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Crimea celebrates as region joins Russia

Thousands of people celebrated in the Crimean capital of Simferopol after the region broke away from Ukraine and was formally accepted into the Russian Federation.

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Russian troops storm Crimea airbase

Belbek military base is one of the few military facilities on Crimea still controlled by Ukraine [ukrstream.tv] Russian troops have smashed their way into a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea with armoured vehicles, automatic fire and stun grenades, while Ukrainian forces abandoned a naval base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters.

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Pope Francis tells Italian mafia to repent

Pope Francis has told Italy's mafia they risk going to hell unless they repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power".

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Putin signs Crimea annexation into law

 Putin has signed into law the treaty formally making Crimea part of the Russian FederationRussian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law the treaty formally making Crimea part of the Russian Federation, after it was approved by the parliament, on the same day Ukraine capped a landmark alliance with the European Union.

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Twitter ban sparks outrage in Turkey

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, a frequent user of social mediaIn a tweet, Turkey's president has hit out at the government ban of Twitter, as opposition leaders vowed to mount a legal challenge to the measure that came just days ahead of crucial polls.

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Turkey blocks access to Twitter website

Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, has denounced the banTurkey has restricted access to Twitter hours after the prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, threatened to shut down the social media platform after users published claims of corruption against him.

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Turkey's Erdogan threatens to ban Twitter

Turkey's prime minister has warned that he would eradicate Twitter after a number of audio recordings anonymously posted on social media purportedly exposed corruption in his inner circle.

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Kosovo offers welfare to wartime rape victims

Kosovo's assembly has voted to remedy the plight of about 20,000 victims raped during the 1998-99 Kosovo war by amending a law on the status of civilian victims and veterans to include persons subjected to sexual assault.

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Ukraine envoy warns of more Russian incursion

Russia may be preparing a further military incursion into his country, Ukraine's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Yurii Klymenko, told diplomats at a briefing on human rights.

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Italy rescues 2,000 migrants in 48 hours

Italian naval and coastguard vessels have rescued more than 2,000 migrants travelling in boats from North Africa in just 48 hours, according to authorities.

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