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German activists riot at austerity protest in Frankfurt

Police cars set alight in anti-austerity protest at new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, officials say.

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European Union appoints new Middle East envoy

The bloc names Italian diplomat Fernando Gentilini as special representative, filling a post vacant for over a year.

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Fire hits bell tower at famed #Moscow convent

Spread of blaze halted as the 70-metre tower, a UNESCO World Heritage site, escapes significant damage.

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#Russia was 'ready for nuclear alert' over Crimea

Russian President Putin says he was ready to put the country's nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea.

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#Turkey slams Kerry's call for dialogue with Assad

Turkish foreign minister reiterates call for Assad to step down unconditionally amid straining relations with the US.

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Russia's Putin reappears in public after long absence

After 10 days of absence Russian leader holds meeting with Kyrgyzstan's President Atambayev in St. Petersburg.

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'Major gaps remain' in Iranian nuclear talks

Talks aimed at narrowing gaps in positions between Iran and West yield no breakthrough, sources say.

Iran and the Western powers

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Mother abducts Dutch children to ISIL-held Syrian city

Mother takes two of her children, aged 7 and 8, to ISIL-held city of Raqqa, without father's consent, prosecutor says.

Luca and Aysha 

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#Turkey holds British teens 'trying to fight with ISIL'

Three boys reportedly taken into custody as they tried to travel through Istanbul to join ISIL in Syria.

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#IKEA pulls magazine from #Russia over gay law

Swedish furniture company stops publication out of fears it breached ban with material deemed homosexual "propaganda".

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