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Introduction:

The European Union has steadily moved forward in its attempt to unite Europe politically and economically. It has succeeded in creating a European parliament,

a court and, in the near future, a common currency.

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**ENEWS ARTICLES**

A European Perspective on Our Debt Crisis March 05, 2013

Turkey Not So Hot On EU Membership November 27, 2012

Soccer and the G-8's Greek Quandary May 22, 2012

Croatia Votes To Join Troubled European Union January 24, 2012

The G-20 Summit Ends In An Ermph November 08, 2011


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The 2nd Annual KI Conference: Strategic Perspectives II by Chuck Missler

European Union Update: Poland's Balancing Act by Chuck Missler

The New Challenges: Europa Rising: Part IV by Chuck Missler

The 'New Europe' Arises Europa Rising: Part III by Chuck Missler

Profiles in Prophecy Series: Europa Rising: Part II by Chuck Missler


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Maastricht Treaty -

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Belgium Considering World’s First Child Euthanasia Law - Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths? In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children—something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.

EU Proposal to Monitor “Intolerant” Citizens - While European leaders are busy expressing public indignation over reports of American espionage operations in the European Union, the European Parliament is quietly considering a proposal that calls for the direct surveillance of any EU citizen suspected of being “intolerant.”

Cyprus Has Been Bailed Out — Nyeht, Nyeht! - Authorities from Cyprus and the so-called troika of international lenders – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – reached agreement on a bailout loan for the country of up to 10 billion euros.

Hungarian Jews Fleeing Into Austria - The leader of Vienna's Jewish community says anti-Semitism in Hungary is causing an influx of Jewish immigrants to Austria. Oskar Deutsch said he was pleased people were coming, but that the circumstances forcing Jews to leave Hungary were deeply troubling. Austria's Jewish community numbers approximately 8,000 people and is being joined in recent years by some 150 families annually fleeing from Hungary.

EU divided on plans for talks with Turkey - The European Union remained divided over the terms for opening accession talks with Turkey as member governments struggled to agree on a declaration pressing Ankara to normalize relations with Cyprus. Cyprus joined the EU last year, but Turkey's refusal to recognize it is exposing tensions within the Union and clouding the opening of membership talks on October 3.


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British man: If I testify in US, I'll be arrested

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:54:26 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — A British man who quit a 2001 shoe-bomb plot and became a valuable witness at terrorism trials told a judge Friday that he does not want to testify in the United States because he'll be arrested on terrorism charges filed in Boston.
 

Greater tension could do systemic harm to Russian firms-Norilsk

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:48:48 PMGo to full article
By Silvia Antonioli LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Any worsening of tension between Moscow and the West that leads to stiffer sanctions would do systemic damage to Russian companies by deterring investors and making borrowing more difficult, a Norilsk Nickel executive said. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula has marked the biggest East-West crisis since the Cold War and prompted the United States and Europe to impose sanctions. Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest nickel and palladium miner, has not been hit by the political tension so far, but all Russian companies would suffer should the situation escalate, its deputy chief executive officer for government and investor relations said in an interview. "The impact would be felt if the situation further aggravated and there would be some systemic implications for companies, like for example a decrease in the ratings...lack of interest from investors, an exodus of some of the investors from the shareholder base, tightening of the terms of financing," Andrei Bougrov said.
 

Tense EU urges Russia to 'show it is serious' and de-escalate

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:32:40 PMGo to full article
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague attends an Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Athens April 4, 2014"Europe must not relax" and needs to stand firm on the Ukraine crisis until Russia "shows it is serious" by clearly pulling back its troops from the border, Europe's foreign ministers said Friday. Going into two days of talks, the 28 European Union ministers described the unprecedented crisis unfurling on the bloc's eastern flank as "very dangerous" but appeared to be hoping to see Moscow take steps to defuse the tension. "It is really important that Russia shows that it is serious about the de-escalation by moving troops back," said the EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton.
 
 

Ex-president of Guinea-Bissau, Kumba Yala, dies at 61

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:10:45 PMGo to full article
Guinea-Bissau's main opposition leader and former president Kumba Yala, pictured at his home on April 16, 2012 in BissauKumba Yala, the philosophy teacher turned president who ruled Guinea-Bissau from 2000 to 2003 and was instantly recognisable by his red bobble hat, died on Friday aged 61, his family said. He died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning, the government said in a brief statement. His personal security chief Alfredo Malu had told AFP the former president fell ill on Thursday night. Yala's personal physician and nephew Martinho Kope Na Nhanca said he could do nothing to save him.
 
