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Indian air force helicopter crash kills all 7 people on board

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:37
by  Associated Press Indian air force helicopter crash kills 7 on board Associated Press - 25 July 2014 10:37-04:00

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — India's air force says one of its helicopters has crashed in northern India, killing all seven people on board, including two pilots.

An air force statement says the helicopter made a "May Day'" call soon after taking off Friday and contact was lost on radar and radio. The crash occurred near Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

The statement said there was no reported damage on the ground.

News Topics: General news, Accidents, Helicopter crashes, Aviation accidents and incidents, Accidents and disasters, Transportation accidents, Transportation, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: India, South Asia, Asia

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BC-WEA--Global Weather-Celsius/Fahrenheit

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:34
by  Associated Press BC-WEA--Global Weather-Celsius/Fahrenheit Associated Press - 25 July 2014 10:34-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit, preciptation in centimeters and inches, and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 1400 GMT:

;MIN C;MIN F;MAX C;MAX F;COND;PRECIP CM;PRECIP IN;MIN C;MIN F;MAX C;MAX F;COND;MIN C;MIN F;MAX C;MAX F;COND

Amsterdam;18;64;26;79;clr;0.0;0.00;17;64;25;77;rn;14;59;25;77;rn

Athens;21;69;30;86;rn;0.0;0.00;21;70;33;91;rn;21;70;33;91;pc

Atlanta;22;71;31;87;rn;0.0;0.00;22;73;31;88;pc;22;72;32;90;pc

Auckland;4;39;13;55;rn;0.0;0.00;7;45;14;57;pc;9;50;13;55;rn

Basra;29;84;45;113;clr;0.0;0.00;29;86;48;118;clr;31;88;47;117;pc

Bahrain;33;92;39;102;clr;0.0;0.00;32;91;39;102;pc;32;90;38;100;pc

Bangkok;25;77;33;92;rn;15.0;0.59;26;79;33;91;rn;26;79;33;91;rn

Barbados;25;77;31;87;rn;15.0;0.59;27;81;30;86;rn;26;79;29;84;rn

Barcelona;21;70;29;84;clr;0.0;0.00;22;72;28;82;rn;21;70;28;82;clr

Beijing;22;71;30;86;rn;0.0;0.00;17;63;34;93;clr;18;66;38;100;clr

Beirut;24;75;32;91;pc;0.0;0.00;22;73;31;88;pc;22;72;31;88;pc

Belgrade;17;63;27;82;pc;0.0;0.00;22;73;31;88;pc;22;72;31;88;pc

Berlin;15;60;21;70;rn;0.7;0.03;17;63;23;73;rn;13;57;30;86;pc

Bermuda;25;78;29;84;pc;0.0;0.00;17;63;23;73;rn;13;57;30;86;pc

Bogota;9;49;17;63;pc;0.3;0.01;9;50;20;68;pc;8;48;18;64;rn

Boston;17;63;24;76;cdy;0.0;0.00;17;63;28;82;clr;17;64;28;82;pc

Brasilia;14;57;28;83;clr;0.0;0.00;16;61;28;82;clr;17;63;29;84;rn

Brisbane;10;51;21;69;clr;0.0;0.00;13;57;21;70;pc;11;52;22;72;pc

Brussels;14;58;26;80;clr;0.0;0.00;13;57;24;75;rn;14;59;23;73;rn

Bucharest;18;64;28;82;rn;1.0;0.04;17;63;31;88;clr;17;63;31;88;clr

Budapest;15;59;26;78;pc;0.0;0.00;17;63;29;84;pc;17;63;29;84;clr

Buenos Aires;6;43;14;57;clr;0.0;0.00;7;45;15;59;pc;6;43;10;50;pc

Cairo;23;74;35;95;clr;0.0;0.00;23;75;34;93;clr;23;75;33;91;pc

