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Italy grants refugee status to Kazakh tycoon

Italy has granted political refugee status to the family of a Kazakh tycoon, who is in prison in France fighting an extradition order from Russia and Ukraine where he is wanted for massive fraud, lawyers said.

Louisville Kentucky to pay whistleblower cop $450,000

Louisville Metro Government has agreed to pay $450,000 to a former police detective who says he was demoted to patrol officer on the graveyard shift for trying to help an imprisoned woman prove her innocence on a homicide charge.

Kremlin calls on West not to treat Russia as naughty schoolchild

Kremlin called the position of the West on Ukraine a “hypocrisy fair”.

Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

US dollar dying as tensions over Ukraine heat up

The US dollar is losing its dominance on global trade amid spiraling tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine, says an analyst.

Putin explains Russia's position on Ukraine

Government whistleblower Edward Snowden made an unexpected appearance at a televised question and answer session with Vladimir Putin. After answering questions about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Russian president took a recorded question from Snowden regarding whether Russia conducts electronic surveillance similar to that carried out by the National Security Agency. Putin replied that electronic surveillance is only done in accordance with the law, and mass data collection does not occur.

Putin explains Russia's position on Ukraine

Girls only! Ukraine imposes travel restrictions on Russian men

Russian men aged 16 to 60 entering Ukraine without their families will only be allowed in if they have close relatives or an invitation, according to Ukrainian officials. Previously, all Russians could travel to Ukraine with just their internal IDs.

Girls only! Ukraine imposes travel restrictions on Russian men

Female Russian journo beaten while covering chaotic base siege in Ukraine

More than ten thousand Russians have already been denied entry to Ukraine recently - including dozens of journalists covering the crisis. Two Russian journalists say they were detained and beaten by Ukrainian troops in the aftermath of protesters' attempts to seize a military base in the southern city of Mariupol.

'Beat Reporting': Female Russian journo 'kicked' over coverage of chaotic base siege in Ukraine

‘Letter to Jews’ cited by Kerry appears to be fake

A letter urging the Jews of Donetsk to get registered, which the US Secretary of State cited in Geneva, is a fake says a man whose signature appears on the communication.

Obama Says Russia Could Face Additional Sanctions Over Ukraine

The United States has not stopped considering imposing additional sanctions against Russia, President Barack Obama said while commenting on the results of four-party talks in Geneva on the Ukrainian crisis.

Europe understands there is no backtracking on Crimea according to Russia's ambassador to the EU

Europe is fully aware that there is no and there will be no backtracking on Crimea, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said on Friday.

North Carolina Trooper caught doing 80mph to get to Dunkin’ Donuts

I know it sounds like a cliché, but an investigation by ABC News 20/20 found many incidences of police driving at speeds well over the posted limit in non-emergency situations, including one where the driver was touching 80mph on a mission to get the day's supply of doughnuts.  

North Carolina Police Officers Caught Speeding (20/20 - ABC News) 10/4/2013

French bank bosses to explain 'indecent' pay

France’s economy minister, outraged by huge pay hikes the bosses of the country’s biggest banks have awarded themselves in the past year, called the chiefs to a meeting to “explain” their “indecent” pay.

Biology pupils find horse meat in test of kebab

Schoolchildren in western Germany came across horse meat while testing doner kebabs in a biology experiment. It comes a year after the horse meat scandal which showed much meat on sale in Europe had been mislabelled.

Royal Bank of Scotland 'Cleared' Of Ill-Treating Small Firms

A review ordered by the Royal Bank of Scotland has cleared the lender of fraud against small and medium-sized business customers.

Roseville, MN officers accused of savage beating of immigrant

He says he was wrestled to the ground and had a Taser used against him during a routine traffic stop in Roseville, and he's doing more than claiming the cops went too far -- he's taking them to court.

NATO Chief Rasmussen secretly taped, leaked meeting when he was Danish PM

President Vladimir Putin at the Q&A session in Moscow said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, when Danish PM, secretly taped private conversation with Putin and leaked it to the press.

Putin: NATO Chief Rasmussen secretly taped, leaked meeting when he was Danish PM

Anglo Irish Bank accused could each face five years in prison for each offence

After being found guilty of 10 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to ten developers, former Anglo Irish Bank executives Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer will return for sentencing on 28 April.

Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya

A Tunisian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday in Tripoli in unknown circumstances, a Libyan security source told AFP, just two days after armed men seized Jordan's ambassador.

Italian court: 'You don't have to name to defame on Facebook'

Facebook users in Italy may want to think twice next time they post something on the social networking site after the country’s highest court ruled that insults on the site – even ones with an unnamed target – could be regarded as defamatory.

'Knockout game' spreads to Italy and claims its first victim

A man has died in Pisa after being punched in the head while walking in the city centre in an attack characteristic of the so-called ‘knockout game’, a vicious street-game craze that originated in the US, whereby passers-by are punched for the fun of it.

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Why has the British Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book on Afghanistan?

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

US to Putin: This could get ugly

CIA Director John Brennan’s recent secret visit to Ukraine carried a warning from US President Barack Obama to Russian President Vladimir Putin about possible future confrontation between the two former Cold War rivals, an analyst says.

Loss of life in Ukraine is fault of Russian authorities according to Ukraine's Putsch-appointed PM

"There is the only one person in the world who believes that there are no Russian troops in the East of Ukraine, the name of this man – Putin," the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk told to reporters.

No room in Ukraine’s future for politicians or parties calling for hatred — Russia's FM

Ukrainian politicians and parties who have stained their names by incitement to hatred must be barred from having a say in Ukraine’s future state system, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, commenting on the report by Rita Izsak, Independent Expert on minority issues of the United Nations Human Rights Council, after her visit to Ukraine.

Putin on Kiev op: 'Tanks, jets against own people?! Are they nuts?!'

Putin has criticized Ukraine’s coup-appointed government for using tanks and jets against its own people, during a live Q&A session. Branding Kiev’s approach as a “crime,” Putin said they must open dialogue with eastern Ukraine.

Texas police officer caught on video breaking student's arm while attempting to stop school fight

A police officer was caught on video breaking the arm of a high school student while breaking up a school fight.

Report blames Syrian government for torture

A report by a group of international lawyers and prosecutors has found evidence of what it says is systematic torture by the Syrian government. At the request of France, members of the UN Security Council viewed graphic pictures in a closed session on Tuesday.

Report blames Syrian government for torture

US warns Russia of further sanctions

The US has prepared a new list of sanctions against Russia that it says it will implement if the Kremlin fails to pull its troops from the border with eastern Ukraine. Last month the US placed restrictions on influential Russian businessmen and blacklisted a bank. President Barack Obama has now raised the idea of targeting sanctions at entire sectors of Russia's economy, such as oil and mining, but that could also impact US companies.

US warns Russia of further sanctions

Switching Sides: Ukrainian armored unit joins anti-government protesters in east

Ukrainian armoured vehicle crews have switched sides, joining the anti-government protesters in the East. Activists place a Russian flag on one of them.

Switching Sides: Ukrainian armored unit joins anti-govt protesters in east

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