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Malta: 90 African refugees rescued off Malta
21st Mar 2014

Malta: 90 African refugees rescued off Malta

  [African refugees rescued off coast of Malta archive photo] VALLETTA, (Xinhua): Some 90 African refugees have been rescued at sea off Malta by an Armed Forces Malta patrol vessel, a government statement said. The refugees, including five women, were … Continued

EU leaders hit Russia with more sanctions over Crimea
21st Mar 2014

EU leaders hit Russia with more sanctions over Crimea

  The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on 12 more individuals for their part in Russia’s seizure of Crimea. Bloc leaders have also begun preparations for harsher economic sanctions if Russia does not back down. French President Francois Hollande … Continued

Ukraine to pull troops out of disputed Crimea
20th Mar 2014

Ukraine to pull troops out of disputed Crimea

    Ukraine has announced plans to remove its military forces from the disputed Crimean territory. The announcement comes just hours after pro-Russian forces took control of several military bases across the peninsula. Pro-Russian military forces seized two military bases … Continued

Ukraine: EU mulls Crimea response as US warns Moscow of further sanctions
19th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU mulls Crimea response as US warns Moscow of further sanctions

  Washington has warned Moscow that it could face further isolation over the signing of a treaty to annex Crimea. While the EU debates more sanctions, Russian lawmakers have mocked measures announced so far. US Vice President Joe Biden warned … Continued

Ukraine: Putin signs decree recognizing Crimea has a sovereign state
18th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Putin signs decree recognizing Crimea has a sovereign state

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognizing Crimea as a sovereign state. It comes after Western leaders rejected a referendum in which 97 percent of Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation. According to a Kremlin statement, … Continued

Ukraine: 96.6 pct Crimean voters favour joining Russia
17th Mar 2014

Ukraine: 96.6 pct Crimean voters favour joining Russia

[Mikhail Malyshev, chairman of the commission preparing and holding the All-Crimea Referendum in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, speaks to the press in Simferopol, capital of Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea.  (Xinhua/Sadat)] SIMFEROPOL, (Xinhua): A whopping 96.6 percent of Crimean … Continued

Ukraine: Crimea votes in contentious referendum on joining Russia
16th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Crimea votes in contentious referendum on joining Russia

    [Volunteers from self-defense units are taking an oath of allegiance to the people of Crimea as the autonomous republic puts together its own military on March 10, 2014 (RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikov)] Residents of Crimea are voting … Continued

14th Mar 2014

Russia says it “does not want war” as Ukraine PM asks for talks

Moscow’s UN envoy has told the Security Council that Russia does not want to start a war over the Crimea crisis. It comes as rival demonstrations in eastern Ukraine turned bloody. Ahead of a  referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region on … Continued

13th Mar 2014

US: Yatsenyuk visits Washington: Ukraine will ‘never surrender’

Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has said his country won’t “surrender” in its fight for sovereignty. The comments were made during his visit with US President Obama amid a diplomatic crisis with Russia.   “Ukraine is and will be part … Continued

12th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Crimea’s Parliament pushes independence ahead of referendum

Crimea’s Parliament has said if the region votes to join Russia it’ll declare itself independent and propose to become part of Russia. Europe’s security and democracy watchdog has called the upcoming referendum illegal. Sunday’s  upcoming referendum on the Ukrainian peninsula … Continued

11th Mar 2014

UK: London to host int’l meeting over sanctions on Russia on Ukraine

LONDON, (Xinhua): Britain is to host an international meeting on Tuesday to discuss possible sanctions against a list of Russians amid ratcheted-up pressure by Western countries to urge Russia to withdraw its forces in Crimea. Britain is mulling sanctions on … Continued

11th Mar 2014

EU prepares Russia sanctions, NATO sends planes to monitor Ukraine

The European Union is preparing fresh sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Crimea. This comes as NATO announced it was to deploy reconnaissance aircraft in Poland to monitor events in Ukraine. The European Union is preparing … Continued

10th Mar 2014

Merkel warns Putin against ‘illegal’ actions in Ukraine

Angela Merkel has told Vladimir Putin that a referendum on Crimea would violate international law. The Crimean parliament’s decision to vote on joining the Russian Federation has only worsened the diplomatic stalemate. On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President … Continued

7th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU and US start Russia sanctions, call Crimea referendum illegal

The EU and US have both announced preliminary steps against Russia over the situation in Crimea. Chancellor Angela Merkel said EU economic sanctions could follow within days unless Russia changes tack. The European Union announced that it would suspend talks … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU freezes Yanukovych, Ukraine assets after only minimal progress in Paris

The European Union has said that it is freezing the assets of 18 people – including the deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych – suspected of misappropriating Ukrainian state funds. This precedes an EU leaders’ summit. The European Council on Thursday morning … Continued

5th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Merkel discusses Russian ‘off-ramp’ with Obama

President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken for around an hour about possible solutions to the Crimean standoff. Merkel’s foreign minister has said he sees a “small chance” of a political solution. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sought … Continued

4th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Ousting a democratically elected leader backed by West

  By Chandra Muzaffar If Ukraine is on the brink of a catastrophe, it is mainly because the present regime in Kiev and its supporters, backed by certain Western powers had violated a fundamental principle of democratic governance. They had … Continued

4th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Yanukovych asked Putin, military to restore ‘law and order’

Russia has displayed a letter at the UN Security Council, saying former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russian military intervention. The US and UK called the maneuvers “a response to an imaginary threat.” Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin … Continued

3rd Mar 2014

Ukraine: NATO condemns “military escalation” in Crimea, urging peaceful resolution

By Shuai Rong BRUSSELS, (Xinhua): The NATO on Sunday condemned Russia’s “military escalation” in Crimea of southern Ukraine and expressed “grave concern” regarding the authorization by the Russian Parliament to use armed forces on the territory of Ukraine. “Military action … Continued

3rd Mar 2014

Ukraine: G7 condemns Russian military action in Crimea

  Leaders of the G7 industrial powers have condemned Russia’s military presence in the Crimea as a “clear” violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. The group has promised strong financial backing to the new government in Kyiv.  Symbolically calling themselves the ‘G7,’ … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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