Calgary;11;53;21;70;rn;0.4;0.02;11;52;21;70;rn;8;48;21;70;pc

Caracas;24;76;31;87;clr;0.0;0.00;23;75;30;86;rn;24;77;29;84;rn

Chicago;16;60;24;75;clr;0.0;0.00;18;66;27;81;pc;22;72;32;90;pc

Colombo;27;80;31;87;pc;0.0;0.00;26;79;31;88;rn;26;79;30;86;rn

Copenhagen;17;64;28;83;clr;0.0;0.00;17;64;28;82;pc;18;66;27;81;rn

Dhahran;30;86;45;113;clr;0.0;0.00;31;88;45;113;clr;31;88;45;113;pc

Dhaka;26;79;32;90;clr;0.0;0.00;27;81;33;91;rn;27;81;33;91;rn

Dili;19;66;31;87;clr;0.0;0.00;22;72;30;86;pc;21;70;30;86;clr

Dubai;30;87;39;102;clr;0.0;0.00;31;88;39;102;clr;32;91;43;109;pc

Dublin;13;55;23;73;pc;0.0;0.00;16;61;23;73;pc;12;55;22;72;rn

Frankfurt;18;64;27;81;rn;0.8;0.03;16;61;28;82;clr;16;61;29;84;pc

Geneva;16;60;23;74;rn;2.0;0.08;12;55;27;81;rn;14;59;22;72;rn

Guatemala;16;61;26;79;pc;0.0;0.00;16;61;25;77;rn;17;64;26;79;rn

Hanoi;27;80;36;96;pc;0.0;0.00;27;81;34;93;rn;26;79;35;95;rn

Harare;4;39;23;73;clr;0.0;0.00;28;84;38;100;rn;27;81;34;93;rn

Havana;22;71;33;91;rn;0.0;0.00;22;73;34;93;cdy;22;72;34;93;cdy

Helsinki;17;62;30;86;clr;0.0;0.00;16;61;29;84;pc;14;59;28;82;pc

Hong Kong;27;80;33;91;rn;0.0;0.00;27;81;32;90;rn;27;81;32;90;pc

Honolulu;25;77;31;88;rn;0.0;0.00;24;77;31;88;pc;24;77;31;88;pc

Islamabad;25;77;28;83;rn;19.0;0.75;26;79;33;91;rn;24;77;34;93;rn

Istanbul;23;74;28;83;pc;0.0;0.00;22;73;31;88;pc;22;73;31;88;pc

Jakarta;22;72;31;88;clr;0.0;0.00;24;77;31;88;rn;24;77;33;91;rn

Jerusalem;23;74;31;89;clr;0.0;0.00;21;70;32;90;pc;21;70;33;91;clr

Johannesburg;10;51;21;71;clr;0.0;0.00;7;45;21;70;clr;7;45;17;63;clr

Kabul;21;69;36;96;clr;0.0;0.00;19;68;36;97;pc;19;68;36;97;clr

Kiev;16;62;27;81;clr;0.0;0.00;14;59;28;82;pc;17;63;29;84;pc

Kuala Lumpur;25;77;34;94;pc;0.0;0.00;23;75;35;95;rn;22;73;35;95;pc

Kuwait;31;87;46;115;clr;0.0;0.00;32;91;47;117;pc;32;91;47;117;pc

La Paz;-9;15;12;55;clr;0.0;0.00;-2;28;14;57;pc;-3;25;12;54;pc

Lima;15;59;17;63;rn;0.0;0.00;13;57;17;63;rn;13;57;18;64;pc

Lisbon;19;66;23;73;pc;0.0;0.00;17;64;26;79;rn;17;64;29;84;rn

London;16;61;29;85;clr;0.0;0.00;17;63;27;81;rn;17;63;29;84;rn

Los Angeles;18;65;33;92;clr;0.0;0.00;21;70;30;86;pc;19;68;31;88;pc

Madrid;20;69;36;97;clr;0.0;0.00;19;68;35;95;pc;21;70;36;97;clr

Managua;25;77;35;95;clr;0.0;0.00;24;77;34;93;rn;26;79;34;93;rn

Manila;25;77;31;88;rn;1.0;0.04;24;77;31;88;rn;24;77;32;90;rn

Mecca;31;87;43;110;clr;0.0;0.00;29;86;41;106;pc;29;86;39;102;rn

Melbourne;4;39;14;57;rn;0.0;0.00;29;86;39;102;rn;31;88;41;106;pc

Mexico City;12;53;22;71;rn;0.0;0.00;12;55;25;77;rn;12;55;24;75;pc

Miami;26;79;32;90;rn;0.0;0.00;26;79;32;90;rn;26;79;33;91;rn

Montevideo;5;41;13;55;pc;0.0;0.00;6;43;15;59;pc;7;45;11;52;pc

Montreal;13;56;23;73;pc;0.0;0.00;14;59;26;79;pc;17;63;25;77;pc

Moscow;13;55;26;78;rn;0.0;0.00;12;54;25;77;pc;16;61;26;79;rn

Nairobi;12;54;20;69;pc;0.0;0.00;12;54;22;72;rn;12;55;22;72;rn

Nassau;26;79;33;91;clr;0.0;0.00;26;79;32;90;rn;26;79;33;91;rn

New Delhi;27;80;34;93;clr;0.0;0.00;27;82;35;95;pc;27;82;36;97;rn

