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April 24, 2014 12:53
Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (Reuters / Michael Klimentyev)
Russia 'forced' to launch military drills near border in response to Ukraine op
Russia has begun extensive military exercises near the Ukrainian border following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine. 1388
Ukrainian special forces take position in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev) Kiev military op: Ukrainian army tanks, APCs, troops attack Slavyansk
Five anti-government protesters have reportedly been killed and one injured in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk after Kiev authorities sent tanks and armored vehicles against the local population. 997
First company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014 (Reuters / Kacper Pempel) US troops arrive in Poland, Latvia for drills amid rising tensions over Ukraine
The first two waves of US troops have arrived in Poland and Latvia to begin military drills “promoting peace and stability” across Eastern Europe. Tensions continue to mount in the region, as Ukraine teeters on the brink of a civil war. 233
Israel's chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (R) turns to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat (L) (AFP Photo) Israel suspends peace talks in response to Palestinian unity deal
Israel’s security cabinet has suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to the unity deal between the PLO, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas. 206
Reuters / Ammar Abdullah UK police ask Muslim mothers to report on their kids going to Syria
Police in Britain launched a campaign Thursday urging Muslim mothers to talk to the authorities if they think their children may be about to go and fight in Syria in an attempt to make clear that if they go to Syria they “may end up dead”. 4
Local activist (L) speaks about Ukrainian army attack at a checkpoint near Slavyansk (A still from RT video) ‘Feed your army, motherf***ers!’ Raging locals ‘hijack’ RT report as Ukraine troops raid Slavyansk
Eastern Ukrainians enraged by the Kiev military operation have used an RT video report to tell first-hand details of a Ukrainian army attack in Slavyansk. The Ukrainian troops raided a checkpoint and took all the food and medicine, they said. 106
Ukrainian special forces take position in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev) Putin: Kiev authorities are junta if they use force against civilians
If Kiev authorities have started to use force against the civilian population, this is a serious crime, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Taking this action makes them a “junta” and may affect their relations with other countries, he added. 240
The Baosteel Emotion, a 226,434 deadweight-tonne ore carrier owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, is docked at the port of Maji Island, south of Shanghai April 22, 2014 (Reuters / Carlos Barria) Chinese court releases Japanese ship for $28 mln
Chinese authorities have released a seized Japanese ship after the Japanese shipping giant paid $28 million to China in an incident that increases growing tensions between two Asian countries. 9
Demonstrators hold banners during an anti-fracking protest in central London (Reuters / Neil Hall) Up for shale: Fracking lobby claims UK gas could draw $55bn in investment
The exploitation of the UK’s shale gas reserves could create thousands of jobs and draw over $55 billion in investment, a report says. The British government has championed the practice of fracking despite protests over the environmental consequences. 11
Hong Kong, China (Reuters / Tyrone Siu) Choking crisis: China imposes stricter penalties against polluters
Chinese authorities have introduced amendments to the country’s Environmental Protection Law imposing tougher penalties on polluters, legislation that comes amid a growing environmental crisis that is choking the country. 1
AFP Photo/ Pablo Porciuncula Uruguay to limit cannabis purchases to 10 grams a week
In an attempt to thwart illegal resales, Uruguay is limiting licensed buyers of marijuana to 10 grams a week, as the South American country attempts to write its rules for its legal market in the drug, now two weeks overdue. 7
An anti-government protester, with the Venezuelan flag, kicks back a gas canister to police during a demonstration in which masked youths battled police and blocked a main highway in Caracas April 21, 2014 (Reuters / Christian Veron) US inciting civil war in Venezuela to get its oil – Bolivia’s Morales
Washington is pushing Venezuela towards a “civil war” because it wants access to the country’s rich oil reserves, Bolivian President Evo Morales has warned. The Venezuelan government has also accused the US of fomenting a coup d’état. 69
Reuters / Eddie Keogh More than pirates ‘n’ pasties: Cornish get same minority rights as Scots
The UK government will announce Thursday that the Cornish, one of the ancient peoples of the British isles who trace their roots back to prehistoric times, will be formally recognized – along with the Scots, Welsh and Irish – as a national minority. 2
Freelance photographer Maxim Dondyuk said photos were taken without permission from his Instagram account.
Unverified & Exposed: NYT-State Dept 'Russians in Ukraine' image proof collapses
Pictures presented by Washington and Kiev as evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine, and published on Monday by the New York Times, were unverified and in fact contradicted the claims they were to support. 57

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