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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

Pro-Russian separatists stand in front of destroyed trains at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of IlovayskBy Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine's military said its forces had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where they had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev's Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armoured columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:04:53 -0400
Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

Policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in IslamabadBy Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Clashes broke out early on Monday and the state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters. A PTV source told Reuters the protesters had occupied the main control room and smashed some equipment.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:37:01 -0400
Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

A Syrian army tank is seen during a battle with rebel fighters in Syria near the border fence with the Israeli-occupied Golan HeightBy Baz Ratner EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels erupted on Monday on the Golan Heights, where the militants have wrested control of a key frontier crossing which had been operated by the United Nations. It was not clear whether the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had managed to retake control of the Quneitra crossing from the rebels of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. At least one tank belonging to the Syrian army was also involved and some rebels could be seen a few meters (yards) away from the frontier fence. A large Syrian flag that had been flying for days between the Quneitra crossing and the abandoned town was taken down and a United Nations position in the area, thought to be unmanned, was pounded with mortar shells.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:06:48 -0400
Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold up a banner and signs during a protest as Li Fei (seen on screen), deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee, speaks during a briefing session in Hong KongBy Clare Jim and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy. China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee set the stage for a political showdown on Sunday when it rejected democrats' demands for the right to freely choose Hong Kong's next leader in 2017, leading scores of protesters to take to the streets. Scuffles broke out on Monday during a tense stand-off at the entrance to a center where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision, prompting police to use pepper spray amid chaotic scenes inside and outside the venue. Activists from a movement called Occupy Central have threatened to lock down Hong Kong's financial district on an unspecified date unless Beijing grants full democracy.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:04:33 -0400
Britain to pass new laws to counter homegrown Islamist fighters

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at a news conference in Downing Street, central LondonPrime Minister David Cameron will announce new laws on Monday to try to stop radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq launching attacks on British soil, after a video purportedly showed a London-accented man beheading a U.S. The announcement, expected around 1030 ET, comes after Cameron raised Britain's terrorism alert to its second-highest level last week saying Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. Ministers from Cameron's Conservative party say the new laws are needed to beef up Britain's defenses against the threat that those who have been radicalized and fought alongside Islamic extremists could return home with violent intent. Hours before its announcement, the package of measures had yet to be finalised, with the junior partner in Britain's two-party coalition government wary of bringing in new laws that could limit civil liberties.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:59:22 -0400
Islamic State poses global threat, Iraqi minister says

Members of the Kurdish YPG facilitate displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, as they make way towards Syrian borderIslamic State has committed barbaric acts against civilians in Iraq, threatening the country's territorial integrity and posing a global threat, the Iraqi government's human rights minister said on Monday in an appeal for international support. "The land of ancient Babylon is subjected to threats starting to its very independence, they are attempting to change its demographic and cultural composition," Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani told an emergency debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:43:45 -0400
Japan and India agree to boost strategic ties at summit

India's PM Modi and Japan's PM Abe shake hands before their talks at the state guest house in TokyoBy Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and agreed to accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a so-far elusive deal on nuclear energy cooperation. "The two prime ministers reaffirmed the importance of defense relations between Japan and India in their strategic partnership and decided to upgrade and strengthen them," Abe and Modi said in a statement after a summit in Tokyo. Modi, on his first major foreign visit since a landslide election win in May, arrived on Saturday for a five-day trip aimed at capitalizing on a personal affinity with Abe to bolster security and business ties in the face of an assertive China.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:44:08 -0400
Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

Judge Ismael Moreno, right, in charged of Ashya King case arrives to the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MADRID (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:43:17 -0400
Green joins Hamburger SV on loan from Bayern
BERLIN (AP) — Julian Green joined Hamburger SV on a season-long loan from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich on Monday.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:42:45 -0400
Death toll from Paris building explosion rises to seven

Firefighters and rescue workers inspect the site where a four-storey residential building collapsed following a blast in Rosny-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs of Paris on August 31, 2014Rosny-sous-Bois (France) (AFP) - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to seven on Monday, with rescue workers scrambling against time to find one last man still missing. Local prefect Philippe Galli said a woman in her 80s who lived on the first floor was buried under the rubble after the four-storey residential block in the Paris suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois collapsed on Sunday morning. Rescue workers are now combing the site with sniffer dogs and mechanical diggers in a bid to find one more person unaccounted-for, a man in his 50s who lived on the ground floor. "Time is not on our side," said Gabriel Plus, a spokesman for Paris firefighters.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:38:09 -0400
UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani, Minister of Human Rights of Iraq, waits prior to the special session on Iraq of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)GENEVA (AP) — Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:35:54 -0400
'Blair-like' PM divides French Socialists

