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      May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked
      May01

      May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked

      Security forces pushed back demonstrators using water cannons and tear gas. The demonstrations are the first large-scale protests since the government passed a security bill this year giving police expanded powers to crack down on protesters. Thousands of people marched in the capital Seoul on Friday for a third week to protest government labor...

      Chinese and Russian navies to hold joint drills in Mediterranean
      May01

      Chinese and Russian navies to hold joint drills in Mediterranean

      HONG KONG — The Chinese navy will hold joint exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean in May, China’s Defense Ministry said Thursday, a further indication of the closer ties between the two countries and of the navy’s increasing ambitions. “The aim is to deepen both countries’ friendly and practical cooperation and increase...

      Austria turns down U.S. extradition request for Ukrainian mogul
      May01

      Austria turns down U.S. extradition request for Ukrainian mogul

      VIENNA — Far from the mortar fire in Donetsk and Luhansk, a different battle for Ukraine’s future had been playing out in a courthouse in Vienna and at the Justice Department in Washington, where U.S. officials had spent the last year pressing for the extradition of Dmitry Firtash, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest and most powerful...

      Polish biker says a Night Wolves member made it into country
      Apr30

      Polish biker says a Night Wolves member made it into country

      WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish biker said Thursday that at least one member of a nationalistic Russian motorcycle club appears to have entered Poland despite a ban, and visited the Auschwitz memorial site with two other Russians — one of whom briefly unfurled a Soviet flag. The pro-Kremlin Night Wolves, who are on a ride commemorating the Russian...

      Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers again
      Apr29

      Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers again

      KIEV, Ukraine — Separatist rebels in the east of Ukraine have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal, Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday. The army said rebels fired Grad rockets Monday evening at the government-held town of Avdiivka, which lies on the fringes of the main rebel...

      Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers again
      Apr28

      Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers again

      KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday that separatist rebels in the east have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal. The army said in a statement that rebels fired Grad rockets Monday evening at the government-held town of Avdiivka, which lies on the fringes of the...

      Ukraine’s rebels mete out rough justice in authority vacuum
      Apr28

      Ukraine’s rebels mete out rough justice in authority vacuum

      KRASNYI PARTYZAN, Ukraine (AP) — A bruised rebel fighter in battle fatigues is tied to a traffic pole, avoiding glances as a crude message hung about his neck flutters in the wind: I am a marauder. In the maelstrom of conflict, summary justice has become commonplace in rebel-controlled areas, and it targets civilians and combatants alike. The...

      Poland blocks Russian bikers traveling to Berlin to mark WWII end
      Apr28

      Poland blocks Russian bikers traveling to Berlin to mark WWII end

      TERESPOL, Poland — Polish border guards on Monday blocked 10 nationalistic Russian bikers loyal to President Vladimir Putin from entering Poland as part of a ride to commemorate the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago. The bikers — who have stirred controversy with their support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea —...

      Ukraine leader sees country ready for EU entrance in 5 years
      Apr27

      Ukraine leader sees country ready for EU entrance in 5 years

      Guiding Ukraine toward integration with Europe was at the heart of the movement that culminated in last year’s toppling of former President Viktor Yanukovych, who provoked anger by canceling plans to deepen trade ties with the EU. …read more Source: San Francisco...

      Kazakhstan goes to polls as president expected to win
      Apr26

      Kazakhstan goes to polls as president expected to win

      ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Voters in Kazakhstan turned out in abundance at polling stations Sunday for a presidential election guaranteed to overwhelmingly reconfirm the incumbent, who has ruled over the former Soviet republic for more than 25 years. Nursultan Nazarbayev, 74, wrote in an opinion piece before the election that the vote would give...