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The hospital where patients 'feel more like guests on a cruise'

The hospital where patients 'feel more like guests on a cruise'

A Russian billionaire has designed a huge boat-shaped hospital for the new Dubai-style Tunisia Economic City. Vasily Klyukin, 38, claims the White Sails Hospital and Spa will be the “most pleasant hospital in the world”, reports a UK-based daily The Independent. Doctors and nurses will have to wear “marine uniforms” and the concept aims to...

India's first spacecraft put into Mars orbit

India's first spacecraft put into Mars orbit

India yesterday created history by successfully placing its spacecraft into the orbit around Mars on its maiden attempt. With this, India became the first Asian country and the fourth in the world to put its spacecraft into the red planet's orbit. Only the US, Russia and Europe have previously sent missions to Mars, and India...

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine's prime minister has urged the West not to lift sanctions on Russia until his country regains control of all its territory. Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the UN General Assembly that Russian troops were still operating in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, US President Barack Obama said  sanctions could be lifted if Russia supported a ceasefire between Ukraine...

Ukraine ratifies EU pact

Ukraine ratifies EU pact

Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact yesterday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact yesterday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signalled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it plans to boost its troop presence in annexed Crimea. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said it was a "priority" to send reinforcements to the Black Sea peninsula because of what he described as the escalating Ukraine crisis and the...

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

Rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine have been granted self-rule and fighters have been given an amnesty, under a new law adopted by parliament. The measures are in line with the 5 September ceasefire agreement signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The amnesty affects rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but does not cover the shooting down...

Russia must boost Crimea forces: Defence Minister

Russia must boost Crimea forces: Defence Minister

Russia needs to boost forces in Crimea because of the Ukraine crisis and a foreign military build-up, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu says. He said Russia must deploy "a full and self-reliant" military force in Crimea, which it annexed in March. Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine launched their bid for separation shortly after the annexation. Since...

Ukraine Crisis

EU approves new sanctions on Russia

The European Union agreed to a new wave of sanctions against Russia on Monday, but said their entry into force would take a few days, giving time to recent peace moves by Moscow. "Depending on the situation on the ground, the EU stands ready to review the agreed sanctions in whole or in part," said Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council in a statement, after a last-minute meeting of EU envoys in Brussels. Russia has warned West against new...

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

EU adopts fresh sanctions on Russia

European Union member states have formally adopted new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The new measures include restrictions on large Russian state-owned oil companies raising money on European financial markets. However, the new measures will come into effect "in the next few days", not on Tuesday as some had expected. Russia denies accusations by...

Ukraine shelling rattles ceasefire

Ukraine shelling rattles ceasefire

Explosions have been heard near the south-eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a day after the government and rebels agreed a ceasefire. A BBC correspondent in the city says intense blasts from the eastern edges have rippled across the city. Earlier, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents said the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was "largely holding". The Red...

IS militants want to fight Putin

IS militants want to fight Putin

In a new geopolitical wrinkle, the Islamic State is now eyeing a challenge against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported. The report quotes AFP’s transcription of a video released by the Islamic State last week. The fighters said to have posed on top of Russian military equipment, including a fighter jet...

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