 

'Europe must not relax' on Ukraine: UK's Hague

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:30:38 PMGo to full article
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague attends an Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Athens April 4, 2014"Europe must not relax" on the Ukraine crisis as the situation remains tense with Russian troops making only "a token withdrawal" from the border, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Friday. "Any withdrawal of the forces has been only a token withdrawal," said Hague on arriving for talks with his 27 European Union counterparts. "We have not seen real de-escalation by Russia. Therefore Europe must not relax," Hague added.
 
 

EU must be ready with Russia sanctions over Ukraine: Britain

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:28:21 PMGo to full article
By Justyna Pawlak ATHENS (Reuters) - Britain urged its European Union partners on Friday to press ahead with preparing tough economic sanctions against Russia, saying large numbers of Russian forces remained on Ukraine's eastern border and there had been only a "token" withdrawal. "We haven't seen real de-escalation by Russia and therefore Europe must not relax in preparing a third tier of sanctions and making sure we continue to have a strong and united response," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Athens. He was referring to trade and economic measures the EU has threatened to take against Russia after its annexation of Crimea if it moves into southern and eastern Ukraine. At the two-day meeting in the Greek capital, the ministers will discuss ways the European Union can help Kiev overcome its conflict with Moscow and debate how to change the bloc's approach towards its neighbours in light of the Ukraine crisis.
 

NATO opens Kosovo airspace to civilian overflights after 15 years

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:16:24 PMGo to full article
NATO said on Friday it had allowed private planes to fly high over Kosovo for the first time in 15 years, letting commercial airlines save time and money by taking more direct routes across the region. There are regular civilian flights to Pristina, Kosovo's capital, but private airliners have been barred from using the so-called "upper" airspace since NATO took over responsibility for policing it at the end of the Kosovo war in 1999. The upper airspace was reopened to commercial overflights on Thursday after Hungary agreed to provide air traffic control for private flights. Airliners travelling between northern Europe and southeastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia will now no longer have to skirt Kosovo but fly straight over it - "a significant step that benefits the entire Western Balkans," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
 

Markets unmoved by broadly in-line US jobs data

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:12:56 PMGo to full article
A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Tokyo's Nikkei 225 that slipped 8.11 points, or 0.05 percent to close at 15,063.77 in Tokyo, April 4, 2014. Asian stock markets were little changed Friday after the European Central Bank refrained from further easing of monetary policy and investors looked to the upcoming U.S. jobs report for a new trading cue. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — European stocks closed the week on a high Friday after investors concluded that U.S. jobs data wouldn't prompt a change in the Federal Reserve's policy stance. U.S. stocks, however, gave up some early gains to trade modestly lower.
 
 

Kerry outdoes himself in new diplomatic frenzy

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:00:16 PMGo to full article
In this April 1, 2014, photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says goodbye as he leaves Tel Aviv, Israel, continuing on to NATO meetings in Brussels after meeting in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Middle East peace process talks. The current trip was to have been a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, but with crisis on multiple fronts and Kerry’s decision on how to proceed turned a routine trip abroad into a frenetic tour of high-stakes diplomacy marked by abrupt changes in plan that have come to define his 14-month tenure as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — More than a week into what was supposed to be only a five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts.
 
 

Kerry warns U.S. is evaluating role in Middle East peace talks

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:20 PMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks at news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Mezouar in RabatBy Lesley Wroughton RABAT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday Washington was evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks, signaling his patience with the Israelis and Palestinians was running out. Speaking during a visit to Morocco after a week of setbacks, Kerry said there was a limit to U.S. efforts if the parties themselves were unwilling to move forward.
 
 

FIFA sends message to clubs with Barcelona ban

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:36:43 PMGo to full article
FC Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu attends a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Barcelona has been "the victim of a grave injustice" after being hit with a FIFA transfer ban, he said on Thursday as the Spanish champion vowed not to change its model for recruiting youth players. Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference the club has never broken any Spanish regulations in signing young talents to its famed La Masia academy, which has produced such players as Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, and Andres Iniesta. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID (AP) — FIFA's decision to slap Barcelona with a transfer ban is a clear message to Europe's top clubs to follow its regulations when signing international youth players.
 
