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EU set to help Ukraine pay gas bills: Oettinger PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:01
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is working on a plan to help Ukraine pay its gas bills to Russia, he told Austria's ORF radio on Friday, saying there was "no reason to panic" about Russian gas supplies to Europe. "We are in close contact with Ukraine and its gas company to ensure that Ukraine remains able to pay and the debts that the gas company has to Gazprom do not rise further," he said, adding he would meet Ukraine's energy and foreign ministers on Monday. "I am preparing a solution that is part of the aid package that the IMF, the European Union and the World Bank is giving to Ukraine and from which payment for open bills will be possible." (Reporting by Michael Shields;
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Rising anti-Russia sentiment threatens Europe stability: Moscow PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:01

An anti-Russian protester holds a placard during a demonstration outside the residence of the US ambassador to the UK in central London on March 14, 2014, where US Foreign Secretary John Kerry meets his Russian counterpart Sergei LavrovRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday warned that European stability was being threatened by rising anti-Russian sentiment over the Ukraine crisis. "The current inflaming of anti-Russian sentiments takes place against the background of a spike of racism and xenophobia in many European countries, an increase in the number of ultra-radical groups and turning a blind eye to neo-Nazi phenomena, whether in Ukraine or elsewhere," he said. Russia's top diplomat, quoted by the state RIA Novosti news agency, added that this "carries an obvious threat to European stability." Lavrov spoke after US President Barack Obama threatened a third round of sanctions against Moscow if it escalates tensions over Ukraine, whose government it does not recognise.


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Ukraine PM: regions should have more powers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:01

Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks during his meeting with regional leaders in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014. Ukraine’s prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers. Yatsenyuk Friday morning flew into Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists are occupying the regional administration building and calling for a referendum that could prefigure seeking annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country's restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers, but left it unclear how his ideas differed from the demands of protesters now occupying government buildings or Russia's advocacy of federalization.


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Cycling boss Brailsford quits to focus on Sky PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:01

(From left) Team Sky's Australia's Richie Porte, Britain's Christopher Froome and general manger Dave Brailsford hold a press conference in Porto-Vecchio on the French island of Corsica on June 27, 2013Dave Brailsford, the man behind British Cycling's Olympic success, is leaving the national set-up to concentrate solely on his role as principal of the Sky team, it was announced Friday. As performance director of British Cycling he oversaw eight gold medals at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. The 50-year-old Welshman was also the driving force behind the creation of Team Sky, who've provided the last two winners of the Tour de France -- road cycling's premier event -- in Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013). "This is a big step but it is the right decision for the team and for me," Brailsford said Friday.


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Warship's namesake, Zumwalt, fought racism, sexism PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:01

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy the Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 1000 is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard Oct. 28, 2013. The ship that bears his name, the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, will be christened by Zumwalt's two daughters on Saturday April 12, 2014 at Bath Iron Works. Joining them will be his surviving son, who's a retired Marine, and other relatives.(AP Photo/U.S. Navy)BATH, Maine (AP) — Bud Zumwalt took what he learned during the tumultuous 1960s with him when he became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations, earning a reputation as a reformer who fought racism and sexism and worked to improve the lives of sailors.


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