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Pro-Russian rebels hold referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk to split from Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels hold referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk to split from Ukraine Sun, 11 May, 2014

Residents of two restive regions in eastern Ukraine engulfed by a pro-Russian insurgency cast votes Sunday in contentious and hastily organized independence referendums, which have been rejected as illegal by the Ukrainian government and the West.
Sea dispute dominates ASEAN summit in Myanmar

Sea dispute dominates ASEAN summit in Myanmar Sun, 11 May, 2014

Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed concern over escalating tensions in the South China Sea, where China has been involved in maritime disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines.
Pro-Russian separatists prepare for referendum in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists prepare for referendum in Eastern Ukraine Sat, 10 May, 2014

Pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk will hold a planned referendum on their possible secession from Ukraine.
Violence including Fallujah shelling kills 22 in Iraq

Violence including Fallujah shelling kills 22 in Iraq Sat, 10 May, 2014

At least 22 people have died at different locations near the Iraqi capital in a fresh wave of attacks, as the country waits for the results of recent elections to be announced.
Bangkok braces for renewed protests after court sacks premier

Bangkok braces for renewed protests after court sacks premier Sat, 10 May, 2014

Thailand's pro-government Red Shirts began massing in Bangkok on Saturday to challenge a bid by opposition protesters to install an unelected regime in power after the removal of the prime minister.
South Sudan president, rebel chief sign peace deal

South Sudan president, rebel chief sign peace deal Sat, 10 May, 2014

South Sudan's president and rebel chief signed a ceasefire deal on Friday vowing to end nearly five months of civil war, under international pressure to stem bloodshed and avert famine and genocide.
Putin visits Crimea on Victory Day in first trip since annexation

Putin visits Crimea on Victory Day in first trip since annexation Fri, 09 May, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea Friday for the first time since it was annexed by Russia, attending a naval parade in Sevastopol.
Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi begins community service sentence

Former Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi begins community service sentence Fri, 09 May, 2014

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi began his community service sentence for tax fraud at a hospice for Alzheimer's patients near Milan on Friday.
Pro-Russian rebels will hold Ukraine referendum, defy Putin

Pro-Russian rebels will hold Ukraine referendum, defy Putin Thu, 08 May, 2014

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Thursday they would go ahead with a referendum on secession set for Sunday, defying Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to postpone it and dashing hopes of dialogue with the government in Kiev.
Venezuela arrests hundreds, sparking opposition protest

Venezuela arrests hundreds, sparking opposition protest Thu, 08 May, 2014

Hundreds of Venezuelan police and troops broke up four makeshift camps maintained by student protesters, arresting 243 people Thursday in pre-dawn raids.
Rebels level historic Aleppo hotel in Syria

Rebels level historic Aleppo hotel in Syria Thu, 08 May, 2014

Opposition forces in Syria said they killed at least 50 government troops when they blew up a hotel in the city of Aleppo Thursday, while in the central city of Homs the last rebels prepared to leave the besieged Old City under a deal with the government.
Putin urges Ukrainian militants to delay referendum on autonomy

Putin urges Ukrainian militants to delay referendum on autonomy Thu, 08 May, 2014

President Vladimir Putin said Russia pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border and called on separatists in the country's south and east to postpone planned 11 May plebiscites over regional autonomy.
Saudi blogger gets prison time, 1,000 lashes for web posts

Saudi blogger gets prison time, 1,000 lashes for web posts Thu, 08 May, 2014

A Saudi Arabia court has imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi for 10 years for "insulting Islam" and setting up a liberal web forum, local media report. He was also sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,000 ).
Clashes on Indian Kashmir's final election day

Clashes on Indian Kashmir's final election day Wed, 07 May, 2014

A bomb blast near a polling booth in Kashmir injured a policeman on Wednesday, amid further stone-throwing protests and a widespread boycott of India's general election in the mainly Muslim region. 
Russia urges Ukraine to postpone presidential elections

Russia urges Ukraine to postpone presidential elections Tue, 06 May, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday it would be "unusual" to hold a presidential election in Ukraine while the army was being deployed against Ukrainians.
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