 

Russia sacrifices Gazprom profit for politics in Ukraine: analysts

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:33:16 PMGo to full article
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, the second increase in three days. The $485 price is the highest of any Gazprom customer and compares with around $370 on average for clients in the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the increase, two weeks after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, was unacceptable and warned he expected Russia to step up pressure by limiting supplies to Ukraine.
 

Austrian Jew to take restitution case to Europe rights court

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:13:22 PMGo to full article
By Derek Brooks VIENNA (Reuters) - A Jewish critic of Austria's post-war record in returning property plundered by the Nazis plans to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights after receiving a jail sentence last year when his own restitution claim went sour. Stephan Templ, 53, an architectural historian living in Prague, was sentenced to three years in jail for defrauding the Alpine republic after failing to name his aunt in a restitution claim for a hospital building near Vienna's famous Ringstrasse. The state argued that the aunt, Elisabeth Kretschmer, could have relinquished her stake in the building, which was seized from its Jewish owner after Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938, and that this share would have reverted to the state. Kretschmer learned in 2011, two years after a state panel returned the building to dozens of relatives including Tempel's mother, that she had missed a deadline to claim a stake in the property, and she then went to Vienna prosecutors.
 

Labor protest sparks clashes in Brussels

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:04:07 PMGo to full article
A protestor hurls a cobblestone toward police officers during a trade union demonstration in the European Quarter of Brussels on Friday, April 4, 2014. A demonstration by labor unions demanding a better deal for Europe’s working men and women led to street clashes in Brussels Friday, with some protesters showering police with oranges and cobblestones and police responding with water cannon. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police used water cannon and pepper spray on protesters who had showered them with oranges and cobblestones during a demonstration Friday by labor unions demanding a better deal for Europe's working men and women.
 
 

France's far-right to ban faith-based school lunch options

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:02:22 PMGo to full article
Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday it would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France's secular values. France's republic has a strict secular tradition enforceable by law, but faith-related demands have risen in recent years, especially from the country's five-million-strong Muslim minority, the largest in Europe. "We will not accept any religious demands in school menus," Le Pen told RTL radio. "There is no reason for religion to enter the public sphere, that's the law." The anti-immigrant National Front has consistently bemoaned the rising influence of Islam in French public life.
 

Limited potential for large EU gas flows to Ukraine before 2015

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:19:52 PMGo to full article
By Alexander Winning LONDON (Reuters) - Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk is hoping Europe can reverse gas down its East-to-West pipelines to help counter "political" price hikes in the gas Ukraine gets from Russia, but it could take until next winter to make the adjustments needed for significant volumes. Moscow raised its discounted gas tariff for Kiev twice this week, almost doubling it in three days, and Yatseniuk now fears Russia could also restrict gas supplies. Relations between Ukraine and Russia have turned hostile since popular protests in Kiev ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich in February, after which Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea region and formally annexed it last month. The European Union has encouraged member states to build such stations following previous gas crises involving disruption of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine, a major transit route for Russian gas.
 

ESA successfully launches new monitoring satellite

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:09:35 PMGo to full article
This image publicly provided by the European Space Agency ESA, shows Sentinel-1A satellite as it lifts off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on Thursday, April 3, 2014. ESA said Friday, April 4, 2014, it has successfully launched the first in a series of satellites that will form the nucleus of its new Copernicus monitoring system, which is aimed at providing better and quicker information about natural disasters and other catastrophes. (AP Photo/European Space Agency, ESA/Stephane Corvaja) MANDATORY CREDITBERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Friday it has successfully launched the first in a series of satellites that will form the nucleus of its new Copernicus monitoring system, which is aimed at providing better and quicker information about natural disasters and other catastrophes.
 
 

West plans special court for Kosovo organ harvesting charges

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:06:59 PMGo to full article
By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) - Plans are under way for a European Union-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country's 1998-99 war, officials say. Kosovo's government, led by former guerrilla commander Hashim Thaci, has angrily rejected the accusations as an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) rebels, who won NATO air support in 1999 to drive out Serbian forces. Many entered government after the war, leading Kosovo to independence in 2008. In an interview with Saturday's edition of the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore, Jonathan Moore, director of the U.S. State Department's Office of South-Central European Affairs, said preparations were under way with EU participation for a court based in Kosovo, "but where the best majority of the work is done outside Kosovo".
 