New York;21;70;27;80;pc;0.0;0.00;18;66;29;84;clr;21;70;30;86;rn

Nice;22;72;25;77;pc;0.0;0.00;21;70;25;77;rn;21;70;24;75;rn

Osaka;26;78;34;93;clr;0.0;0.00;21;70;24;75;rn;19;68;26;79;clr

Oslo;16;60;31;87;rn;13.0;0.51;16;61;29;84;rn;14;59;31;88;clr

Panama;x;x;x;x;x;x;26;79;28;82;rn;24;77;31;88;rn

Paris;17;62;29;85;clr;0.0;0.00;17;63;26;79;clr;14;59;26;79;pc

Perth;8;47;19;66;rn;0.0;0.00;12;55;17;63;rn;11;52;17;63;rn

Prague;12;54;21;70;clr;0.0;0.00;13;57;26;79;rn;13;57;28;82;pc

Rio de Janeiro;20;68;29;84;rn;0.0;0.00;21;70;23;73;rn;18;66;21;70;rn

Rome;20;68;27;80;clr;0.0;0.00;17;64;28;82;clr;18;66;29;84;pc

San Francisco;16;60;28;83;clr;0.0;0.00;16;61;29;84;pc;16;61;24;75;pc

San Jose;21;71;31;88;pc;0.0;0.00;21;70;28;82;rn;21;70;27;81;rn

San Juan;27;81;32;89;pc;0.0;0.00;26;79;33;91;rn;26;79;32;90;rn

San Salvador;21;70;33;92;clr;0.0;0.00;21;70;32;90;rn;21;70;33;91;rn

Santiago;-1;30;13;56;clr;0.0;0.00;1;34;13;55;pc;2;37;16;61;pc

Sao Paulo;18;64;22;71;rn;0.2;0.01;14;59;19;66;rn;12;55;19;66;rn

Sapporo;19;66;30;87;clr;0.0;0.00;12;55;19;66;rn;12;55;17;63;rn

Seoul;19;66;25;77;rn;0.0;0.00;22;73;26;79;rn;19;68;29;84;rn

Singapore;27;81;31;89;pc;0.0;0.00;27;81;33;91;rn;27;81;32;90;rn

Sofia;15;59;26;79;rn;0.0;0.00;13;57;26;79;pc;11;52;28;82;clr

Stockholm;14;57;31;88;clr;0.0;0.00;14;59;30;86;pc;16;61;30;86;pc

Sydney;8;46;20;68;pc;0.0;0.00;12;54;18;64;rn;9;50;18;64;pc

Taipei;26;78;34;93;rn;0.0;0.00;27;82;34;93;clr;27;82;33;91;clr

Tegucigalpa;19;66;30;87;pc;0.0;0.00;18;66;28;82;rn;18;66;29;84;pc

Tehran;23;73;37;99;clr;0.0;0.00;27;82;39;102;pc;24;77;40;104;pc

Tel Aviv;23;74;31;89;clr;0.0;0.00;22;72;31;88;pc;22;72;31;88;pc

Tokyo;26;78;33;91;rn;0.0;0.00;24;77;32;90;clr;26;79;33;91;rn

Turin;16;62;25;78;rn;2.0;0.08;16;61;26;79;rn;17;63;26;79;rn

Toronto;15;60;20;69;clr;0.0;0.00;13;57;24;75;clr;16;61;23;73;rn

Tunis;19;67;34;94;clr;0.0;0.00;23;75;37;99;pc;26;79;38;100;pc

Valletta;21;69;29;84;clr;0.0;0.00;22;72;30;86;clr;22;72;31;88;pc

Vancouver;13;55;20;68;rn;5.0;0.20;12;54;20;68;pc;11;52;21;70;pc

Vienna;16;60;26;79;clr;0.0;0.00;16;61;27;81;pc;16;61;28;82;rn

Warsaw;16;62;26;80;rn;0.2;0.01;17;64;27;81;rn;17;63;28;82;pc

Washington;22;71;28;83;rn;0.0;0.00;17;64;29;84;clr;19;68;32;90;pc

Zurich;13;56;25;77;pc;0.0;0.00;12;55;27;81;clr;16;61;22;72;pc

Baghdad;29;84;44;112;clr;0.0;0.00;32;90;44;111;clr;31;88;44;111;clr<

x - Indicates missing information.

clr - clear

pc - partly cloudy

cdy - cloudy

rn - rain

sn - snow

Source: Weather Underground

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News Topics: Weather forecasts, Weather, General news

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BC-WEA--Global Weather-Celsius

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:33
by  Associated Press BC-WEA--Global Weather-Celsius Associated Press - 25 July 2014 10:33-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Celsius, precipitation in centimeters and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 1400 GMT:

;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND

Amsterdam;18;26;clr;0.0;17;25;rn;14;25;rn

Athens;21;30;rn;0.0;21;33;rn;21;33;pc

Atlanta;22;31;rn;0.0;22;31;pc;22;32;pc

Auckland;4;13;rn;0.0;7;14;pc;9;13;rn

Basra;29;45;clr;0.0;29;48;clr;31;47;pc

Bahrain;33;39;clr;0.0;32;39;pc;32;38;pc

Bangkok;25;33;rn;15.0;26;33;rn;26;33;rn

Barbados;25;31;rn;15.0;27;30;rn;26;29;rn

Barcelona;21;29;clr;0.0;22;28;rn;21;28;clr

Beijing;22;30;rn;0.0;17;34;clr;18;38;clr

Beirut;24;32;pc;0.0;22;31;pc;22;31;pc

Belgrade;17;27;pc;0.0;22;31;pc;22;31;pc

Berlin;15;21;rn;0.7;17;23;rn;13;30;pc

Bermuda;25;29;pc;0.0;17;23;rn;13;30;pc

Bogota;9;17;pc;0.3;9;20;pc;8;18;rn

Boston;17;24;cdy;0.0;17;28;clr;17;28;pc

Brasilia;14;28;clr;0.0;16;28;clr;17;29;rn

Brisbane;10;21;clr;0.0;13;21;pc;11;22;pc

Brussels;14;26;clr;0.0;13;24;rn;14;23;rn

Bucharest;18;28;rn;1.0;17;31;clr;17;31;clr

Budapest;15;26;pc;0.0;17;29;pc;17;29;clr

Buenos Aires;6;14;clr;0.0;7;15;pc;6;10;pc

Cairo;23;35;clr;0.0;23;34;clr;23;33;pc

Calgary;11;21;rn;0.4;11;21;rn;8;21;pc

Caracas;24;31;clr;0.0;23;30;rn;24;29;rn

Chicago;16;24;clr;0.0;16;27;rn;21;32;pc

Colombo;27;31;pc;0.0;26;31;rn;26;30;rn

Copenhagen;17;28;clr;0.0;17;28;pc;18;27;rn

Dhahran;30;45;clr;0.0;31;45;clr;31;45;pc

Dhaka;26;32;clr;0.0;27;33;rn;27;33;rn

Dili;19;31;clr;0.0;22;30;pc;21;30;clr

Dubai;30;39;clr;0.0;31;39;clr;32;43;pc

Dublin;13;23;pc;0.0;16;23;pc;12;22;rn

Frankfurt;18;27;rn;0.8;16;28;clr;16;29;pc

Geneva;16;23;rn;2.0;12;27;rn;14;22;rn

Guatemala;16;26;pc;0.0;16;25;rn;17;26;rn

Hanoi;27;36;pc;0.0;27;34;rn;26;35;rn

Harare;4;23;clr;0.0;28;38;rn;27;34;rn

Havana;22;33;rn;0.0;22;34;cdy;22;34;cdy

Helsinki;17;30;clr;0.0;16;29;pc;14;28;pc

Hong Kong;27;33;rn;0.0;27;32;rn;27;32;pc

Honolulu;25;31;rn;0.0;24;31;pc;24;31;pc

Islamabad;25;28;rn;19.0;26;33;rn;24;34;rn

Istanbul;23;28;pc;0.0;22;31;pc;22;31;pc

Jakarta;22;31;clr;0.0;24;31;rn;24;33;rn

Jerusalem;23;31;clr;0.0;21;32;pc;21;33;clr

Johannesburg;10;21;clr;0.0;7;21;clr;7;17;clr

Kabul;21;36;clr;0.0;19;36;pc;19;36;clr

Kiev;16;27;clr;0.0;14;28;pc;17;29;pc

Kuala Lumpur;25;34;pc;0.0;23;35;rn;22;35;pc

Kuwait;31;46;clr;0.0;32;47;pc;32;47;pc

La Paz;-9;12;clr;0.0;-2;14;pc;-3;12;pc

Lima;15;17;rn;0.0;13;17;rn;13;18;pc

Lisbon;19;23;pc;0.0;17;26;rn;17;29;rn

London;16;29;clr;0.0;17;27;rn;17;29;rn

Los Angeles;18;33;clr;0.0;21;30;pc;19;31;pc

Madrid;20;36;clr;0.0;19;35;pc;21;36;clr

Managua;25;35;clr;0.0;24;34;rn;26;34;rn

Manila;25;31;rn;1.0;24;31;rn;24;32;rn

Mecca;31;43;clr;0.0;29;41;pc;29;39;rn

Melbourne;4;14;rn;0.0;29;39;rn;31;41;pc

Mexico City;12;22;rn;0.0;12;25;rn;12;24;pc

Miami;26;32;rn;0.0;26;32;rn;26;33;rn

Montevideo;5;13;pc;0.0;6;15;pc;7;11;pc

Montreal;13;23;pc;0.0;14;26;pc;17;25;pc

Moscow;13;26;rn;0.0;12;25;pc;16;26;rn

Nairobi;12;20;pc;0.0;12;22;rn;12;22;rn

Nassau;26;33;clr;0.0;26;32;rn;26;33;rn

New Delhi;27;34;clr;0.0;27;35;pc;27;36;rn

New York;21;27;pc;0.0;18;29;clr;21;30;rn

Nice;22;25;pc;0.0;21;25;rn;21;24;rn

Osaka;26;34;clr;0.0;21;24;rn;19;26;clr

Oslo;16;31;rn;13.0;16;29;rn;14;31;clr

Panama;x;x;x;26;28;rn;24;31;rn

Paris;17;29;clr;0.0;17;26;clr;14;26;pc

Perth;8;19;rn;0.0;12;17;rn;11;17;rn

Prague;12;21;clr;0.0;13;26;rn;13;28;pc

Rio de Janeiro;20;29;rn;0.0;21;23;rn;18;21;rn

Rome;20;27;clr;0.0;17;28;clr;18;29;pc

San Francisco;16;28;clr;0.0;16;29;pc;16;24;pc

San Jose;21;31;pc;0.0;21;28;rn;21;27;rn

San Juan;27;32;pc;0.0;26;33;rn;26;32;rn

San Salvador;21;33;clr;0.0;21;32;rn;21;33;rn

Santiago;-1;13;clr;0.0;1;13;pc;2;16;pc

Sao Paulo;18;22;rn;0.2;14;19;rn;12;19;rn

Sapporo;19;30;clr;0.0;12;19;rn;12;17;rn

Seoul;19;25;rn;0.0;22;26;rn;19;29;rn

Singapore;27;31;pc;0.0;27;33;rn;27;32;rn

Sofia;15;26;rn;0.0;13;26;pc;11;28;clr

Stockholm;14;31;clr;0.0;14;30;pc;16;30;pc

Sydney;8;20;pc;0.0;12;18;rn;9;18;pc

Taipei;26;34;rn;0.0;27;34;clr;27;33;clr

Tegucigalpa;19;30;pc;0.0;18;28;rn;18;29;pc

Tehran;23;37;clr;0.0;27;39;pc;24;40;pc

Tel Aviv;23;31;clr;0.0;22;31;pc;22;31;pc

Tokyo;26;33;rn;0.0;24;32;clr;26;33;rn

Turin;16;25;rn;2.0;16;26;rn;17;26;rn

Toronto;15;20;clr;0.0;13;24;clr;16;23;rn

Tunis;19;34;clr;0.0;23;37;pc;26;38;pc

Valletta;21;29;clr;0.0;22;30;clr;22;31;pc

Vancouver;13;20;rn;5.0;12;20;pc;11;21;pc

Vienna;16;26;clr;0.0;16;27;pc;16;28;rn

Warsaw;16;26;rn;0.2;17;27;rn;17;28;pc

Washington;22;28;rn;0.0;17;29;clr;19;32;pc

Zurich;13;25;pc;0.0;12;27;clr;16;22;pc

