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Officials: Former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko Moved to Remote Prison Colony

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been moved from a Kiev prison to a remote prison colony, her party says.

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Russian Nuclear Submarine Fire Put Out

The huge fire that engulfed a Russian nuclear submarine undergoing repairs in the northern Murmansk region has been put out, the emergency minister says.

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Turkish Jets Targeting PKK Kill Civilians, Spark Protests

Turkish warplanes targeting members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party instead killed 35 smugglers and other civilians, triggering protests that may undermine government efforts to end unrest.

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Russian Opposition to Protest Activist’s Jailing

Russian protestors who shook the authorities with mass protests against the rule of Vladimir Putin are set to hold a new rally Thursday against the detention of a prominent left-wing activist.

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Russia Scolds United States for Human Rights Abuse

Russia sought to undermine the authority of the United States as a global judge of human rights on Wednesday with Moscow’s first report to detail allegations of torture, phone tapping and abuse by the U.S. government. A demonstrator protests against Guantanamo Bay prison during a Stop the War rally in Trafalgar Square, central London (Luke…

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Turkey Warns France of More Action Over Genocide Bill

Turkey Wednesday warned France it would take further action against Paris should the French senate pass a bill making it a crime to deny the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey constituted genocide. Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan signing ceremony with Ukrainian President Yanukovych in Ankara (UMIT BEKTAS, REUTERS / December 22, 2011)

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Turkey Air Strike Kills 23 Near Kurdish Village

An air strike near a Kurdish village by Turkish warplanes close to the border with Iraq has left at least 23 people dead, officials say.

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Architect of Russia’s Political System Under Putin Is Reassigned

The Kremlin on Tuesday announced the reassignment of Vladislav Y. Surkov, the architect of the highly centralized political system that has come under waves of protest from middle-class Muscovites over the last month. Vladislav Y. Surkov created tools that helped Vladimir V. Putin consolidate authority.

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Turkey, Azerbaijan Sign Pipeline Deal

Turkey and Azerbaijan on Monday signed an agreement to establish a consortium that would build a pipeline to transport 16 billion cubic meters (565 billion cubic feet) per year of Azeri gas to Turkey and Europe. Azeri Energy Minister Natik Aliev, left, and Yildiz at the signing ceremony.

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Report: FM Irked by Secret EU Report on Israeli Arabs

A secret report prepared by European Union official on the gaps between the Jewish and Arab communities in Israel has reportedly enraged Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other top Jerusalem officials, the British Independent said on Tuesday.

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German Mail-Order, Real Estate Tycoon Werner Otto Dies at 102

Werner Otto, who started Germany’s largest mail-order company from a shoe factory in Hamburg, has died. He was 102.  Otto died on Dec. 21 in Berlin with his family at his side, according to a statement from Otto Group and ECE Projektmanagement GmbH today.

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Navalny Ready to Challenge Putin in ‘Fair’ Polls

A charismatic leader of Russia’s protest movement said he would be ready to take on Vladimir Putin in fair presidential elections, as an ally said that the Russian premier was ready for dialogue.

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