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Pro-Russian separatists reject Kiev's amnesty

Ukraine's government has warned it will storm besieged state buildings if separatists do not leave by day's endPro-Russian separatists, who have besieged a number of government buildings in Ukraine's eastern districts, have turned down an amnesty offer handed by the government, stocking fear that a 48-hour ultimatum may end with violence.

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Bomb explodes outside Greece's central bank

Police said an anonymous caller left a warning about the bomb 45 minutes before it exploded [Reuters]A car bomb has gone off outside a Bank of Greece building in central Athens, smashing windows in nearby shops but causing no injuries, police and witnesses say.

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Greeks go on strike ahead of Merkel visit

Greek labour unions are staging a nationwide strike to protest against austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors, including Germany, whose chancellor, Angela Merkel, will visit Athens this week.

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Spain rejects Catalan push for independence

Catalonia's president has vowed to press ahead with a bid for independence from Spain after the national parliament rejected his request for a referendum.

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Ukraine warns pro-Russian separatists

Pro-Russian separatists took control of government buildings in Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine [Reuters]Ukrainian authorities have warned they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

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Emirati women attacked with hammer in London

An attacker has bludgeoned three Emirati women with a hammer in a central London hotel during a possible theft attempt.

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Kerry says Russia stirs 'chaos' in Ukraine

In recent days pro-Kremlin activists have seized government buildings in several cities in Ukraine's east [AFP]US Secretary of State John Kerry has bluntly blamed Russia of "unmistakable involvement in destabilising" Ukraine by sending "agents" to its eastern cities.

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Ukraine raids pro-Russian separatists

Russia warns Ukraine unrest could lead to civil war.Ukraine has launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in the southeastern city of Kharkiv and has arrested about 70 "separatists" for seizing the regional administration building, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said.

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Srebrenica survivors sue Dutch government

Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre have opened a civil suit against the Dutch government, saying Dutch peacekeepers should have protected the victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

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Ukraine activists declare Donetsk sovereignty

Pro-Russian activists who seized the main administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have proclaimed the creation of a sovereign "people's republic" independent of Kiev rule.

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