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Putin: Ukraine gas debt could affect Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged European leaders to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia, or possibly face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies flowing though Ukrainian pipelines to the continent.

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NATO mulls US troops in eastern Europe

NATO's chief military commander in Europe has suggested deploying American troops to alliance member states in eastern Europe as a countermove to the Russian military threat against Ukraine.

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Italy sounds alarm as 4,000 immigrants land

Italy said that 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days - the highest number since it launched a naval operation to rescue them at sea in the wake of two shipwrecks last year.

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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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