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Bail withheld for Christian rocker held on child porn possession

Chicopee - A Christian rock musician from Massachusetts will remain behind bars pending trial because the FBI contends thousands of downloaded images of child pornography were allegedly found on his computer.

Op-Ed: Time to talk about restoring the Donbass

Kiev - Despite Kiev’s Constitutional Court’s positive assessment of the government’s groundbreaking decentralization plans that would give more powers and autonomy to all Ukrainian regions, all sides of the debate appear to have walked away feeling cheated

Ukraine on edge after clashes as third policeman dies

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko defended on Tuesday controversial legislation giving more autonomy to pro-Russian rebels that sparked deadly street battles in Kiev.

Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, a history of violence

Kiev - The Ukrainian ultranationalist party Svoboda, blamed for clashes that killed one person and injured dozens more outside parliament on Monday, has a long-established reputation for violent confrontation.

Ukraine president vows 'severe' punishment for instigators of deadly Kiev clashes

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday said those behind deadly Kiev clashes that erupted after a vote on autonomy for separatist eastern regions deserved severe punishment, calling the violence a "stab in the back.

Ukraine points finger at ultra-nationalists after Kiev clash

Kiev - A member of Ukraine's National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country's breakaway reg...

Ukraine MPs back reform giving more autonomy to pro-Russia east

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Monday backed a first reading of draft constitutional reforms demanded by the West which grant greater autonomy to the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

Jailed filmmaker inspires Ukraine with bestselling book

Kiev - Ukrainians are snapping up the autobiography of film director Oleg Sentsov, who was last week sentenced by Russia to 20 years in prison in a shock ruling that sparked global condemnation.

'Cure' for Chernobyl children: Sun, sea, clean air in Portugal

Peniche - Anya wasn't even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the disused plant.

Ukraine clashes kill eight, hurting push for new truce

Kiev - Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Thursday reported the death of eight people in fresh clashes that endanger nascent talks on a new truce agreement for the war-torn separatist east.

Former Ukraine rebel head starts support group for Russian fighters

Moscow - A former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine on Thursday announced he was launching a support network for Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of those killed.

Final MH17 report due October 13: Dutch investigators

Den Haag - The final report into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine last year will be released in October 13, Dutch investigators said on Thursday.

Ukraine averts default with major debt write-down deal

Kiev - Ukraine said Thursday it has reached a crucial debt restructuring deal that will see lenders accept a 20-percent write-down and keep global markets open to the cash-strapped ex-Soviet state.

More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers mount exercise in Germany

Berlin - More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers jumped from aircraft above Germany Wednesday in one of the alliance's largest airborne training exercise in Europe since the Cold War ended, the US army said.

EU-Russia ties at new low ahead of Ukraine talks

Brussels - Ties between the EU and Russia remain at their lowest ebb over the conflict in Ukraine, ahead of a series of key talks including a visit by President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels on Thursday.

Finland 'in no position' to defend Baltic states: President

Helsinki - Finland is in no position to help defend its Baltic neighbours and fellow EU members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania should it become necessary, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Tuesday.

Ukraine says EU ready to toughen stance against Russia

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday that the leaders of Germany and France had agreed to back "firm" steps against Russia should pro-Moscow rebels hold disputed elections in the ex-Soviet state's separatist east.

Sentsov: Film director turned political prisoner

Moscow - Oleg Sentsov, jailed by Russia Tuesday for 20 years on "terrorism" charges, is a promising young film director who financed his first movie from the proceeds of his children's computer and video-gaming club.

Russia court jails Ukrainian filmmaker for 'terrorism'

Rostov-on-don - A Russian military court on Tuesday sentenced a Ukrainian filmmaker to 20 years in a prison colony on terror charges in a trial condemned by Kiev, Western rights groups and top film directors.

U.S. to deploy F-22 Raptor fighter jets in Europe

Washington - The United States soon will deploy F-22 Raptors in Europe, sending the stealth fighter jets to reassure NATO partners concerned about Russia's actions in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said.

Ukraine leader accuses Russia of arms supplies to rebel east

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday accused Russia of sending major military backup to pro-Moscow rebels, speaking just ahead of talks on the conflict with the French and German leaders.

Hollande, Merkel 'to discuss EU migrant crisis on Monday'

Paris - The French and German leaders will meet in Berlin on Monday to give a new push to European efforts to tackle the biggest migrant crisis in 50 years, a source in the French presidency said.

Kremlin critic Maria Gaidar upbeat after Ukraine switch

Odessa - She has long been a figure within Russia's liberal opposition. And then came the war with Ukraine and a divorce with her homeland which saw her taking Ukrainian citizenship and a top post in Odessa.

Putin to be notable absentee at Ukraine crisis talks in Berlin

Kiev - The heads of Germany and France will meet Kiev's pro-Western leader in Berlin on Monday for Ukrainian crisis talks most notable for their diplomatically-charged exclusion of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Russia court nixes bid to move Ukraine pilot trial to Moscow

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday turned down an appeal to shift the high-profile trial of a Ukrainian female helicopter pilot from southern Russia to Moscow, her lawyer said.

Putin warns hostile states plotting 'sabotage' in Crimea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday that several foreign states were recruiting and training people to carry out acts of sabotage on the Crimean peninsula seized by Moscow last year.

Russia prosecutors seek 23 years jail for Ukraine filmmaker

Moscow - Russian prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov be jailed for 23 years on terror charges, in a trial decried by the West.

NATO warns pro-Russia rebels against more Ukraine land grabs

Brussels - NATO on Wednesday warned pro-Russian separatists against grabbing more land in eastern Ukraine and stressed Moscow has a "special responsibility" to help restore peace as fighting escalates.

Putin open to meeting Obama at UN meet: Russian FM

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin would be open to meeting with American counterpart Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.

U.S. launches biggest allied airborne drills since Cold War ended

Brussels - The United States said Tuesday it has launched the biggest allied airborne drills in Europe since the Cold War ended, as fighting involving pro-Russian separatists escalated in eastern Ukraine.
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Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank on the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol, on September 5, 2014
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
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An event to protest the ongoing genocide in both Ukraine and Palestine was held on the beachfront in Fuengirola, Spain on July 22, 2014.
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