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Ukraine on alert amid pro-Russian protests

A group of 50 people surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows [EPA]Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchinov has called an emergency meeting with the heads of security services as pro-Russian protesters stormed government buildings in a number of major cities in eastern part of the country, calling for referenda on joining Russia.

Read more: Ukraine on alert amid pro-Russian protests

   

Thousands attend labour protests in Belgium

Thousands in Belgium have taken part in a peaceful protest, called for by the European Trade Union Confederation and organised by labour unions, to oppose austerity measures implemented across the 28-country European Union.

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Kiev threatens to sue Moscow over gas price

Russia's gas meets about a third of EU nations' demand, nearly 40 percent of which flows through Ukraine [Reuters]Ukraine has rejected Russia's latest gas price hike and is threatening to take its neighbour to arbitration court over a dispute that could imperil deliveries to Western Europe.

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EU leaders pile more pressure on Russia

The top diplomat of the European Union has said Russia needs to show it is serious about defusing the Ukraine crisis by moving its troops back from the border as Russia's foreign minister ridiculed EU-Ukraine relationship.

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Turkey court eases YouTube restrictions

A Turkish court has ruled that a blanket ban of social media website YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted.

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Europe launches environment satellite

Europe has launched the first in a constellation of hi-tech satellites designed to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations.

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Russia accuses Ukrainians of plotting attacks

Russia has detained 25 Ukrainians it suspected of preparing attacks in the southern and central part of the country, hours after it was accused by the former soviet member of contributing to the killing of anti-government protesters in Kiev.

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Turkey lifts Twitter ban after court ruling

Turkey's telecoms authority has lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said.

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Smog blanketing Britain set to clear

The smog that has blanketed Britain this week is likely to lift during the next day or so, Al Jazeera's senior meteorologist has said.

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Yanukovich regrets 'mistakes' on Crimea

Ukraine's ousted president has admitted he was "wrong" in inviting Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to persuade Russia to return the coveted Black Sea peninsula.

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