,000 Jews moved to Israel, double the number of the previous year. According to the Jewish Agency, immigration to Israel from Western Europe as a whole is up 88%. 620 of those immigrants came from the United Kingdom, a 20% increase.
If the Isaksens aren’t considering following suit, it’s at least partly because, historically, Denmark has been the exception in Europe, protecting its Jews where other countries failed. During the Second World War, it transported nearly the entire community to safety in neutral Sweden when the Germans invaded.
But in recent years, even Denmark has seen a rise in anti-Semitic attacks. Cans painted with the label of Zyklon B, a chemical used to produce gas in Nazi extermination camps during the Second World War, were left on the fence of the Copenhagen synagogue in 2013. That was just one of 43 anti-Semitic incidents that occurred that year according to the Jewish community in Denmark’s security unit. “It seems to be getting worse and worse” says Alf Isaksen, noting that he himself had been assaulted on the street. “Certainly we’re afraid.”
Still, he and his wife were grateful for the outpouring of support from other Danes. Peter Krogell was one of them. A minister at the German Lutheran church on the same street as the synagogue, Krogell brought his two boys to lay tulips outside the temple. “We came because we wanted to show our unity,” he said. “And because as Danes we believe that the only way to fight terror is with freedom and democracy. And love.” Throughout Europe, 1.1 million Jews are hoping that’s enough.
—Additional Reporting by Naina Bajekal in London
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Suspect sought in killing of Las Vegas mother - Kotatv

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Suspect sought in killing of Las Vegas mother
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Las Vegas, Nevada, police have released surveillance video of a gray or silver sedan in the hunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a local woman after an alleged road rage incident. More from KOTA Territory. Suspect sought in killing of Las... Change in ...

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Egyptian Coptic Christians Mourn Brothers Slain by ISIS

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Funeral held for Egyptian Christians beheaded by Isis - video

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The families of 13 Egyptian Christians beheaded by the Islamic State (Isis) hold a funeral for their loved ones. A video released on Sunday evening claimed to show the mass beheading of 21 Christians – believed to be mostly Egyptians – kidnapped in Libya. The murders prompted an aerial bombing campaign against Isis targets in Libya by Egypt's military Continue reading...

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Man charged over 'chemical weapon' - BBC News

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Man charged over 'chemical weapon'
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A man from Liverpool has been charged with attempting to obtain a chemical weapon, police have said. Mohammed Ammer Ali, 31, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Tuesday. He was arrested on Wednesday, when ...
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Honduras suspends cops assigned to U.S. embassy over missing drug cash

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TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - More than 20 police officers assigned to the U.S. embassy in Honduras have been suspended pending an investigation into their alleged involvement in skimming part of $12.5 million seized in a drug cartel bust, a government spokesman said on Monday.
  

Ukraine Truce Fades in Fight for Key Town

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Fighting for Debaltseve has become the biggest challenge to the cease-fire that went into effect at midnight Saturday and was supposed to end months of conflict.

Spyware Embedded by U.S. in Foreign Networks, Security Firm Says 

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A Russian firm says the United States has found a way to permanently embed surveillance and sabotage tools in computers in countries including Iran, Russia, Pakistan and China.

Copenhagen shooter's neighborhood no stranger to tension - Reuters

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Copenhagen shooter's neighborhood no stranger to tension
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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Every Dane knows of Norrebro, the Copenhagen neighborhood where police shot dead the gunman suspected of carrying out attacks on a synagogue and a free speech event that shocked the country. Blighted by protests and ...
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The mass beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya shows the spread of the Islamic State franchise 

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CAIRO — The gruesome video, released over the weekend, showed 21 men wearing orange jumpsuits being led onto a beach in procession by their captors. 'We will conquer Rome, by Allah’s permission,' says one of the militants, before the men are all simultaneously beheaded.
The men were all Egyptians, members of the country’s Coptic Christian community that had gone to Libya in search of work. They were captured by the Islamic State in Sirte, last month. 
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False gunman warning panics Los Angeles airport passengers - WKRC TV Cincinnati

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False gunman warning panics Los Angeles airport passengers
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police investigating a mistaken announcement that an armed man was on the loose at Los Angeles International Airport now say the rumor was made by an unknown person at a gate area, not over the public address system.

