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He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

Taliban launch coordinated attacks across Kabul

The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on as many as seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting Nato bases, the parliament and Western embassies. Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.

Mass grave: Syrians 'killed by government troops' are laid to rest in Taftanaz village last week

Rebels: 'Assad would kill a million people'

Syrian President accused of accelerating violence as international ceasefire deadline looms

80-year-old lands plane after husband dies

An 80-year-old woman with little flying experience knew her husband had died after he fell unconscious at the controls of a small plane, yet she remained calm as she landed the aircraft at a northeastern Wisconsin airport, her son said.

Essoyan who exposed a rift in Sino-Soviet relations

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Roy Essoyan, who died on 22 March aged 92, was a reporter who in 1958 exposed a serious split between China and the Soviet Union. Born in a Japanese fishing village just after his refugee family, originally from Armenia, landed there in 1919 after fleeing the Russian revolution, Essoyan arrived in the Soviet Union nearly four decades later as an American journalist, having become a US citizen after the Second World War.

Early exit polls showed that Santorum's win in Louisiana was one of his strongest performances to date

Rick Santorum beats Mitt Romney in Louisiana primary

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana Republican presidential primary, beating front-runner Mitt Romney in the race to challenge President Barack Obama.

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US couple kept boy 'caged inside closet'

A police report says a Florida couple locked an extremely malnourished boy inside a closet as punishment for stealing food they were withholding from him.

Fukushima meltdown risk 'kept secret for months'

Four hours after a tsunami swept into the Fukushima nuclear power plant a year ago today, Japan's leaders knew the damage was so severe that the reactors could melt down, but they kept their knowledge secret for months. Five days into the crisis, the then prime minister, Naoto Kan, voiced his fears that it could turn worse than Chernobyl.

Suicide bomber kills 23 at Pakistan militant base

A suicide bomber attacked the headquarters of a rival insurgent group in northwest Pakistan today, killing 23 of its supporters in an outbreak of factional fighting, an official said.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom released on bail

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, was released on bail today after a New Zealand judge determined that authorities have seized any funds he could have used to flee the country.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn being interviewed last night by his wife's friend Claire Chazal. He refused to discuss in detail what happened in his New York hotel suite

Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrested in prostitution case

The former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, will spend tonight behind bars in Lille after being arrested “by appointment” to answer questions about his links with an international prostitution ring.

American reporter Anthony Shadid dies in Syria

New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has died in eastern Syria after slipping into the country to report on the uprising against its president.

Umar Patek and his wife Siti Ruqayah

'Demolition Man' who made the Bali bomb goes on trial

Umar Patek tells police how he used household items to make 1,500lb device that killed 202

Papua New Guinea rejects mutineers' demand

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill refused to step down despite a mutiny Thursday by soldiers who seized Papua New Guinea's military headquarters and demanded that he cede power to his ousted predecessor.

Ousting PCC 'would harm local press'

Replacing the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) with a more expensive new body for self-regulating the press would damage Britain's already-enfeebled regional and local press, the editor of one of Britain's leading regional newspapers told the Leveson Inquiry yesterday.

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