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February 26, 2015 12:25
Self-propelled howitzers of the Ukrainian armed forces are seen near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, February 25, 2015. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
Ukraine military has begun heavy weapons withdrawal – military spokesman
Kiev troops have started the long-promised withdrawal of heavy weapons from eastern Ukraine, a step required by the fragile ceasefire agreement signed earlier this month. The rebels have been criticizing their opponents for stalling the disengagement.
Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride armoured personnel carriers in Artemovsk, eastern Ukraine, February 24, 2015. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich) ​Kiev's West-backed 'ludicrous demands' may derail ceasefire – Moscow
Kiev has been making unrealistic demands for the rebels to meet before pulling back their heavy weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. It appears that some politicians in Ukraine and the West want to derail the Minsk ceasefire, he added.
Russian missile cruiser Moskva. (Reuters/Stringer) Russia secures military deal to use Cyprus' ports despite EU concerns
Russian navy ships will keep having access to stop off at Cyprus' ports in Mediterranean as the two countries have agreed to prolong the pre-existing deal on military cooperation.
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (Reuters / Enrique Marcarian) Judge dismisses case against Argentine president over Jewish center bombing cover-up
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been cleared of accusations made by state prosecutors that she conspired to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center in 1994.
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Banksy in Gaza: Haunting images among ruins of war
The English graffiti artist has taken his politically charged message to the bombed-out neighborhoods of Gaza, where a series of murals amid a backdrop of devastation attempts to give voice to the desperation felt by Palestinians.
Reuters / Thomas Peter Don’t wear kippa in Germany’s Muslim neighborhoods – Jewish leader
With anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in Germany, the leader of the country’s Jewish community says it may be wise for Jews to hide their identity in public.
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ISIS militants destroy ancient statues, relics in Iraq (VIDEO)
The Islamic State has posted a video online showing a group of militants destroying ancient statues and other artifacts, saying they are symbols of idolatry. Some of the objects date from the seventh century BC. Specialists say the damage is incalculable.
An artist's impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole in the distant universe. (Image: Zhaoyu Li/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Misti Mountain Observatory) 12bn suns, 13bn light years away: Ancient black hole blows scientists’ minds
A gigantic black hole has been discovered with an astonishing mass 12 billion times bigger than the sun’s. Its age – it was formed 900 million years after the Big Bang – undermines modern scientific theories.
French President Francois Hollande (Reuters/Vincent Kessler) and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters/SANA) Paris livid after French lawmakers hold ‘unauthorized’ meetings with Assad, Hezbollah
Four French lawmakers have been slammed by their government and one of them threatened with sanctions and suspension after an unauthorized meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus as well with a Hezbollah member.
Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri First head transplant possible within two years, says Italian ‘Frankensurgeon’
Controversial Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero claims he could perform the world’s first ever human head transplant in 2017, despite ethical and scientific reservations from many of his colleagues.
A still from Youtube video. ‘Hopeless’: Angry Aussie activists slam PM Abbott with Obama-style poster
An activist group has released a poster bearing the likeness of the Australian prime minister above the single word “hopeless” to slam the leader for his “uncaring ministry.”
Reuters/Jo Yong-Hak Sexual revolution: S. Korean court abolishes punishment for extramarital affairs
It’s time to engage in extra-marital sex without fear of prosecution, South Korea’s constitutional court has ruled, effectively ending a 62-year ban. Condom stocks soared immediately after the ruling.
Jordanians shop. (Reuters/Muhammad Hamed) US citizens warned not to shop in Jordan after ‘credible’ terror threats
The US embassy in Jordan’s capital, Amman, has warned American citizens against visiting the country’s posh shopping malls after receiving “credible information” that they may be targeted by terrorists.
A still from a news broadcast by Press TV reporting the Iranian war games, Prophet 9 ​Iran tests ‘combat robot with machine gun’ at massive drills
Iran has reportedly tested an armed robot during the massive war games currently underway in the country. Pictures shown by the local news outlets showed a tracked mobile turret armed with a machine gun.


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