File picture shows then French Interior Minister Manuel Valls attending a ceremony at the site of the future European Centre of Judaism in Paris on September 10, 2013Splits in France's ruling Socialist Party, which sparked an emergency government reshuffle last week, continue to widen as members on the left flank snipe at a prime minister they see as attempting a "Tony Blair"-style lurch to the right. President Francois Hollande's party, meeting this weekend to plot their strategy for the coming year, is embroiled in a crisis that mirrors that of France as a whole, weighed down by stagnant growth, record-high unemployment and a deeply unpopular leader. Around 40 rebel MPs, known as the "frondeurs", have gathered around former economy minister Arnaud Montebourg to criticise the government's economic policy and what they see as a shift to the centre ground of French politics. Prime Minister Manuel Valls prompted widespread anger among the rebel MPs this week when he received a standing ovation from business leaders after declaring his "love" for companies in a speech seen as too right-wing for a Socialist leader.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:33:52 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith."
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:33:11 -0400
UEFA charges Legia Warsaw for fans' snarky banner
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Legia Warsaw's legal problems this season continued Monday, when UEFA charged the club over a banner criticizing its disputed exit from the Champions League.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:27:02 -0400
UN says Iraq deaths drop to 1,420 in August
BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:25:57 -0400
Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: rights group

File picture shows Syrian rebel fighters displaying what appear to be cluster bomblets that they accuse government forces of using in attacks on rebel-held areas in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan, on October 19, 2012Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The New York-based group, citing reports from local Kurdish officials and photographic evidence, said IS fighters had used cluster bombs on July 12 and August 14. The group said it was believed to be the first time IS had used cluster bombs, and it was unclear how it had acquired them. Cluster munitions contain dozens or hundreds of small bomblets and can be fired in rockets or dropped from the air.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:25:18 -0400
Liberia extends stay-home order amid Ebola crisis

In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, a security guard, center left, working at the University Hospital Fann, speaks to people inside a car, as a man is treated for symptoms of the Ebola virus inside the Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:16:08 -0400
Rwanda disqualification from African Cup upheld
The Confederation of African Football upheld a decision to throw Rwanda out of the African Cup for fielding an ineligible player, saying the country's federation knew that striker Dady Birori had a "double identity" and was using different names and passports for club and international games.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:15:12 -0400
Iraq presses fightback after breaking months-long jihadist siege
Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by American strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town. The breakthrough to the town of Amerli is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June. It came as the United States carried out limited air strikes in the area, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against IS beyond the Kurdish-controlled north. The mainly Shiite Turkmen residents of Amerli were endangered both because of their faith, which jihadists consider heresy, and their resistance to the militants, which has drawn harsh retribution elsewhere.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:13:34 -0400
Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

U.N. soldiers observe Syria's Quneitra province at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activist said.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:12:23 -0400
Parents of British boy with brain tumour appear in court

A Police van carrying the parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, arrive at the courthouse in Madrid on September 1, 2014Brett King, 51, and his wife Naghemeh King, 45, were arrested at the weekend in southern Spain on a European arrest warrant after they removed their son Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, from a southern England hospital barely a week after he had undergone surgery.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:10:40 -0400
Moscow urges Ukraine talks to back cease-fire

Pro-Russian rebels prepare arms for the the assault on the positions of Ukrainian army in Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister urged those holding a new round of talks Monday on easing Ukraine's crisis to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:10:15 -0400
McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

Luke Donald, of England, hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Europe captain Paul McGinley will make his three wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, with five players seemingly in contention for a late call-up.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:09:38 -0400
Ukrainian forces pull back from airport at Luhansk: Kiev military
Ukrainian forces have pulled back from the main airport at Luhansk in the east of the country after being given the order to do so, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Monday. Earlier, a military statement said Ukrainian paratroopers were fighting a Russian tank battalion in a bid to hold onto the airport outside Luhansk, a separatist stronghold on the border with Russia. "In the Luhansk direction, Ukrainian forces have received an order and have pulled back from the airport," the spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:07:45 -0400
1,420 people killed in Iraq in August: UN

