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Opposing groups clash in Ukraine's Crimea region

KIEV, Ukraine --Clashes in Ukraine on Wednesday between demonstrators supporting Russian involvement in the Crimea region and those opposed left one person dead of an apparent heart attack and many others injured, officials said.<p>The violence in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea in southern Ukraine, …

Ukrainian skier pulls out of Sochi due to 'ban on black armbands'

Bogdana Matsotska claims Olympics outlawed armbands symbolising grief for Kiev dead, and says she cannot compete 'in name of Yanukovych government'<p>A Ukrainian skier who pulled out of the Olympics in protest at the violence in Kiev has said an International Olympic Committee move to ban black …

EU imposes sanctions on Ukrainian officials

The European Union has agreed to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on Ukrainian officials who are deemed responsible for the violence in the country, according to EU foreign ministers and officials.<p>Thursday's announcement came hours after at least 70 people were killed in the anti-government …

Pussy Riot Detained for Hours in Sochi, Leave Station Singing

SOCHI, Russia — Two members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist protest band that gained worldwide attention for opposing President Vladimir Putin, were detained here Tuesday in the biggest political disruption of the Winter Olympics so far.<p>Police said that they were questioning the women, Nadezhda …

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Pussy Riot Says Russia Is Blocking Campaign To Reform Prisons

(Fixes typo in headline)<p>* Two Pussy Riot members freed from jail in December amnesty<p>* Complain of harassment in efforts to help prisoners<p>* Say Russia's "gay propaganda" law sows hatred of gays<p>By Gareth Jones<p>BERLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot accused Moscow on …

Justice Dept. latest to apply privileges, protections for same-sex spouses

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday evening that the Justice Department will now follow a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex spouses, which means they will no longer be compelled to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases.<p>The policy changes mean same-sex spouses …

Children tortured and raped by Assad's forces - report

Children have endured 'unspeakable' and 'unacceptable' suffering during Syria's civil war, UN's Ban Ki-moon says<p>Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad's forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country's …

El Salvador ex-rebel faces gang-fighting conservative in vote | Reuters

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former left-wing guerrilla commander faced-off against a conservative rival who wants to send the army in to fight powerful street gangs in El Salvador’s presidential election on Sunday.<p>Voters wait in line to cast their votes in the presidential elections at a polling …

New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

Small change to criminal code has huge consequences in country where 'honour' killings and forced marriage are rife<p>A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country …