Union protest against unemployment turns violent in Brussels

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:57:07 PMGo to full article
Demonstrator throws garbage towards riot police officers during a European trade unions protest against austerity measures, in central BrusselsProtesters from across Europe clashed with police in Brussels on Friday at a demonstration against high unemployment, throwing stones and smashing windows as they marched from the city center to the European Union district. The protest was called by trade unions to draw attention to youth unemployment and competition from low-wage countries before a European Parliament election at the end of May. Union officials said some 40,000 people joined the march. Police said the protest had been mostly peaceful, but groups had thrown stones and barricades at police near the European Parliament and later near the European Commission headquarters. Two protesters and one police officer were injured.
 
 

PMH to cease cigarette production in Netherlands

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:30:39 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.
 

Ukraine must have real, not cosmetic, constitutional reform: Russia

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:28:50 PMGo to full article
Russia urged Ukraine on Friday to carry out genuine rather than "cosmetic" constitutional reform, pressing Moscow's call for the former Soviet republic to give more power to its regions which have many Russian speakers. Russia argues that constitutional reforms, which Kiev is now undertaking, are happening behind closed doors, without public debate, underlining its fears that the interests of Ukraine's Russian-speaking community will not be taken into account.
 

Czech PM backs aid for coal mine in row with coalition partner

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:29:50 PMGo to full article
Czech Republic's Prime Minister Sobotka speaks during an interview in PragueCzech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Friday the government must act to avoid a social crisis in the northeast of the country, where a planned coal mine closure threatens to put thousands out of work. The center-left government has considered plans to provide 1.1 billion crowns ($54.96 million) in aid to keep a coal mine owned by struggling miner OKD, a unit of New World Resources, in operation until 2016, instead of letting it close at the end of this year as planned by the owner. Sobotka's backing for aid to the region highlights a deepening conflict with the junior coalition partner, the centrist ANO movement of Finance Minister Andrej Babis, who has rejected any government support. NWR has said it would close the Paskov mine near the city of Ostrava, cutting more than 2,000 jobs at the end of this year, unless there is an agreement with the government on continuing operations.
 
 

Kerry: Mideast peace talks not open-ended

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:20:45 PMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar after a U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rabat, Morocco Friday April 4, 2014. In response to a question about the Middle East Peace talks process Kerry said, "Both sides have taken steps that are not helpful…it is reality check time. None of this time has been wasted." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Obama administration will reevaluate its role in foundering Middle East peace talks following negative steps by both Israel and the Palestinians that have brought the negotiations to virtual collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
 
 

Ukraine eyes coal after Russian gas price hike

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:48 PMGo to full article
A gas pipe-line runs through Sevastopol on March 4, 2014Ukraine's Western-backed leaders scrambled on Friday to find new sources of energy after Russia hiked its gas price by 80 percent in response to the overthrow of Kiev's pro-Kremlin regime. The crisis-hit nation saw the amount it must pay for 1,000 cubic metres of blue fuel soar to $485.50 from $268.50 after Russia imposed two price increases in three days that reflected its deep displeasure with the ex-Soviet nation's new westward course. Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan called Russia's new price "political" and vowed to explore solutions that included a heavier reliance on coal -- a polluting source of energy whose consumption has imperilled the air quality of nations such as China. "We are now reviewing our electricity and fuel balance for 2014 with a view of using as much domestic coal as possible at the expense of natural gas," Prodan told a cabinet meeting in comments posted on the government website.
 
 

Kerry: Peace talks not open-ended

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:24:13 PMGo to full article
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will evaluate its role in the Mideast peace process after negative Israeli and Palestinian moves.
 

Europe must not relax in drafting Russia sanctions: UK

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:01:25 PMGo to full article
Europe must not relax in preparing tough economic sanctions for possible use against Russia because Moscow has not reduced tensions over Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Friday. Hague, arriving for a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, said very large numbers of Russian forces remained on Ukraine's eastern border. "We haven't seen real de-escalation by Russia and therefore Europe must not relax in preparing a third tier of sanctions and making sure we continue to have a strong and united response," he said, referring to tough trade and economic measures that the EU has threatened to take against Russia if it moves beyond Crimea into southern and eastern Ukraine.
 

Surging China, stronger Europe boost Mercedes

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:41:09 AMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — Daimler AG says surging demand in China along with a stronger performance in Europe helped propel its luxury Mercedes-Benz brand to record monthly sales figures in March.
 