An Iraqi soldier fires a machine-gun towards Islamic State (IS) positions during heavy clashes in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province, about 88 kilometres (55 miles) south of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on August 31, 2014Violence in Iraq left at least 1,420 people dead in August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations said on Monday. It said the figures did not include Anbar province, west of Baghdad, and that there were difficulties in verifying incidents in areas where there was fighting or which were outside government control. Kurdish fighters with US air support have managed to claw back some of the lost ground in the north, and there has also been heavy fighting northeast of Baghdad.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:03:21 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith."
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:03:09 -0400
Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president Monday urged the country's clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:57:44 -0400
Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. European Union leaders have nominated Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to become the 28-nation bloc's new foreign policy chief for the next five years. The EU leaders also elected Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to succeed European Council President Herman Van Rompuy in December as EU summit chairman and behind-the-scenes broker of compromises among national leaders. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:55:08 -0400
Americans detained in North Korea call for US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:55:07 -0400
Libyan government says has lost control of most Tripoli ministries
Libya's government said it has lost control of most ministries and state institutions located in Tripoli after rival armed groups took over the capital. Last month, senior officials and the elected parliament moved to the remote eastern city of Tobruk as an alliance of armed factions led by forces from the western city of Misrata took control of Tripoli, having expelled a rival group. Libya is descending into anarchy as former rebels who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 have turned their guns on each other as they seek to set the country's political agenda and control its vast oil reserves. "We announce that most ministries, institutions and state bodies in the capital Tripoli are out of our control," the government said in a statement late on Sunday.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:51:37 -0400
AP Source: Falcao heading to Man United on loan
LONDON (AP) — Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:50:44 -0400
Military action leaves Lesotho power vacuum

In this Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 photo, army personnel man outside the military headquarters in Maseru, Lesotho. Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said there had been an attempt to take over Lesotho, a country of about 2 million people that is surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho's Defense Forces deny any attempt at a coup although they say the military exchanged gunfire and disarmed two police stations in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, on Saturday. (AP Photo)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:48:52 -0400
Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight: U.N. debate

Ambulances arrive to transport people injured in a suicide bombing in the centre of RamadiBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Both Islamist fighters and Iraqi government forces have killed civilians and committed atrocities in three months of fighting, senior U.N. officials said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday. There was "strong evidence" that fighters from Islamic State and linked groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, sexual abuse and torture, U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri told the session. Iraqi police have executed detainees while Iraqi soldiers have shelled towns and carried out air strikes killing and injuring many civilians, Pansieri said, opening the meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pansieri voiced deep concern at persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Shia, Turkmen and other ethnic groups by Islamic State forces that have swept through western and northern Iraq since June, driving 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:38:46 -0400
Lesotho minister says he is acting premier after 'coup'

A man sits on a hill overlooking Maseru, Lesotho, on August 31, 2014Lesotho's minister of public service, Motloheloa Phooko, told AFP on Monday that he was the country's acting prime minister, after the elected premier fled the country during an apparent coup. "I am acting prime minister," the minister said from Maseru, citing "cabinet protocol" for his appointment while the prime minister and deputy prime minister are in South Africa. Phooko is a member of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy party -- which forms an acrimonious coalition government with Prime Minister Tom Thabane. Deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing, also of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy party, is also in South Africa for talks, leaving Lesotho's citizens unclear who is in charge.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:38:12 -0400
Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith."
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:33:18 -0400
Iran FM to meet EU's Ashton in Brussels Monday

File picture shows EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif meeting during so-called EU 5+1 talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on July 3, 2014Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to hold talks with top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton in Brussels Monday, following fresh US sanctions on entities linked to Tehran's nuclear programme. Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, has shepherded year-long talks between Iran and major powers, aiming for a comprehensive deal to end a decade-long dispute over the Islamic republic's nuclear activities. Zarif will meet Ashton for a working lunch, Iran's official IRNA news agency said. He was accompanied by two of his deputies, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi, both members of Iran's negotiating team.


Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:19:23 -0400
China opposes proposed EU sanctions against Russia
China opposed additional sanctions against Russia on Monday over accusations Moscow was sending troops into Ukrainian territory, saying the European Union's push to draw up more measures would only complicate the crisis. The European Union on Sunday threatened Russia with new trade sanctions, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain. "A political solution is the only way out, sanctions do not help to solve the underlying problems in Ukraine," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a daily news briefing. "It may lead to new and more complicating factors." China has adopted a cautious response to the crisis, not wanting either to alienate key ally Russia or comment directly on the referendum in which Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join Russia, lest it set a precedent for its own restive regions, like Tibet.
Date Posted : Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:14:15 -0400
 

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