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Putin ready to invade Ukraine; Kiev warns of war

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament’s approval on Saturday to invade Ukraine, where the new government warned of war, put its troops on high alert and appealed to NATO for help.<p>Putin’s open assertion of the right to send troops to a country of 46 …

Six out of 10 Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants claimed self-employed status

Oxford University report highlights how tens of thousands of workers from the two former Communist states claimed freelance status, winning wider access to benefits<p>Nearly six out of 10 <b>Romanian and Bulgarian</b>immigrants living in Britain last year claimed they were self-employed, allowing them full …

It's on: Farage accepts Clegg's invitation for public debate on EU

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will go head-to-head in a public debate on Britain's relationship of the EU, it has been confirmed.<p>The Ukip leader …

Italy's Renzi to propose cabinet list to president today-party source

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi will see President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday and present the head of state with his list of cabinet ministers, a source in Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party said.<p>Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi talks to reporters at …

Ukraine peace deal halts violence but crowds still angry

KIEV (Reuters) - A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the centre of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition.<p>Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich …

Italy's Renzi says on track to form government

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s centre-left leader and impending prime minister said on Thursday he expected to have his new cabinet in place by the weekend, dismissing speculation that wrangling with his likely coalition partners was holding up an agreement.<p>Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi …

Scottish independence: Barroso comments 'inaccurate' says former EU official

<b>Claims that an independent Scotland may not be able to join the EU were "unwise and inaccurate", a former senior European official has said.</b><p>European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said it would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" for Scotland to join.<p>Jim Currie, a former …

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ONLY a day before Kiev exploded, it had seemed that a three-month-long stand-off between protesters and the government of President Viktor Yanukovych …

EU seeks peace as Ukraine death toll hits 75

KIEV (Reuters) - European Union ministers sought to broker a political settlement in Ukraine after gun battles between police and anti-government protesters brought the death toll to 75 in two days of the worst violence in the country since Soviet times.<p>Three hours of fierce fighting in Kiev’s …