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Ukraine crisis stirs resentment in birthplace of fugitive president

In Yenakiyevo, where Viktor Yanukovych grew up, pro-Russia activists say they envy Crimea and want a return to stability Continue reading…
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Ukrainian troops begin military operation to ‘destroy foreign invader’

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Nigel Farage rejects ‘outrageous’ EU expenses allegations

Ukip leader says he makes legitimate use of flat-rate allowances after it emerged that he pays no rent on his UK office

Nigel Farage has rejected “outrageous” claims that his taxpayer-funded EU office expenses of around £15,000 a year are too high.

The Ukip leader is facing questions about his use of the EU parliamentary expenses system after it emerged that he pays no rent on a small Bognor Regis property designated as his UK office.

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Silvio Berlusconi a career in pictures

The former Italian prime minister has been sentenced to a year of community service at a home for the elderly after his conviction for tax fraud. Here is a look back at some memorable images from his life in Italian politics Continue reading…
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Silvio Berlusconi to do community service to serve sentence for tax fraud

Former Italian prime minister will reportedly be working part-time in a home for the elderly outside MilanSilvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, is to serve his year-long sentence for tax fraud through part-time community service in a ho…
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Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Putin that Moscow faces further action

Presidents clash in tense telephone call as armed separatists seize more buildings in eastern UkraineBarack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a tense phone call that Moscow would face further costs for its actions in Ukraine and …
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Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russia forces lay siege to official buildings in east live

Putin denies Russia ‘meddling’ in call with ObamaUS says takeovers ‘planned in advance’Putin watching ‘with great concern’Russian fighter flew over US warship: PentagonCIA director visits KievRead latest blog summary Continue reading…
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Pro-Russian militias fill the vacuum as Kiev’s control in eastern Ukraine slips

As ‘Cossacks’ appear in Slavyansk from Crimea, some believe Vladimir Putin is raising tensions wreck the presidential elections

On the steps of Slavyansk’s occupied town hall a group of armed men in fatigues posed happily for photos. They were equipped with Kalashnikovs military-issue AK-74s commando knives, flak jackets and walkie-talkies. Round the back, close to the main square with its Lenin statue, was a green military truck. It bore no insignia.

Who exactly were they? “We’re Cossacks,” one of the group explained. “It doesn’t matter where we are from.” He declined to give his name. Instead, he offered a quick history lesson, stretching back a thousand years, to when Slavic tribes banded together to form Kievan Rus the dynasty that eventually flourished into modern-day Ukraine and its big neighbour Russia.

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GlaxoSmithKline accused of bribing doctors in Poland

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Pain in Spain as bank warns of 10-year jobs blight and public debt leaps 8.1bn

Spanish bank BBVA says unemployment may take a decade to recover from financial crisis and public debt hits 95% of GDP

Spanish unemployment could take 10 more years to return to the levels seen before the financial crisis, according to a report that paints a picture of an economy hampered by low wages, low skills and lack of investment in research.

Spanish workers earn 20%-40% less than those in other leading European countries, according to the study by Spain’s second-biggest bank, BBVA. The earnings gap is partly explained by very high unemployment, which BBVA said “derives from a labour market that functions substantially worse than in other countries”.

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