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Corruption costs EU $162bn each year, report says

Corruption costs EU $162bn each year, report says Mon, 03 Feb, 2014

Corruption affects all 28 member countries of the European Union and costs their economies about $162.19bn (120bn Euros) a year, according to an European Union report.
Ukraine president returns to work as protests persist

Ukraine president returns to work as protests persist Mon, 03 Feb, 2014

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returns to work on Monday from four days of sick leave after opposition leaders appealed for Western assistance and an injured militant accused of rioting left the country for medical treatment.
Syrian air raids kill at least 36 in Aleppo

Syrian air raids kill at least 36 in Aleppo Mon, 03 Feb, 2014

Syrian government aircraft continued dropping crude barrel bombs Sunday on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo, with a monitoring group reporting at least 36 fatalities.
Israel dismisses Kerry warning on boycotts

Israel dismisses Kerry warning on boycotts Mon, 03 Feb, 2014

Top Israeli officials are warning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that they will not be bullied into a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Voting ends in Thailand amid continuing tensions

Voting ends in Thailand amid continuing tensions Sun, 02 Feb, 2014

Polls have closed in Thailand's tense national elections in which anti-government protesters forced the closure of hundreds of polling stations in the capital, Bangkok.

US slams Syria for failing to meet chemical weapons commitments

US slams Syria for failing to meet chemical weapons commitments Fri, 31 Jan, 2014

The United States has called on Syria to take immediate action to comply with a UN resolution to remove its chemical weapons materials, noting just four percent of Syria's declared chemical stock has been eliminated.
Protests against government continue in Ukraine

Protests against government continue in Ukraine Thu, 30 Jan, 2014

Ukrainian anti-government protesters are vowing to continue demonstrating despite passage of a law offering amnesty to those arrested during the protests over the past two months.
Asia stocks struggle following US Fed decision

Asia stocks struggle following US Fed decision Thu, 30 Jan, 2014

Asian stocks were down Thursday following the United States central bank's decision to further trim its stimulus of the world's biggest economy.
Ukraine parliament passes measure offering protest amnesty deal

Ukraine parliament passes measure offering protest amnesty deal Thu, 30 Jan, 2014

Ukraine's parliament has approved a measure offering amnesty to protesters arrested during anti-government demonstrations, but only if they abandon the buildings they have seized.
Conflicts, humanitarian crises top agenda as AU leaders' summit begins

Conflicts, humanitarian crises top agenda as AU leaders' summit begins Thu, 30 Jan, 2014

The 54-member African Union opens a key summit in Ethiopia Thursday, with heads of state facing pressure to help end fighting and the growing humanitarian crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
Nicaragua scraps presidential limits in boost for Ortega

Nicaragua scraps presidential limits in boost for Ortega Wed, 29 Jan, 2014

 Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday voted to scrap presidential term limits, which could allow socialist President Daniel Ortega to remain in power indefinitely and has stoked concerns about democracy in the Central American country.
Obama calls for 'year of action' in State of the Union address

Obama calls for 'year of action' in State of the Union address Wed, 29 Jan, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama has promised to bypass a fractured Congress to tackle economic inequality in his annual State of the Union address.
Ukraine's parliament scraps anti-protest laws, Prime Minister resigns

Ukraine's parliament scraps anti-protest laws, Prime Minister resigns Tue, 28 Jan, 2014

Ukraine's parliament has scrapped draconian anti-protest laws and its prime minister has resigned, in moves aimed at ending a two-month standoff with demonstrators.
Egypt ex-President Morsi defiant at jailbreak trial

Egypt ex-President Morsi defiant at jailbreak trial Tue, 28 Jan, 2014

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi protested at his new trial in Cairo from a glass and metal cage, as he faces charges of breaking out of prison in 2011.
Ukraine's PM offers to resign in bid to ease deadly crisis

Ukraine's PM offers to resign in bid to ease deadly crisis Tue, 28 Jan, 2014

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has offered his resignation in a bid to ease Ukraine's deadly two-month crisis as politicians debated key reforms.
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