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In Ukraine, doubts about cease-fire rumble in quiet areas

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SHCHASTYA, Ukraine — Since a cease-fire was declared Sunday, the commander of one of the Ukrainian forces’ most well-known irregular battalions has been sitting in his office, monitoring its progress from a base just minutes from the front line. And it is making him itch.Read full article >>






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Craig Hicks Indicted on Murder Charges in Chapel Hill Killings - NBCNews.com

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Craig Hicks Indicted on Murder Charges in Chapel Hill Killings
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The suspect in the fatal shooting of three young students near the University of North Carolina last week was indicted Monday on murder charges. Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was indicted on three counts of murder and one count of discharging a firearm into an ... 
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Idris Elba would make a good James Bond, says former 007

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Pierce Brosnan, who played spy in four films, gives his opinion as speculation grows about Elba taking over role when Daniel Craig eventually bows out
He is the favoured choice by everyone from Jamie Foxx to Kanye West to step into the debonair shoes of 007. But Idris Elba may have got his most weighty endorsement so far – from a former Bond no less.
In an interview with the Radio Times, Pierce Brosnan, who played the fictional M16 spy in four films between 1994 and 2002, was asked whether he thought Elba would make a good Bond. Responding succinctly, Brosnan said: “Yeah, he would actually.”
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Sex education should be mandatory in all schools, MPs demand 

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Ministers scolded for lack of addressing inadequate teaching despite huge demand from teachers, parents and students
Sex education should be compulsory in all primary and secondary schools, with sufficient curriculum time devoted to the subject and specialist training for teachers, MPs have urged.
In a hard-hitting report published on Tuesday, the Commons education select committee comes down firmly on the side of campaigners who have long fought for sex and relationships education (SRE) to be made mandatory.
More than three-quarters of parents want primary schools to teach about the difference between safe and unwanted touch
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Search for a Permanent Alternative to HIV Drugs

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In the Lab: Researchers have carefully tailored a study to find patients to test going off antiretroviral medication.

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Russian resurgence: how the Kremlin is making its presence felt across Europe - The Guardian

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Russian resurgence: how the Kremlin is making its presence felt across Europe
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Websites and social media hum with Russian propaganda, conspiracy theories and paranoia. The neo-fascist Jobbik party, second biggest in parliament, is avowedly and loudly pro-Russia, its most senior member in the European parliament accused of ...

Кремль положительно оценивает мирный процесс в Донбассе - Известия

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Кремль положительно оценивает мирный процесс в Донбассе
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Помощник президента Юрий Ушаков дал позитивные оценки ситуации на юго-востоке Украины. По мнению чиновника, даже положение в Дебальцевском котле не настолько плачевное, каким было некоторое время назад. — Если сравнить то, что сейчас, и то, что было несколько дней в ...
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СМИ: Путин и Порошенко в хороших личных отношениях и говорят на «ты» - Взгляд

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СМИ: Путин и Порошенко в хороших личных отношениях и говорят на «ты»
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В ходе минской встречи президент России Владимир Путин и президент Украины Петр Порошенко разговаривали друг с другом «на ты» и переходили на крик, кроме того, у участников было много алкоголя, сообщает подробности переговоров немецкое издание Der Spiegel.
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Moscow Court Rules Davydova Arrest 'Unlawful'

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The Moscow City Court has ruled that the arrest of Sveltana Davydova, a woman from Vyazma who is accused of treason, was unlawful.

Egyptian, Libyan Airstrikes Target IS in Libya

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Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday in swift retribution for the extremists' beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly online video released hours earlier.

Denmark wakes up to home-grown extremism

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Shooting leaves all parties wondering how to counter threat
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Copenhagen shootings: Cartoonist Lars Vilks goes into hiding

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Controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks has said he has gone into hiding, after a gunman stormed a free speech debate he was hosting at a cultural centre in Copenhagen on Saturday.

