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UPDATE 3-U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring; Russian charged | Reuters

(Adds FBI declining to comment on Zeus authorship)<p>By Joseph Menn, Jim Finkle and Aruna Viswanatha<p>June 2 (Reuters) - A U.S.-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and …

Ukraine: pro-Russia rebels killed attempting to storm border guard base

At least five pro-Russia rebels were killed and another eight injured after they attempted to storm a military base in Ukraine close to the border with Russia.<p>The separatists ambushed a guard post near the city of Luhansk early Monday morning. About 100 gunmen took part in the original offensive, …

Russian troops pulling back from Ukrainian border, U.S. officials say

Russia has begun pulling most of its roughly 40,000 troops away from its border with Ukraine, a move that U.S. and<p>NATOofficials called encouraging.<p>Defense SecretaryChuck Hagel said the movement of soldiers and equipment was promising but added that all of the Russian troops shifted to the area …

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Presidents of Russia and France to discuss Ukraine crisis in Paris

Talks will be Vladimir Putin's first meeting with the head of state of a major western power since Russia's annexation of Crimea<p>The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will discuss the crisis in Ukraine at talks with his French counterpart, François Hollande, in Paris on 5 June, the Kremlin has said.<p>…

Battles Rage in Donetsk as Ukraine Accuses Militia of Arms Smuggling

KIEV - Ukraine accused Russian militia of smuggling a convoy of arms across the border Tuesday as a fierce battles continued between Kievs forces and pro-Moscow separatists in the city of Donetsk.<p>A column of trucks and cars carrying Kalashnikov rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives …

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Ukrainian troops, separatists battle at Donetsk airport

Intense fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine on Monday when government air and ground forces attacked pro-Russian separatist gunmen who had seized an airport terminal.<p>The clashes between Ukraine's Army and separatists in Donetsk have caused some casualties, according to a statement posted on the …

North Korean 'executed for communicating with outside world'

The death sentence has been imposed upon at least one person caught making phone contact with South Korea from a location near the Chinese-North Korean border, Daily NK has learned via detailed testimony from a source in the region.<p>“At the beginning of this year they amended the criminal code,” the …

Putin: Russia Will Respect Ukraine's Election

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Exclusive: Al Qaeda's American Fighters Are Coming Home -- And U.S. Intelligence Can't Find Them

The number of American extremists who have flocked to Syria is higher than previously understood, American intelligence sources say. And some of the …

N. Korean shelling a likely warning, not attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's artillery shelling near a South Korean warship patrolling disputed waters was likely a warning, not an attack …

Thailand army declares martial law, denies coup

Here's a summary of the main developments:<p><b>Thailand's army has declared martial law, and while its generals continued to insist they have not staged a coup, they showed they were in control of key levers of power.</b> The army did not inform the caretaker government of its plan to declare martial law. …

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<b>The Ukraine in Turmoil</b><p><b>by Israel Shamir</b><p>Vineyard Saker,<p>18 May, 2014<p>It is not much fun to be in Kiev these days. The revolutionary excitement is over, …

The Ukraine in Turmoil by Israel Shamir

I want to express my gratitude to Israel Shamir who kindly sent me this excellent analysis for publication on my blog. I hope that in the future he …

North Korea: Apology over Pyongyang building collapse

<b>North Korean officials have apologised for the collapse of an apartment building in Pyongyang which is feared to have killed scores of people.</b><p>The accident in Pyongyang on Tuesday was reported on Sunday morning by the official Korean Central News Agency.<p>It said that the collapse happened in the …

UN Official Urges World Governments To Take 'Bold Action' On Killer Robots

The United Nations has started a four day meeting of government officials and experts to discuss the advent of autonomous killer robots and whether nations should commit to new international laws on their development.<p>In opening remarks at the talks, acting director-general of the United Nations …

Russia Makes Plans to Kill Space Station in 2020 Due to Sanctions

MOSCOW — Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.<p>Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting …

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Ukraine agrees to talks on Moscow-backed plan for eastern regions

The Ukrainian government has agreed to launch discussions on giving more powers to the regions under a peace plan brokered by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – a roadmap backed by Moscow but regarded with scepticism by Kiev.<p>Ukraine's prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, …

North Korea rages over South's drone allegations

North Korea has slammed a South Korean investigation that found that Pyongyang had flown small drones over the border to take photos of strategic sites.<p>The South Korean findings, released last week, are a "charade for confrontation," the North's Korean People's Army said in a statement reported by …

North Korea Exiles Over 100 To Remote Mountains: Report

Watching a video filmed in a foreign country can get you banished in North Korea, as over a hundred people in the nation's capital have reportedly found out since March.<p>Citing a Pyongyang-based source, Seoul's Daily NK news site reports that "at least 100 Pyongyang citizens have been internally …

Eastern Ukrainians Vote in Controversial Referendum

Ukrainians streamed into polling stations in two restive eastern Ukrainian provinces today to vote in an unofficial referendum to demand …

In eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, law and order crumble on eve of secession vote

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Drunken mobs roamed the otherwise deserted center of this eastern port city Saturday a day after clashes between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian security forces left at least seven people dead and the region as a whole continued to seethe on the eve of referendum to secede.<p>A …

Ukraine: Security forces abandon Mariupol ahead of referendum

The second largest city in Donetsk region is left to pro-Russian protesters, as army withdraws to outskirts<p><b>Ukraine</b>'s security forces allowed pro-Russian protesters to rule the streets of the second-biggest city in Donetsk region on Saturday as the self-styled "People's Republic" prepared for …

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