Baghdad;29;44;clr;0.0;32;44;clr;31;44;clr<

x - Indicates missing information.

clr - clear

pc - partly cloudy

cdy - cloudy

rn - rain

sn - snow

Source: Weather Underground

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Incertitude in Ukraine after government resignation

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:23
by  Dan Alexe

The entire Ukrainian government resigned on Thursday, after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. This opened the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

President Petro Poroshenko, elected to replace Yanukovych on 25 May, praised the withdrawal of the two parties. He said that "all opinion polls, and direct conversations with people, show that society wants a complete rebooting of the government."

Poroshenko's calls for political renewal suggests the resignation and new elections are the result of planning and political maneuvering, not chaos.

Poroshenko has officially named Volodymyr Hroysman as the country's acting prime minister. Hroysman replaces Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who  took over as prime minister just short of five months ago supported by a coalition of pro-European parties. They took power after Yanukovych was driven from office by months of street protests on Kiev's Independence Square, or Maidan.

When he took office, Yatsenyuk's administration was expected to be a brief one because it was taking over with the government almost broke and facing the likelihood of adopting unpopular measures to satisfy conditions for rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund. It succeeded in landing the IMF bailout and last week IMF officials said the government was meeting almost all its financial targets.

The nationalist Svoboda party and the Udar party led by former boxer Vitali Klitschko pulled out of Yatsenyuk's coalition. The current Parliament was originally dominated by Yanukovych supporters in the pro-Russian Party of Regions. That group has shrunk through defections and its members face an uncertain fate in new elections.

Those elections the second this year in conditions of civil war, might have grave consequences for Ukrainețs future in its recognised borders. On the one hand, knowing that the future elections, like the last one, will not be organised in the territories controlled by separatists, the result could lead to the consolidation of their independence de facto. On the other hand, the resignation of the government could also indicate that president Petro Poroshenko, who remains now the unique responsible of the military operations, is certain that until the elections he might conquer them back the separatist territories, with the possible exception of Crimea. 

Of course, problems will arise immediately after the elections, first in economic terms: conducting a military offensive during the whole summer in the Eastern part of the Ukraine would lead to a total disruption of the economy, and especially of agriculture, during that part of the country.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has received a warning from Human Rights Watch. 

Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.

The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes. “Grad rockets are notoriously imprecise weapons that shouldn’t be used in populated areas,” said Ole Solvang, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch. “If insurgent and Ukrainian government forces are serious about limiting harm to civilians, they should both immediately stop using these weapons in populated areas.”

The Ukrainian military says 325 soldiers and officers have been killed since the "antiterrorist" operation was launched in the country's eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk more than two months ago.

In Brussels, the Commission presented on Thursday a document outlining a number of measures that could be taken in the areas set out by the Council conclusions, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives also agreed to add further persons and entities responsible for action against Ukraine's territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a visa ban.

Meanwhile, Russia announced it will ban milk and dairy products imports from Ukraine starting on 28 July.
 