From Russia with love: An energy deal for Hungary - Washington Post

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From Russia with love: An energy deal for Hungary
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BUDAPEST — To much of the West, he is the Machiavellian strongman of a newly belligerentRussia. But inside the gothic revival parliament building in this elegant capital, RussianPresident Vladimir Putin will be welcomed Tuesday as a generous ...
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Russian gas price seen falling by up to 35% in Europe

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The price of Russian gas for most of the EU and Turkey could fall by up to 35% this year, according to reports by the Russia Ministry of Economy. The average price of gas supplied by Gazprom could be around $222 per 1,000 cubic metres for countries the company labels part of its “far abroad.”Sales to Europe account for more than half of the revenues of Gazprom, which generates around 8% of Russia’s GDP. A spokesman for Gazprom said it was too early to predict the final Russian gas price for Europe, which covers a quarter of its gas needs with supplies from Gazprom.

Russia: Consultations resume on EU-Ukraine free trade agreement 

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The European Commission will resume ministerial level consultations with Russia regarding the impact of the EU-Ukraine free trade agreement on the Russian economy. The resumption of the trilateral talks to find practical solutions to Russia’s concerns about implementing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and its trade section are part of the peace agreement concluded between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in Minsk to stop the hostilities in East Ukraine.

Deepening Ties Between Greece and Russia Sow Concerns in West 

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Deepening ties between Greece and Russia are sowing concerns in the West. The Russian ties to both parts of the new Greek coalition government – the leftist Syriza party and its junior party, Greek nationalist Panos Kammenos’s right-wing nationalist Independent Greeks – have flourished in recent years, fostered by a mix of shared Orthodox Christianity and traditional left-wing sympathies for Moscow in Greece. Kammenos met two senior pro-Kremlin lawmakers just before Greece’s elections on 25 January. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Syriza leader, has also forged contacts with Russian parliamentarians.

Reporters Tour Devastated Donetsk Airport

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Ukrainian separatists showed journalists the remains of the battle-scarred Donetsk airport on February 16. Shelling could be heard in the distance despite a cease-fire with Ukrainian government forces that began a day earlier. (Reuters)

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With Ukrainian Troops Trapped, Cease-Fire Grows More Fragile

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Separatist forces apparently control a key road near Debaltseve, meaning that 8,000 Ukrainian soldiers are surrounded.

Punishing Weather Expands Grip in US

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A massive winter storm is threatening vast regions of the United States from the South and Midwest to the East Coast. Michael Bowman reports from Washington, which is enduring the coldest temperatures of the year so far, and is bracing for as much as 30 centimeters of snow.

Ukrainian Forces Reported Under Fire Near Debvaltseve

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Ukrainian government forces say they came under mortar and artillery fire on February 16 despite a truce that went into effect with Russian-backed separatists a day earlier. RFE/RL correspondent Levko Stek was with the government troops in the village of Mironovsky and reported the road to the strategic town of Debaltseve was blocked. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

US, Global Partners Seek Community Support in Fighting Extremism 

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When it comes to fighting violent extremism, the "government does not have all the answers," a senior U.S. administration official said Monday, as he outlined plans for a White House summit to build new efforts against extremists. The three-day gathering begins Tuesday in Washington. It will include high-level officials from dozens of countries. U.S. officials say the goal is to empower communities to push back against violent extremism. They say during the summit organizers will highlight U.S. community programs that have been established in Boston, Los Angeles and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The summit comes on the heels of some high-profile extremist attacks. In January, Islamist militants killed 17 people in and around Paris, beginning with an attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, which has angered many Muslims by publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. In Copenhagen, Danish intelligence chief Jens Madesen said investigators believe a gunman who killed two people in attacks on Saturday was inspired by Islamic radicalism. Also, Islamic State militants on Sunday released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya. "Countering violent extremism is one piece of a much broader strategy to confront groups such as Islamic State," said a senior administration official in a background briefing Monday. The summit will include sessions to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent extremist groups from inspiring and radicalizing individuals in the United States and abroad. Participants also will work to identify steps to more effectively counter violent extremism. Progress report expected Organizers will review progress made since President Barack Obama issued a call to action against extremism last September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. "We must take concrete steps to address the danger posed by religiously motivated fanatics, and the trends that fuel their recruitment," Obama said at the U.N. "This campaign against extremism goes beyond a narrow security challenge." The summit will include speeches by Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. A senior administration official said a number of policy initiatives are expected to be unveiled during the sessions. On Thursday, Kerry will host ministerial-level sessions at the State Department, which will include remarks by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui. White House officials said participants will review their progress against extremism at the 2015 U.N. General Assembly.

