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Mozambique Airlines captain 'intentionally' crashed plane

The plane went down in torrential rains in the swamps of Namibia's Bwabwata National Park on November 29<p>The pilot of a Mozambique Airlines flight that crashed killing all 33 people onboard brought it down deliberately, aviation officials said.<p>Flight recorders showed flight TM470 went down on …

Spain accused of blocking Gibraltar aid to Philippines

Spain has been accused of acting in a “hateful fashion” as it banned emergency food from Gibraltar destined for the typhoon-hit Philippines<p>Spain's customs officials prohibited food donated in a charity drive on the Rock from entering Spain where it was due to be shipped from the port of Algeciras …

Ukrainians continue to protest EU snub

Ukrainians have planned another demonstration in the capital to condemn President Yanukovich's decision to eschew integration with the European Union in favour of financial aid from Russia.<p>Protesters have occupied Kiev's Independence Square for a month, unhappy with the president's pivot to Moscow, …

'Clampdown on Khodorkovsky was absolute. There was to be no mercy'

The former ambassador to Russia learnt not to speak of the jailed Kremlin critic, even among close friends<p>Believe it or not, Vladimir Putin is something of a humorist. On Thursday he gave his annual televised press conference, an epic unscripted event in which, without notes, he takes questions, …

Thai opposition protesters gear up for fresh mass rally

Demonstrators want to rid Thailand of Yingluck and the influence of her Dubai-based brother Thaksin<p>Thousands of Thai anti-government protesters are massing ahead of a major rally aimed at suspending democracy, paralysing parts of central Bangkok a day after the main opposition party declared a …