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April 23, 2014 08:06
Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov speaks during an interview with RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze. (RT photo)
Lavrov: Kiev issued 'criminal order' allowing use of weapons against civilians
The coup-appointed Kiev government’s order to use force against Ukrainian citizens is “criminal,” the Russian Foreign Minister told RT. He also denied claims that there is Russian military presence on Ukrainian territory. 1437
Reuters / Alexander Prokopenko Ukraine coal miners on strike, refuse to pay Kiev coup damages bill
​Over 2,000 coal miners in Lugansk region have been on strike for the second day running, demanding higher wages and refusing to accept a pay cut to fund the restoration of Kiev, which suffered damage during the coup that overthrew the government. 14
People hold a banner protesting against surveillance on the Internet during the NETmundial: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paulo April 23, 2014.(Reuters / Nacho Doce ) Brazil passes ‘internet constitution’ ahead of global conference on web future
Ahead of a two-day Net Mundial international conference in Sao Paulo on the future of the Internet, Brazil's Senate has unanimously adopted a bill which guarantees online privacy of Brazilian users and enshrines equal access to the global network. 18
A vehicle (R) and the surrounding buildings burn after they were set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (AFP Photo) Benghazi attack resulted from US 'allowing arms deliveries' to militants
The deadly attack on US diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, could have been prevented if Washington had not allowed arms shipment to reach al-Qaeda-linked militants, said a group launched to unearth truth behind the 2012 ordeal. 18
Installation of Edward Snowden as University of Glasgow Rector (Image from facebook.com/glasgowuniversity) Students’ choice Snowden takes up post as Glasgow University rector
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been inaugurated as the Rector of the University of Glasgow after a sweeping win at a student vote. Over the next three years, Snowden will officially represent the university’s students – presumably via the internet. 52
A general view taken on April 8, 2014 shows Israeli construction cranes and excavators at a building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Neve Yaakov, in the northern area of east Jerusalem. (AFP Photo / Ahmad Gharabli) ​President Abbas threatens to disband Palestinian Authority if Israeli talks fail
President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will disband the Palestinian Authority, forcing Israel to take over governance if bilateral talks fail. He also named the terms for the extension of negotiations with Israel past an April 29 deadline. 21
Reuters / Kacper Pempel Cybergeddon? Survey warns of internet disruption on scale of 2008 crisis
The world is on the verge of a cyber shock “similar to the 2008 financial crisis,” a new study says, outlining major triggers for potential disruption and urging governments and organizations to learn from the experience gained during the credit crunch. 39
A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola RNA in order to test for the virus at the European Mobile Laboratory in Gueckedou April 3, 2014.(Reuters / Misha Hussain) Ebola outbreak: Death toll rises to over 140
A total of 142 deaths have now been recorded from the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Researchers believe that a new strain of the virus is responsible for the epidemic in West Africa. 17
Armenian protesters shout slogans against Turkey during a demonstation near the Turkish embassy in central Athens, April 24, 2013. (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis) 'Shared pain': Turkish PM Erdogan in historic Armenian statement
In a statement to mark the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide carried out by the Turks in 1915, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan stressed the “shared pain” endured during those events and expressed “condolences” to Armenians around the world. 17
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP Photo / Baz Ratner) Hamas or Israel? Netanyahu says Palestinian Authority must choose
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must choose either peace with Israel or an alliance with Hamas, but he cannot have both, Israel’s PM has said. His comments come after the Palestinian Authority restarted talks on a unity government with Hamas. 117
AFP Photo / Peter Parks ​China’s eco-crisis: 60% of underground water polluted
At least 60 percent of China’s underground water resources have “very poor” or “relatively poor” quality, which means these water can’t be used for drinking directly, says a new report, showing a deep environmental crisis in the country. 7
London. (Reuters / Olivia Harris) London to be ‘smogged’ by polluted Paris
Britain is urging France to clean up its air as UK researchers warned that smog from Paris could be blown by strong winds to London and the south coast of England by Friday, local media reported. 5
AFP Photo / Mladen Antonov US Navy cancels charity projects in Crimea
The US Navy has discontinued charity programs in Crimea, canceling the renovation of a public school and children’s hospital. Russian media and bloggers suspect the programs were meant to butter up locals for a possible US settlement there. 42
Men wearing military fatigues ride on armoured personnel carriers (APC) in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014. (AFP Photo) Eastern Ukraine stands defiant against Kiev LIVE UPDATES
Kiev’s troops remain in eastern Ukraine as the OSCE mission starts its work on “de-escalating” the situation on the ground. Anti-government protesters are unwilling to leave the seized buildings, demanding that the troops are pulled out first. 1580

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