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Международная группировка хакеров украла миллиард долларов со счетов десятка банков по всему миру - Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ

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Международная группировка хакеров украла миллиард долларов со счетов десятка банков по всему миру
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Не только же олигархам и их подручным жирным банковским котам грабить народ. Нам ведь постоянно объясняют, что доходы олигархов и банкиров - это результат высокого уровня их интеллекта. Вот хакеры тоже продемонстрировали, что они способны заработать высоким уровнем ...

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Канонада под Дебальцевым 

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Украинские военные говорят, что 16 февраля их продолжали обстреливать из минометов и артиллерии, несмотря...
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Forces Loyal to President Seize Parts of Yemen's Economic Hub 

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Forces loyal to Yemen's president said they had seized strategic buildings in the southern city of Aden on Monday after a five-hour battle, escalating a civil conflict threatening to split the country in two. The militias supporting Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi wrested parts of Yemen's economic hub from security forces allied to the Houthi movement, including its main power station and intelligence headquarters, sources said. The country's north is dominated by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthis, who completed a takeover of the capital Sana'a last month. In the south, forces loyal to Hadi and separatists aiming to restore the former South Yemen appear to be in charge. Hadi's house arrest U.N. Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar tweeted on Monday that he had visited Hadi, who is still under house arrest at his residence. Benomar said he had briefed Hadi on the U.N. Security Council resolution adopted on Sunday calling for an end to his house arrest and that of his government. The United Nations Security Council on Sunday urged the Houthis to quit government institutions, threatening further steps if the violence does not stop. Minister of Information Nadia al-Sakkaf tweeter that she had also visited Hadi on Monday, adding he had a heart condition and was "quite ill." The Houthis forced Hadi to resign during their takeover, but he remains de jure president. They tried to dissolve the assembly two weeks ago, but its largest group, the General People's Congress party [GPC], objected. Multi-party talks The GPC said on Monday it had withdrawn its objection, boosting chances of a consensus in multi-party talks on picking a new national administration. Violence has escalated recently, filling the political vacuum left in January when the Houthis seized the presidential palace and forced Prime Minister Khaled Bahah's government to resign. Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in several cities on Saturday against Houthi rule as clashes between Houthis and Sunnis in a southern region left 26 dead. In clashes overnight, sources in the Popular Committees of Aden, run by Hadi's brother, Nasser, said they had also taken Aden's television station and the administrative building of its free trade zone, with the loss of three fighters. The Popular Committees confirmed several government buildings had been taken. Aden's governor, Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour, confirmed the clashes but denied Hadi loyalists had taken over the television station. "The situation is under control and what has happened is being dealt with," a Defense Ministry website quoted him as saying. Turkey becoming the latest country to withdraw its diplomats from Sana'a on Monday, following the closure of the embassies of the United States, major European nations and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.

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Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in Eastern US

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A freight train carrying crude oil derailed in the eastern U.S. state of West Virginia Monday, sending at least one rail car into the Kanahwa River. The CSX train derailed in the early afternoon about 54 kilometers, or 33 miles, southeast of the state capital of Charleston.   Local officials at the scene said at least one house and two tank cars were on fire. Amid a snowstorm, residents were evacuated from the nearby towns of Adena and Boomber Bottom, Reuters news agency reported a local TV station as saying. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or fatalities. Local media showed images of large flames and a thick plume of black smoke near a partly frozen river, with a number of houses nearby. Lawrence Messina, a spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, told Reuters that CSX Corp. officials said the train was carrying only crude oil.   While it was not clear where the train was headed, it was traveling the same route as a train that derailed last year, setting off an explosion near the city of Lynchburg, Virginia. Some information for this report was contributed by Reuters.

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Despite Truce, Shelling Continues in Parts of Ukraine

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Ukraine said Sunday that the separatists had violated the cease-fire, while the rebels said that the army had initiated the fighting.