22 Feb 2014

Protesters Take Control of Kiev

“Government authority appeared to melt away Saturday, leaving protesters to take control of the capital’s center. President Viktor Yanukovych left the capital for a city in the country’s Russian-speaking east but allies said he had no intention of giving up power. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko called on parliament to vote

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22 Feb 2014

Ukraine’s Leader Flees Palace as Protesters Widen Control

“An opposition unit took control of the presidential palace outside Kiev on Saturday, as leaders in Parliament said Ukraine’s president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, had fled the capital a day after a deal was reached aimed at ending the country’s spiral of violence.” Source: Ukraine’s Leader Flees Palace as Protesters Widen

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22 Feb 2014

Obama meets with Dalai Lama despite opposition of China

“President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House on Friday, casting aside familiar objections from China in favor of a private conversation on human rights with the Tibetan spiritual leader. The meeting was the third White House sit-down between Obama and the exiled Buddhist monk, and each has

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22 Feb 2014

UN Security Council considers targeted sanctions in Yemen

“The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution to impose travel bans and asset freezes on people in Yemen who obstruct or undermine the country’s political transition and those who commit human rights violations.” Source: UN Security Council considers targeted sanctions in Yemen | GulfNews.com

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22 Feb 2014

One killed in south Yemen pro-independence protests

“At least one person was killed and 20 wounded in overnight clashes between police and pro-independence demonstrators in southern Yemen, a local official and witnesses said on Friday. Yemen’s president has approved turning the country into a federal state, giving more regional autonomy, but stopping short of granting independence to

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22 Feb 2014

Iran’s most sensitive uranium stockpile falls after nuclear deal

“The size of Iran’s most contested uranium stockpile has declined significantly for the first time in four years following a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in November, the U.N. atomic watchdog reported on Thursday.” Source: Iran’s most sensitive uranium stockpile falls after nuclear deal | Reuters

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22 Feb 2014

Syrian army steps up bombardment of southern province

“The Syrian army on Friday intensified its aerial bombardment of southern Syria as opposition fighters were preparing to launch a wide offensive in a province bordering Jordan, activists said.” Source: Syrian army steps up bombardment of southern province – The Washington Post

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21 Feb 2014

Iraq offers $17,200 reward for killing jihadists

“Iraq’s government has offered a reward of $17,200 (£10,300) for each foreign militant killed from al-Qaeda or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a former affiliate. A larger reward of $25,800 (£15,500) is being offered for the capture of militants belonging to the two groups. The announcement

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21 Feb 2014

Russia to Establish Arctic Military Command

“Russia will establish a new strategic military command in the Arctic by the end of the year, according to local news reports. RIA Novosti, citing a high ranking official in Russia’s General Staff, said the new force would be called the Northern Fleet-Unified Strategic Command. The news agency quoted the

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21 Feb 2014

Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House

“US President Barack Obama will meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday, US officials say. China has urged the US to cancel the meeting, saying it will ‘seriously impair China-US relations’.” Source: BBC News – Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House

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