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Radical anti-government protesters were forced to give up their brief occupation of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry on Monday after fellow opposition groups accused them of jeopardising peace negotiations.

Wildfire threat to 10,000 California homes

A growing wildfire in the mountains above Los Angeles surged north yesterday, forcing more evacuations and threatening some 12,000 homes.

Schwarzenegger signs California's family silver to help pay off debts

No American politician is getting into the recession-era spirit of cost-cutting more completely than the Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is inviting citizens to raise dollars for the state by attending a garage sale of its property at the end of August. And who knows, he says: he may autograph a few of bits and bobs to sweeten the deal.

Reprieve for the seals of San Diego

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has cast a lifeline to a colony of federally protected seals that spend their days lounging around a popular San Diego cove and have become the subject a lengthy legal tussle over their fate.

American Flagg! is back

Sci-fi mixed with social comment made American Flagg! one of the most influential comic books of the Eighties. As it is republished, Rob Sharp salutes the returning heroes

Smoke dope and save the state of California, dude

Activists fund TV ads that claim legalising drug could solve financial crisis

Ed McMahon dies at 86

Ed McMahon, a fixture on US late-night television for 30 years as the full-throated announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show," died yesterday at 86 after battling a series of illnesses in recent months.

Terminator Salvation, McG, 115 mins, Cert (12A)

Arnie-type Terminators are in their infancy in this prequel-sequel gun-fest, but who cares? In McG's dull dystopia even humans talk like machines, and a never-ending war franchise means that ... they'll be back

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Rupert Cornwell: Arnie's California goes bust – and even the trees face the big squeeze

Out of America: Democracy is a wonderful thing, but you can have too much of it, as Schwarzenegger is finding out to his cost

Sea breezes save homes from wildfires

Firefighters in California said yesterday that a cool sea breeze came to their rescue during the fifth day of a battle to stop severe wildfires destroying more homes near Santa Barbara, north of Los Angeles. They warned that so-called "Sundowners", fierce local winds that are being blamed for fuelling the inferno which has razed 80 homes already, could return today.

Schwarzenegger welcomes debate over legalising cannabis

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday he welcomes a public debate on proposals to legalise and tax marijuana, which some suggest could provide a lucrative new revenue source for the cash-strapped state.

Jobs terminated as California goes bankrupt

Political stalemate on $12bn deficit forces Schwarzenegger to sack thousands of workers

California will run out of money in February

The State of California will run out of money within two months, forcing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to start settling bills and paying employees by issuing "IOU" notes, his chief financial officer has revealed.

Schwarzenegger warns California is almost broke

Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency yesterday and called the state's politicians into a special session to address California's $11bn (£7.4bn) deficit.

50,000 flee homes as fires rage in California

Thousands of weary evacuees will begin returning to their Los Angeles homes this morning, after a chaotic weekend in which their city was encircled by some of the most destructive wildfires in living memory.

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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

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The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
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Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

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Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

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