RBS poaches Credit Suisse banker as finance chief

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:10:22 AMGo to full article
A man uses an ATM at a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland in London on June 14, 2013Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland revealed Friday it has poached Credit Suisse banker Ewen Stevenson, a key advisor in the group's vast bailout, to be chief financial officer. RBS said in a statement that Stevenson, who is currently Credit Suisse's London-based co-head of investment banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa, will join on May 19. Stevenson, 47, was a senior member of the Credit Suisse team advising the British government in 2008 and 2009 on the recapitalisations of both RBS and Lloyds Banking Group.
 
 

German factory orders rise again in February

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:12:15 AMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders rose in February in the latest sign that Europe's largest economy is picking up speed.
 

Asian stocks muted ahead of US jobs report

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:15:48 AMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were little changed Friday after the European Central Bank refrained from further easing of monetary policy and investors looked to the upcoming U.S. jobs report for a new trading cue.
 

Ukraine blames Russian agents for Kiev carnage

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:41:22 AMGo to full article
An anti-government protester sits near the bodies of two demonstrators shot by a sniper during clashes with the police in the center of Kiev on February 20, 2014EU foreign ministers prepared to meet over the Crimea crisis in Athens Friday after Ukraine's Western-backed leaders blamed Russian agents and the country's ousted president for organising the bloodshed during February protests that claimed nearly 90 lives. The explosive allegations were levelled only moments before Russia responded to the new course taken by the ex-Soviet neighbour by hiking the price it must pay for gas shipments to what Ukrainian officials say is the highest rate for any European state. Washington reacted by warning Russia that "a country should not use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion to interfere in Ukraine or elsewhere," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Moscow also lashed out at its old Cold War nemesis NATO for building up the defences of ex-Communist and former Soviet republics that have felt threatened by Russia's recent annexation of Crimea and massive buildup of forces near Ukraine.
 
 

Obama signs law providing Ukraine loan guarantees

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:02:27 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill providing $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine.
 

Ukraine: Yanukovych ordered snipers to shoot

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:56:02 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, Olesya Zhukovska, left, is helped after being shot in her neck by a sniper bullet, in Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine. "I am dying", Olesya Zhukovska, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, wrote on Twitter, minutes after she got shot in the neck by a sniper's bullet as deadly clashes broke out in the center of the Ukrainian capital between protesters and police. The tweet, accompanied by a photo of her clutching her bleeding neck and being led away under fire, went viral, as social media users around the world presumed she had died and shared their grief and anger. Authorities in Ukraine said on Thursday that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Sherbakov, File)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interim authorities on Thursday accused fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people, but they provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kiev that left more than 100 people dead.
 
 

Libya sees 'good intentions' in oil port talks; rebel split seen

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎10:49:51 PMGo to full article
By Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya has seen evidence of "good intentions" at indirect talks with eastern rebels which could lead to the lifting of their blockage of major oil ports within days, a government minister said on Thursday. But in an example of the chaos and shifting alliances typical of the OPEC producer, divisions in the rebel camp became apparent on Thursday when a senior member told Reuters he and seven others had quit the rebels' leadership team in a conflict with top leader Ibrahim Jathran. Any deal will help stabilize the North African country, whose weak government seems unable to control militias who helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but kept their guns and made political demands on the state. "There are good intentions," acting Oil Minister Omar Shakmak told reporters in the eastern city of Benghazi, making clear that the contacts were taking place through tribal leaders who were negotiating with the port rebels.
 

U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:47:38 PMGo to full article
(Pentagon says 800 Marines in Moron, Spain, not 500, paragraph 14.) By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based Africa crisis response force to 975 Marines, sending 175 new troops to a Romanian base near the Black Sea at a time of tensions over Russia's annexation of part of Ukraine. The Marines will be part of a team headquartered in Moron, Spain, and primarily meant for operations in Africa, although they can be sent anywhere, a Pentagon spokesman said. The decision to base the additional Marines in Romania was made last year before the current crisis, he said. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed the department was looking at sending a ship to the Black Sea.
 

Syria plans new commercial airline despite war

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:53 PMGo to full article
A passenger plane taxis at Latakia airport on Syria's northwestern Mediterranean coast on May 15, 2013"We hope to operate our first flights in mid-May," Kinda Airlines chairman Naim al-Jarrah said, adding that the exact timing of the launch hangs on international insurance issues and aircraft testing. Founded three years ago, the Damascus-based Kinda Airlines received a licence in 2013 to fly from the capital and the Mediterranean port city of Latakia to several Arab countries. Jarrah said Aleppo and Qamishli airports, in the north and northeast, were currently up for expansion, "once they receive international insurance deemed necessary by passengers" amid the civil war that has ravaged much of Syria for more than three years. So far, Kinda Airlines has obtained permits to fly to Baghdad, Amman and Kuwait City.
 
