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Anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Anti-austerity Syriza party has won Greece's general election, putting the country on a possible collision course with the EU over its massive bailout. With nearly 75% of the votes counted, Syriza is projected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority, though that number could change. Left-wing party leader Alexis Tsipras, who...

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was "not so smart". That thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis, he said. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Obama...

EU for talks on future elections

EU for talks on future elections

Major political parties should sit to figure out a mechanism for future elections and structure of the poll-time government in order to give voters a fair choice, says a top politician of the European Union. Jean Lambert, chair of an EU delegation for relations with the South Asian countries, however, yesterday said: "We are...

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

There is good chance of Ukraine resolution: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that there was a "good chance of resolution" in the Ukraine conflict, rejecting Western condemnation of Russia's role in the southeast of the country. "Today the situation (on Ukraine) in my view has good chances for resolution, no matter how strange it may sound, but certain structures...

EU condemns Ukraine rebel poll

EU condemns Ukraine rebel poll

The European Union has condemned as "illegal" elections held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the polls were "a new obstacle on the path towards peace". The central government in Kiev also described as a "farce" the polls in the two self-proclaimed people's republics in the Donetsk and...

End Rab’s impunity

End Rab’s impunity

The European Parliament (EP) in a resolution today called on the Bangladeshi authorities to put an end to Rab's impunity. The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) also said human rights violations by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), an emergency force created 10 years ago comprising both military and police officers, should stop. The MEPs also...

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

Both sides agree Ukraine ceasefire

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russia rebels have signed a truce deal to end almost five months of fighting. The two sides, meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk, agreed to stop firing at 15:00 GMT. President Petro Poroshenko said he would do "everything possible" to end the bloodshed. The rebels said the truce had not changed...

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

Nato leaders to meet Ukraine president

World leaders are due to meet Ukraine's president before the Nato summit gets under way in Wales. President Petro Poroshenko will update US and EU leaders after discussions with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. France has ramped up the pressure on Putin by axing its contract to deliver two navy assault ships to Russia. The two-day Nato...

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU mulls fresh response to Russia

EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider fresh sanctions against Russia following accusations that its troops are fighting inside Ukraine. Russia denies that its regular forces are backing a rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine. But ahead of the summit, EU officials said a clear message must be sent to Russia to de-escalate the...

US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US, EU widen sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

US President Barack Obama has announced new economic sanctions against Russia. They include banning people in the US from banking with three Russian banks. The EU earlier expanded its sanctions, targeting the oil sector, defence equipment and sensitive technologies. But Australia's priority is to get access to the crash site of the downed MH17 flight...

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