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World 19 Dec 2013 | 7:15 PM

SPECIAL REPORT-Why Ukraine spurned the EU and embraced Russia

KIEV (Reuters) - On September 4, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called a meeting of his political party for the first time in three years, summoning members to an old Soviet-era cinema called Zoryany in Kiev.

World 19 Dec 2013 | 2:05 PM

Alarm rises for Afghan women prisoners after Western troops leave

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - After Farida's husband sold their three-year-old daughter to support his drug habit of several years, she took a knife and stabbed him to death in their house in the western Afghan province of Herat.

World 19 Dec 2013 | 11:10 AM

Venezuela's Maduro holds rare dialogue with opponents

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a rare meeting with opponents on Wednesday, challenging them to collect signatures to oust him in 2016 if they wanted but to work with him in the meantime.

World 19 Dec 2013 | 1:45 AM

Kurdish poet, singer seeks Western support for Kurds

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - During the 1990s it was dangerous in Turkey to sing or own recordings of the melancholic songs of Kurdish poet and singer Sivan Perwer.

Community 19 Dec 2013 | 12:30 AM

Reconciliation, not retaliation

The world needs to be reminded constantly about the need to forgive. To forgive is one of the most difficult acts in life, but to forgive is necessary so that we can move on.

World 18 Dec 2013 | 10:35 PM

Russian amnesty to benefit Pussy Riot, Greenpeace 30

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament on Wednesday adopted an amnesty which lawyers said would free two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling to avoid trial.

World 18 Dec 2013 | 8:45 PM

Russia adopts amnesty likely to free Pussy Riot, help Greenpeace 30

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved an amnesty which lawyers said would free two jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot and enable 30 people arrested in a Greenpeace protest against Arctic oil drilling avoid trial.

World 18 Dec 2013 | 7:20 PM

Planned Russian amnesty set to cover 'Arctic 30' - Greenpeace

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thirty people arrested in Russia over a protest against Arctic oil drilling will avoid trial and the threat of jail under an amnesty set to be approved by parliament, lawyers and Greenpeace said on Wednesday.

Nation 18 Dec 2013 | 4:42 PM

Prices for 13 food items capped ahead of Christmas

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has capped the prices for 13 food items in conjunction with the Christmas celebrations.

AseanPlus News 18 Dec 2013 | 2:52 PM

Tearful Indian diplomat tells of invasive US body probe

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A female Indian diplomat told how she broke down in tears after being arrested, stripped and cavity-searched in New York, as the US embassy became the focus Wednesday of outrage at her treatment.

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