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Bitter mood on eve of Ukraine's election

Kiev - The mood in Maidan Square, epicentre of Ukraine's democracy revolution, was as bitter on the eve of Sunday's parliamentary elections as the suddenly freezing October wind.

Allies of deposed leader struggling in Ukraine vote

Kramatorsk - As he campaigned for Ukraine's parliamentary polls, to be held Sunday, Nestor Shufrych was pelted with eggs and injured in a scuffle with nationalists.It's not easy for one-time allies of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine these days.

Ukraine readies to vote under shadow of war

Kiev - Ukrainian leaders made final appeals to voters ahead of snap parliamentary elections Sunday that are intended to give impetus to democratic reforms, but are overshadowed by deepening conflict with Russia and pro-Russian rebels.

War-scarred Ukraine counts down to key vote

Kiev - Ukraine wraps up campaigning Friday for a weekend vote that will dramatically reshape parliament after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state.

French court authorises extradition of Kazakh tycoon Ablyazov

Lyon - A French court on Friday authorised the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine, despite concerns over his safety if the move goes ahead.

Sanctions taint Norway love affair with Russian liberators

Oslo - In the far north of Norway, sanctions imposed on Russia have left a bitter after-taste as the region celebrates the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi rule by the Soviet army.

Pro-Russian mood lingers in ex-rebel city as Ukraine vote looms

Donetsk - In the war-scarred city of Slavyansk in east Ukraine few people are looking to the future with hope as they gear up for a parliamentary poll this Sunday.

Sweden calls off search for mystery subs

Stockholm - Sweden called off a massive hunt Friday for at least one mystery foreign submarine in its waters that had worrying echoes of Cold War stand-offs, after calling the incursion "unacceptable".

'What vote?': Ukrainian refugees in Russia scorn Kiev poll

- While much of Ukraine is abuzz with campaigning for Sunday's parliamentary poll, refugees who have fled fighting in the east for Russia say they want nothing to do with the vote. "Ukrainian elections? What elections?

Billionaire Soros urges Europe to 'wake up' and save Ukraine

Paris - US billionaire investor George Soros warned Thursday that Europe's very existence was being threatened by Russia, in a scathing criticism of the EU's response to the Ukraine crisis.

Heads roll in Russia as more details emerge of Total crash

Moscow - Top Russian airport officials quit on Thursday as more employees were detained over the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total.

President's party leads in final polls before Ukraine vote

Kiev - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko's party on Wednesday led the final polls before Sunday's parliamentary vote held as the country faced an unresolved Russian gas dispute and raging hostilities in the east.

Sweden pulls back ships as 'foreign sub' hunt draws blank

Stockholm - Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found.

Poroshenko party short of majority in Ukraine vote: poll

Kiev - The last major poll published Wednesday ahead of Ukraine's parliamentary election showed President Petro Poroshenko's party seizing up to a third of seats but reliant on help from nationalist parties to form a ruling coalition.

Total names new bosses as Russia probes CEO plane crash

Paris - French oil giant Total on Wednesday named new bosses to lead one of the world's biggest energy companies after its chief executive was killed in Moscow when his private jet hit a snowplough as it was taking off.

Russian investigators probe Total CEO crash black boxes

Moscow - Russian investigators said on Wednesday they were analysing the black boxes from the jet that crashed in Moscow this week, killing the chief executive of France's Total oil company.

Surgeons in Ukraine's rebel Donetsk confirm cluster bomb usage

Donetsk - Surgeons in east Ukraine's rebel hub of Donetsk, where dozens of civilians have died in recent weeks, confirmed on Tuesday that some patients were victims of cluster bombs, as alleged by Human Rights Watch.

Ukraine vows to probe banned 'cluster bomb' charges

Kiev - Ukraine's Western-backed leadership vowed on Tuesday to conduct a full inquiry into allegations the army used banned "cluster bombs" in its push against pro-Russian insurgents in the separatist east.

More sightings of 'foreign sub' as Sweden says it could use force

Stockholm - Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days as two new sightings of the vessel were revealed.

Russia blames 'negligent' airport bosses for Total CEO's crash

Moscow - Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash at a Moscow airport that killed the head of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.

Total chief executive De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff.

CEO of oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

Moscow - The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff.Total confirmed the death of the 63-year-old early on Tuesday.

EU sees less violence in eastern Ukraine

Luxemburg - The European Union said Monday it believed a ceasefire and peace plan have helped reduce fighting between government and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine but condemned continued violations of the accord.

Ukraine says goodbye Lenin as Communists face poll wipeout

Zaporizhzhya - Ever since Oleksiy Baburin's Stalin statue in southeastern Ukraine was bombed, he has been hiding it behind heavy metal blinds. Now the Communist lawmaker says his entire party is under attack.

Mysterious sub near Stockholm might be Dutch: Russian source

Moscow - A mysterious "foreign vessel" the Swedish military have been searching for off the coast of Stockholm might belong to the Netherlands, a source in the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday.

Dutch MH17 relative visits Ukraine crash site

Den Haag - A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.

Germany says Ukraine rebels downed MH17 'with seized missiles'

Berlin - German intelligence has accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine using missiles captured from government forces, a media report said Sunday.

Swedish military releases photo of mysterious 'foreign vessel'

Stockholm - The Swedish military on Sunday presented photographic evidence of a mysterious "foreign vessel" off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports of being on the "hunt" for a damaged submarine.

Ukraine set to cement shift West in wartime vote

Kiev - War-weary Ukrainians pick a powerful new parliament next Sunday set to be dominated by pro-Western and nationalist forces who will determine if President Petro Poroshenko can make peace with the Kremlin while holding on to the separatist east.

Ukraine, Russia see imminent end to latest gas war

Kiev - Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge on Sunday of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months.
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