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Bergman's home is scene for a wedding: 'Lust, Caution' actress Tang marries Korean director

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:18
by  Associated Press 'Lust, Caution' actress Tang marries in Sweden by ANGELA CHEN, Associated Press - 25 July 2014 10:18-04:00

HONG KONG (AP) — "Lust, Caution" star Tang Wei found legendary director Ingmar Bergman's island home to be the perfect scene for a wedding.

The Chinese actress and South Korean director Kim Tae-yong wed in a small ceremony July 12 at Bergman's home on the Swedish island of Faro.

The couple had announced their engagement earlier this month. Tang's management sent out a statement on Thursday night saying the couple visited the Bergman home to pay their respects to the late film director and the wedding was a spur-of-the-moment decision.

At a public appearance in Shanghai on Tuesday, Tang was asked about her engagement and replied that when a woman comes across a "life-changing opportunity," she shouldn't let it pass her by.

Tang and Kim met on the set of his romance drama "Late Autumn" in 2010.

She received rave reviews for her big-screen debut in Ang Lee's 2007 spy thriller, but the politically sensitive role of a traitor reportedly landed her on Chinese film officials' blacklist for three years. Her other films include "Crossing Hennessy," ''Wu Xia" and "Finding Mr. Right."

She will be making her Hollywood debut in director Michael Mann's new thriller "Cyber" in 2015.

Kim made his directorial debut with the coming-of-age film "Free to Fly" in 1997. His other writing and directing credits include "Memento Mori" and "Family Ties."

This is the first marriage for Tang and second for Kim.

Faro was Bergman's home for decades and the setting of some of his best films. The director of "Through a Glass Darkly," ''Scenes from a Marriage" and "Wild Strawberries" died in 2007.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Movies, Entertainment, Weddings, Occasions, Lifestyle

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Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny loses to Robin Haase in Swiss Open quarterfinals

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:12
by  Associated Press Haase beats defending champ Youzhny at Swiss Open Associated Press - 25 July 2014 10:12-04:00

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Robin Haase advanced to the semifinals of the Swiss Open by beating defending champion Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Friday in a rematch of last year's final.

The top-seeded Russian saved six match points in the final game before finally losing.

Haase, a Dutchman seeded seventh, will play Juan Monaco in Saturday's semifinals. Monaco beat two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6 (1), 6-1.

In a match held over from Thursday, fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain completed a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

Verdasco was due back on court later Friday to face Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the last quarterfinal match.

News Topics: Sports, Men's sports, Men's tennis, Tennis

People, Places and Companies: Mikhail Youzhny, Robin Haase, Juan Monaco, Thomaz Bellucci, Fernando Verdasco, Jan-Lennard Struff, Viktor Troicki, Switzerland, Western Europe, Europe

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CAS says ruling on Luis Suarez's appeal of biting ban "likely" before Spanish season starts

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:08
by  Associated Press CAS says ruling on Luis Suarez's appeal of biting ban "likely" before Spanish season starts Associated Press - 25 July 2014 10:08-04:00

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — CAS says ruling on Luis Suarez's appeal of biting ban "likely" before Spanish season starts.

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People, Places and Companies: Switzerland, Western Europe, Europe

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Nigeria security forces increase security ahead of Ramadan feast

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:53
by  Associated Press Nigeria beefs up security ahead of Ramadan feast Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:53-04:00

ABUJA (AP) — Nigerian forces say they are increasing security nationwide ahead Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan.

Emmanuel Okeh, a spokesman for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, said Nigeria is deploying 50,000 troops and counterterrorism units, including special forces, a nuclear, biological chemical and radioactive squad and "sniffer dogs."

He said troops will patrol gathering spots, highways and other "strategic places."

Since Wednesday at least 57 people have been killed in four separate attacks. Islamic militants Boko Haram are largely blamed for the violence, having already killed thousands of people in five years of insurgency.

Large portions of Nigeria's northeast have been under emergency rule for more than a year. But in this week's violence, all but 12 of the victims were outside the security zones.

News Topics: General news, Islam, Ramadan, Religion, Social affairs, Holidays, Occasions, Lifestyle

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Fiorentina announces deal with Monterrey for Argentina defender Jose Basanta

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:52
by  Associated Press Argentina defender Basanta transfers to Fiorentina Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:52-04:00

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Fiorentina has announced a deal with Mexican club Monterrey to acquire Argentina international Jose Basanta on a full transfer.

Fiorentina says the deal still requires the defender to pass a medical and sign a contract.

While the club did not release financial details, the transfer price has been reported as 3.5 million euros ($4.7 million).

The 30-year-old Basanta appeared for Argentina twice at the World Cup, against Switzerland in the round of 16 as a late substitute, and against Belgium in the quarterfinals as a starter.

He also holds Mexican citizenship. He has never played in Europe.

