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Sweden set for minority-left government as far right makes gains

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Free-market era in Sweden swept away as feminists and greens plot new path

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The world view of Scotland’s vote: Russia turns blue, China sees red

Newspapers and social media report the decision facing the Scottish people with a mixture of fervour, fear and indifference

Beyond the confines of Britain, the prospect of an independent Scotland has produced a mixture of confusion, astonishment, glee and horror.

India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, looked baffled when asked to comment on the possible break-up of the United Kingdom . “Break-up of the United Kingdom? I don’t think there is any possibility of that. God forbid!” she said, before a whispered aside from an aide prompted another terse but bewildered line. “It’s for Scotland to decide, I have nothing to say on this.”

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Vladimir Putin wants to destroy us and restore Soviet Union, says Ukraine PM

Arseny Yatseniuk tells European leaders Ukraine is in ‘stage of war’ with Russia as renewed clashes broke out in east Continue reading…
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Putin wants to destroy Ukraine and restore Soviet Union, says Yatseniuk

Ukranian PM tells a conference of European politicians that his country is in a stage of war and Russia is the aggressor Continue reading…
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Ukraine-EU trade pact to be delayed

Move after trilateral meeting is concession to Russia, which has threatened retaliation if trade barriers are lowered

European leaders said on Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. “I’m happy that today, with a trilateral meeting we had in Brussels between the European commission, the Russian government and Ukrainian government, there was broad support for this,” European commission president José Manuel Barroso said in Kiev on Friday. “Let’s see if this can now be the basis for a compromise.”

Moscow has threatened to block Ukrainian goods to Russia if Kiev lowers trade barriers with Europe. The European Union (EU) said it would allow Ukraine to maintain its current tariffs until early 2016, but it would still have to undertake major economic and political reform required by the agreement.

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After Scotland votes, keeping Britain in Europe will be a whole lot harder

Whatever the result, Thursdays referendum has rewritten the political rulebook. What used to work no longer doesNigel Farage was in Glasgow today, about as welcome a sight for no campaigners as the 10,000 members of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, …
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The British brain surgeon who joined the fight against corruption in Ukraine

Doctor and acclaimed author Henry Marsh had worked in Kiev for more than 20 years then found himself in the middle of a revolution Continue reading…
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Julian Assange lawyers lodge appeal against Swedish ruling

Prosecutors accused of gross breach of law by not travelling to UK to interview WikiLeaks founder in Ecuadorian embassy

Swedish lawyers for Julian Assange have argued that prosecutors are in “gross breach of Swedish law”, as they lodged an appeal in a fresh attempt to break the deadlock that has seen the WikiLeaks founder begin his third year living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

“Julian Assange has been kept under house arrest for two years with no medical treatment, no sunshine, no family, no nothing, and this harm should be taken into account when applying Swedish law,” Per Samuelsson, a lawyer for Assange in Stockholm, told the Guardian.

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EU would be safer with Ukraine as member, says Ukrainian president

Petro Poroshenko says at Kiev summit that it would be impolite for Brussels to refuse Ukraine a ‘membership perspective’

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has said he expects Ukraine to join the European Union eventually, and said Europe would be safer, richer and younger with his wartorn country as a member.

Speaking at a summit in Kiev attended by senior EU leaders, Poroshenko said it would be “impolite” for Brussels to refuse Ukraine what he called a “membership perspective”.

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