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Ukrainian forces deny launching new offensive in east

KIEV (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with top security chiefs on Thursday over a “deterioration of the situation” in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels there accused Kiev of launching a new offensive in violation of a ceasefire.<p>A pro-Russian separatist stands guard at …

Ceasefire fails and preparations for war begin

The shelling of Mariupol, a city on the front lines of the war in eastern Ukraine, resumed in earnest at the end of October, just as the country had …

Dozens arrested in slaying of Pakistani couple accused of desecrating Quran

Pakistani police say they have arrested up to 40 people in connection with the killing of a Christian couple in Punjab province who were beaten, then pushed into a burning kiln after being accused of desecrating the Quran.<p>Local police officials said a mob from neighboring villages formed Tuesday …

Is Britain Headed Out of the EU?

Not just yet. But domestic pressure over immigration has made a once remote possibility more plausible.<p>Since it joined the European Union in 1973, Britain's relationship with it has never been easy. But until recently, the possibility that the United Kingdom might leave has always been remote.<p>Not …

Afghanistan and Pakistan urged to improve ties | DW | 04.11.2014

The International Crisis Group (ICG) released a report on October 28 in which it recommended a democratic transition for Pakistan and Afghanistan – …

Vatican official condemns Maynard assisted suicide case in U.S.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A Vatican bioethics official on Tuesday condemned the death by assisted suicide of American Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill 29-year-old who ended her life over the weekend, as an undignified “absurdity”.<p>Brittany Maynard (L) is pictured with her husband Dan Diaz in this …

Ukraine to send reinforcements to key cities in case of rebel attacks

Kiev will send reinforcements to key Ukrainian cities to prevent potential attacks from Russia-backed separatists, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday. He also called on Ukraine’s parliament to rescind a law giving special status to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the east of the country, …

Is child poverty inevitable?

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson visits a family in Inez, Kentucky, during a tour of poverty-stricken areas of the country in April 1964. Earlier that year, Johnson declared a "war on poverty" in his State of the Union address. He then worked with Congress to pass more than 200 pieces of …

No, you can’t fly over a rainbow – that would break the laws of physics

Scientists can rest easy. Colourful “rainbow” pictures do not break the laws of physics.<p>The airline passenger Melissa Rensen, from London, Canada, took the photographs out of an aircraft window as she flew over the Caribbean Sea. Only later did she realise that the shots made it look like the plane …

Astronomers Find Amazing Evidence Of A Star Escaping A Black Hole

A star passed by the black hole close enough that some of its mass fell into the black hole's gravitational grip, but far enough that the star managed to get away still intact with minor damage.<p>A team of astronomers spotted the event in a galaxy about 650 million light years from Earth, which is …

‘Dead’ hearts transplanted into living patients in world first

Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted “dead” hearts into patients for the first time – a groundbreaking procedure with the potential to significantly boost the supply of donor organs.<p>The number of donor hearts has been limited in the past by the fact that they have had to be taken from …