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People, Places and Companies: Italy, Argentina, Western Europe, Europe, South America, Latin America and Caribbean

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US stocks head lower after results from Amazon disappoint Wall Street

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:49
by  Associated Press US stocks ease on earnings results Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:49-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is lower in early trading after online retail giant Amazon posted a quarterly loss.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 102 points, or 0.6 percent, to 16,981 shortly after the market opened Friday The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped six points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,981. The Nasdaq composite fell 25 points, or 0.6 percent, to 4,446.

Amazon's stock slumped $38.15, or 11 percent, to $320.46 after it reported a wider loss late Thursday than analysts had forecast. The company's expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

Investor seemed to shrug some good news about the U.S. economy. Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June, helped by rising demand for commercial aircraft and machinery.

Major markets in Europe also traded lower.

News Topics: Business, General news, Stock indices and averages, Stock markets, Financial markets

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'Manhattan' dramatizes the human, social toll of the WWII race to build the atomic bomb

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:41
by  Associated Press Scientists make love, war weapons in 'Manhattan' Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:41-04:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets.

He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs without the knowledge of Congress, the vice president or the American public.

The result is "Manhattan," debuting Sunday (9 p.m. EDT) on cable channel WGN America. The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate Southwestern desert community, one of several that sprang up as part of the Manhattan Project aiming to beat Nazi Germany to the bomb.

"I wound up shelving the modern idea, in part because it's really difficult to write about history in the making with any kind of objectivity and moral clarity," Shaw said.

But his research showed him that the birth of the atomic bomb was "the birth of a huge number of issues and problems ... we're still trying to parse 70 years later."

Among the questions "Manhattan" raises: to what extent do we trust our leaders, and how much freedom and privacy are we willing to surrender to protect the nation and its ideals, including those primary ones?

Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing") is an executive producer and directed the pilot. The cast includes John Benjamin Hickey ("Transformers," ''The Good Wife"), Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards"), Ashley Zukerman ("Terra Nova," ''Rush") and Olivia Williams ("Rushmore").

The World War II-era drama is the second original series for WGN America, part of its initiative to expand beyond Chicago sports and broadcast network reruns. It follows last spring's debut of "Salem," set in the 17th-century witch-obsessed village.

"Manhattan" fulfills WGN America's goal of entertaining viewers while taking them to "a time and place, with a palpable sense of what it was like to live in that moment," said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager.

The scientists who were gathered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration in Los Alamos, New Mexico, were the best and the brightest, Shaw said. They became part of a very young settlement, with the average age of Manhattan Project workers there about 25, he said.

Families, the military and locals are part of the combustible mix in "Manhattan."

The real scientists were fervently dedicated to the cause, even if some later came to regret the deadly force they helped unleash, Shaw said.

"Almost everyone there was completely convinced that if they didn't get there first, (German) atomic bombs would rain down on the cities of Europe and America, as well," he said.

Shaw came to "Manhattan" from Showtime's very different "Masters of Sex," on which he was a writer until he got the greenlight for his own series.

"I don't know how I traded sex and nudity for nuclear apocalypse," he said, jokingly. But he noted that life isn't entirely staid for the characters of "Manhattan," despite the dark mushroom cloud in their future.

"All those physicists had a lot of steam to blow off, so there was a fair amount of misbehavior. ... It's part of the human dimension of what it was like to live in this place," he said.

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Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber

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Nigeria arrests man accused of stealing $6 million in Facebook fraud

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:41
by  Associated Press Nigeria nabs accused $6 million Facebook fraudster Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:41-04:00

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.

Emmanuel Okeh, a spokesman for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps said Friday that the suspect, Michael Ogun, 44, is accused of using Facebook and other websites that appear to represent government agencies, including customs, immigration and security. The pages urged applicants to pay small fees to apply online for jobs.

Okeh said the scam is one of many in Nigeria that are specifically designed to extract small sums from Nigeria's unemployed. Conservative estimates put Nigeria's unemployment rate at about 24 percent in a nation of more than 160 million people.

Nigerian security forces say they never recruit online.

News Topics: General news, Job hunting, Careers, Business

People, Places and Companies: Nigeria, West Africa, Africa

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Turkey opens high speed rail link between Ankara and Istanbul

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:27
by  Associated Press High speed rail opens between main Turkish cities Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:27-04:00

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is inaugurating a high-speed rail service linking the capital Ankara to Istanbul which will cut travel time between the country's main two cities by half.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other dignitaries opened the service on Friday, making the first high-speed journey from Ankara to Istanbul, with a stopover at a station midway where the Turkish leader delivered a campaign speech for presidential elections on Aug. 10.

Transport officials say the new tracks, permitting speed up to 250 kms per hour (155 mph), will reduce travel time from about seven hours to three and a half hours.

The opening of the service suffered several delays, including an accident during a test run earlier this month in which a train slammed into a rail maintenance vehicle.

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People, Places and Companies: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Istanbul, Ankara, Middle East, Western Europe, Europe

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Molson Coors Brewing CEO Swinburn to retire at year's end: Hunter named as successor

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:27
by  Associated Press Molson Coors Brewing CEO to retire at year's end Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:27-04:00

DENVER (AP) — Molson Coors Brewing Co. President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn is retiring at year's end.

