Matthew Clements

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Tensions mount as Ukraine prepares to elect new president

Fears of confrontation remain high before Sunday's vote – with armed separatists vowing to disrupt poll in east of country<p>Three months after Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev amid popular unrest and violence in the Ukrainian capital, the country will go to the polls to elect a new president on …

Ultras united: Football fans rally for Ukraine's sake

<b>They used to hate Metalist Kharkiv's guts - a trip by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk supporters to that neighbouring eastern city meant risking a broken jaw or worse.</b><p>Pre-arranged mass fights and knifing were a routine thing.<p>Not any more. In fact, Dnipro's hardcore fanatics, the Ultras, now call the Metalist …

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Pro-Russia gunmen are blocking polls for 10% of Ukrainian voters

Ukraine's election authorities said Saturday that they are unable to operate polling places for Sunday's presidential election in areas representing about 10% of the population and that separatist threats against anyone trying to cast ballots in the violence-plagued east could further deter turnout.<p>…

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Deadly California rampage: Chilling video, but no match for reality

After promising a "day of retribution" on YouTube, a heavily armed, mentally disturbed 22-year-old went on a killing spree in a California college town, authorities said.<p>He fatally stabbed three men in his residence, shot two women to death in front of a sorority house, shot a man to death inside a …