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Pro-Russian rebels widen campaign in #Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as Kiev failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

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#France tries mass DNA test in hunt for rapist

French police have taken DNA samples from hundreds of male pupils and staff in the hope the mass test could help them find the assailant who raped a 16-year-old girl in the toilets of a school in western France last September.

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US: #Russia orchestrating #Ukraine violence

The US has accused Russia of orchestrating ongoing separatist violence in Ukraine, as Kiev said it was preparing a "full-scale" operation against pro-Russian forces which have overrun municipalities in several eastern cities.

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#Ukraine 's east braces for military operation

The separatists maintained their barricades into Monday's deadline [Reuters]Towns in eastern Ukraine are bracing for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.

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Anti-austerity protest in Italy turns violent

An anti-austerity protest in Italy has turned violent as demonstrators clashed with police in the capital Rome.

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Police buildings seized in Ukraine

A group of pro-Russian men armed with automatic weapons have taken control of the police headquarters in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, 150 km from the Russian border, local officials and witnesses said.

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Ukraine to use troops against armed rebels

Government plans to launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation"Ukraine's acting president has said his government will launch a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" involving the country's army against pro-Moscow separatists, claiming Russia was waging a war against Ukraine.

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Separatists remain defiant in Ukraine's east

Pro-Russian separatists have retained control of key government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a vow by the country's prime minister to cede more power to the region amid rising tensions between Russia and the international community. 

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Separatists raise Russia flag in Ukraine city

The armed separatists seized on Saturday two security buildings in the restive eastern city of Slovyansk [Reuters]Armed pro-Russian separatists have raised the Russian flag in the troubled eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.

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Turkey's PM accuses Twitter of tax evasion

Twitter was used to spread a number of damaging leaks implicating Erdogan's aides in graft [AFP]Turkey's prime minister has accused Twitter of tax evasion, days after his government was forced to lift a ban it imposed on the micro-blogging site that was used to spread a number of damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption scandals.

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