The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.

The 61-year-old Swinburn has served as CEO since 2008. The 51-year-old Hunter has served as CEO and president of the company's European business since January 2013.

Swinburn's retirement from his posts, as well as from his role as a board member, is effective Dec. 31. Hunter will become a director.

Its brands include Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling and Blue Moon.

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Indian foreign minister arrives in Nepal for discussions on building power plants, other trade

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:23
by  Associated Press Indian official to discuss power plants in Nepal Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:23-04:00

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — India's foreign minister has arrived in Nepal for talks about building power plants and other trade between the South Asian nations.

The delegation led by Sushma Swaraj will attend a Joint Commission meeting in Katmandu on Saturday.

The visit by the highest-level official since a new government was elected in India in May is important for Nepal as much larger India has a major influence over both the economy and politics in the Himalayan nation.

Swaraj is also expected to formally announce a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal next month.

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Uganda: 9 bodies discovered in western Uganda following deadly tribal clashes

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:20
by  Associated Press Uganda: 9 bodies found after tribal clashes Associated Press - 25 July 2014 09:20-04:00

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.

Police Spokesman Fred Enanga said Friday that five of the victims were found in a grave in Bundibugyo district.

Local leaders say the victims are members of the Bakonzo tribe who were killed in reprisal attacks following violence in neighboring Kasese district, where the Bakonzo were blamed for deadly attacks on the Bamba earlier this month. On July 5 gunmen believed to be Bakonzo raided villages and security installations near Uganda's border with Congo, killing more than 12 people.

Ugandan security forces killed more than 50 trying to stop the attacks, President Yoweri Museveni said recently.

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Brussels prepares a carpet of flowers to mark 50 years of Turkish immigration

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:18
by  Andy Carling

Belgium is known for the proud frite, exceptional beer, divine chocolate and urinating statues.

Now the nation can add the anti-bigotry begonia to the list.

Belgium is marking 50 years since signing labour treaties with Morocco and Turkey, allowing 'guest workers' to fuel the then booming economy. There is now a 220,000 strong Turkish community in Belgium.

In honour of the anniversary and the economic and cultural benefits of migration, Brussels' bi-annual flower carpet will be inspired by Turkish designs.

The previous carpet, in 2012 had a theme of African cultures.

The 77m x 24m carpet will be in the Grand Place from 14 - 17 August.

The carpet began in 1971 as a begonia enthusiast Etienne Stautemas​ had been making smaller outdoor displays using his favourite flower, whose range of colours and hardiness made it ideal. He realised that a large carpet in the centre of Brussels would promote the plant and the city.

Since then the city of Brussels has created an association to organise the spectacle, which takes a year or more of planning. First a theme is chosen then designs are selected.

Once the design is known, then comes the job of calculating how many plants of which colour are needed and then the growing begins. A carpet requires around 800,000 plants.

If New Europe has a top tip for readers, it is to watch the hundred volunteers prepare the carpet.

You don't even have to be in Brussels' Grand Place as the City of Brussels will have a webcam broadcasting the scene.

The first task is to mark out the design, then turf is rolled out to mark the edges of the carpet and interior designs. At noon on the 14th, the flowers arrive and work begins. The flowers are packed tightly, around 300 per square meter. No soil is used, apart from in the turf, but if it's a rare wet weekend, the grass can grow four or five centimeters in three days.

You don't have to be a keen gardener to appreciate the carpet, an idea as eccentric as it is glorious, but watching the volunteer gardeners piece together the carpet over four to six hours is quietly impressive and rewarding.

The event is free, but for €5 visitors can get a view from the city hall's balcony.

Each evening there is a sound and light show at 10pm, 10:30 and 11pm.

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EU ambassadors reach preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, officials say

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 13:40
by  Associated Press EU reaches preliminary deal on Russia sanctions Associated Press - 25 July 2014 08:40-04:00

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.

EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic says the proposals were transmitted Friday to EU officials to codify into regulations, with the ambassadors scheduled to meet again Tuesday to review the results. She said EU member states must decide whether the measures need to be approved by a summit meeting of the trade bloc's 28 member countries to go into effect.

The ambassadors also ordered EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans for an undisclosed number of Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians who are accused of undermining Ukraine's sovereignty. The names of those affected should be made public later Friday.

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Orders for US durable goods up 0.7 percent in June led by solid gain in business investment

New Europe News - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 13:35
by  Associated Press Orders for US durable goods up 0.7 percent in June Associated Press - 25 July 2014 08:35-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans.

The Commerce Department says that orders for durable goods increased 0.7 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following a 1 percent decline in May.

A category viewed as a proxy for business investment plans rose a solid 1.4 percent, recovering after a revised 1.2 percent drop in May. It was the best showing since orders in this core capital goods category rose 4.7 percent in March.

The strength last month came from solid gains in demand for commercial aircraft and machinery. Economists expect economic activity will strengthen in the second half of the year, helped by stronger factory production.

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