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Russia demands Crimea’s surrender, world on high alert

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The ukranian military forces currently in Crimea have been given unitl 3:00 GMT to surrender or face assault. The limit was stablished by the head of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Aleksander Vitko, threatening to attack “across Crimea”.

The Western Powers, specially the United States, have condemned these actions as a direct violation towards Ukraine’s sovereignity. (read more about the US threat towards Russia here)

Russia is now said to be in de facto control of the Crimea region.

Ukraine has ordered full mobilisation to counter the intervention.

No shots have yet been fired in the region, which has a majority of Russian speakers and a largely pro-Russian local government.

Will World War Three start today?

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Russia confirmed to send troops to Ukraine

Ukraine in troop mobilisation over Russia

Ukraine navy’s head swears allegiance to Russia

Ukraine, a succesful coup d’etat

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After weeks of fighting for a better country, the citizens of Ukraine have managed to remove president Viktor Yanukovich from power. Ukraine’s fromer Prime Minister and hero of the country’s 2004 revolution, Yulia Tymoshenko has been released from prision and has returned to Kiev to claim justice for all the dead protesters.

Tymoshenko served as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, and was forced out of office after losing an election to Yanukovych. She was sentenced in 2011 to seven years in prison after being convicted of abuse of authority over a natural gas deal negotiated with Russia in 2009.

Tymoshenko’s release was the latest in a day of dramatic, fast-paced developments that saw Parliament vote to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office and call for new elections. Just hours after her release from a prison hospital, Tymoshenko called for justice for protesters killed in demonstrations sparked by the President’s decision to scrap a trade deal with the European Union in favor of one with Russia.

President  Yanukovich, after seeing that the elections of wether to keep him or not as a ruler were being lost, tried to flee the country but had no proper paperwork to do so, therefore was stopped by local inspectors. He denied the attempt to leave the country. Ukraine’s dismissed interior minister, Vitaliy Zakharchenko, also was refused exit from the country in a similar incident at the same airport, Astakov said.

The events of the day raise questions about just who is in control in Ukraine, with Parliament voting to oust Yanukovych and hold new elections on May 25.

The vote came just 24 hours after Yanukovych signed a peace deal with the opposition intended to end days of bloody protests.

Has Ukraine finally found peace?

Militants kill protesters in Lybia

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Militants opened fire to anti-militia protesters in Tripoli, Lybia, killing over forty people and injuring around 50.

The event ocurred outside the Misrata militia Headquarters in Gharghour district.

The militia were also involved in las week’s clashes to the capital (read more here

The Libyan government has been struggling to contain numerous militias who control many parts of the country.

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Bombs and gunfire kill three in Syria

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Three people have been killed by bombs and mortar fire near the Syrian capital Damascus.

Two bombs exploded near the capital’s famous Hamidiyeh market., another seven people were wounded.

Also on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss a planned peace conference.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group, said it had also seen “initial reports” of Thursday’s deaths in Damascus.

Central Damascus has experienced increasing violence recently as clashes between government forces and rebels in its suburbs continue.

On Monday the driver of a school bus and four children died when a mortar hit the bus in Damascus’s Old City.

Last week eight people were killed and 50 wounded in the central Hijaz Square, the state-run news agency Sana reported.

The UN says more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011. More than 2.2 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries while an estimated 4.25 million have been displaced internally.

 

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Israeli soldier stabbed to death by a teenager

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An Israeli soldier has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager on a bus in northern Israel.

The 18-year-old soldier was stabbed multiple times in the neck and upper body as the bus from Nazareth stopped in the town of Afula, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but died of his wounds.

The attacker, a 16-year-old from the West Bank town of Jenin who was working in Israel illegally, is in custody.

Other passengers on the bus subdued him before handing him over to the security forces, according to the Jerusalem Post newspaper.

The violence comes as the US attempts to revive faltering peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a halt to controversial plans for the construction of 24,000 new homes at Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Mr Netanyahu said the plan, announced by his housing minister, had caused unnecessary conflict with the international community at a time when Israel is pressing for a tougher stance on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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