 

Syrian media: Mortar fire kills 6 near Damascus

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:48:20 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013, file photo, a man walks past dead bodies in front of a river in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that it has documented 150,344 deaths in the conflict that started in March 2011. The figure includes civilians, rebels, and members of the Syrian military. It also includes militiamen, fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces and foreign fighters battling for Assad’s ouster on the rebels’ side. (AP Photo/Abdullah al-Yassin, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Mortar fire killed at least six people in a suburb of the Syrian capital Thursday, activists and state media said, amid reports that clashes in a coastal province killed a top foreign fighter who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.
 
 

Migrants perched on fence after bid to enter Spain

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:32:22 PMGo to full article
A sub-Saharan migrant sits on top of a pole set in a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Thursday April 3, 2014. Spanish and Moroccan police have thwarted a fresh attempt by dozens of African migrants to try to scale border fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Thousands of sub-Saharan migrants seeking a better life in Europe are living illegally in Morocco and regularly try to enter Melilla in the hope of later making it to mainland Spain. (AP Photo / Santi Palacios)MELILLA, Spain (AP) — Spanish and Moroccan police thwarted a fresh attempt Thursday by at least 100 African migrants to scale border fences and enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. At least 25 migrants, many with bloody bare feet, clung to the tops of fences for hours.
 
 

Benteke out of World Cup with Achilles injury

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:16:44 PMGo to full article
Belgium striker Christian Benteke was ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training with English Premier League team Aston Villa on Thursday.
 

Lithuania says rising number of Russian jets flying too close for comfort

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:12:27 PMGo to full article
The number of Russian jets flying close enough to Baltic airspace this year to prompt NATO jets being scrambled has increased to around once a week, Lithuania said on Thursday, a concern for countries worried about an increasing assertiveness by Moscow. "The number of incidents of NATO jets being scrambled to identify Russian Federation aircraft has increased in January and February this year," minister of defense spokesman Vaidotas Linkus told Reuters by email. NATO jets were scrambled about 40 times in both 2012 and 2013. Denmark is sending six F16 fighter jets to the Baltic as part of an expanded NATO air policing mission to reassure eastern members of the alliance following Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
 

Russia raises gas prices for Ukraine by 80 percent

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:05:29 PMGo to full article
By Svetlana Burmistrova and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia raised the gas price for Ukraine on Thursday for the second time this week, almost doubling it in three days and piling pressure on a neighbor on the brink of bankruptcy in the crisis over Crimea. The increase, announced in Moscow by Russian natural gas producer Gazprom, means Ukraine will pay 80 percent more for its gas than before the initial increase on Monday. Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the latest move, two weeks after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, was unacceptable and warned that he expected Russia to increase pressure on Kiev by limiting supply to his country.
 

Europe safety agency urges airlines to avoid Crimean airspace

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:05:29 PMGo to full article
Europe's aviation safety authority warned on Thursday of "serious risks" for international airlines flying over Crimea because there may be two services managing airspace there after the region's annexation by Russia. The European Aviation Safety Agency said Russia had published a series of notices saying it intended to provide air traffic services within the area controlled by the flight information center at Simferopol, Crimea's main airport. EASA, which is based in Germany, therefore said national aviation authorities in Europe should encourage carriers to avoid the airspace over Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine last month, and use alternative routes.
 

Birds of a feather: hummingbird family tree unveiled

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:49 PMGo to full article
The Buff-tailed Sicklebill, a Hermit hummingbird, is seen with one of the flowers to which they are specializedBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For such small creatures, hummingbirds certainly have racked up an outsized list of unique claims to fame. Researchers constructed the family tree of these nectar-eating birds using genetic information from most of the world's 338 hummingbird species and their closest relatives. They said hummingbirds can be divided into nine groups, with differences in size, habitat, feeding strategy and body shape. The common ancestor to all species in existence today lived about 22 million years ago in South America, several million years after hummingbirds were known to be flourishing in Europe, they said.
 
 

ECB dismisses deflation fears, says ready to act

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:33:20 PMGo to full article
President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi waits for the beginning of a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, April 3, 2014, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. The ECB decided to leave its main interest rate unchanged. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Central Bank on Thursday dismissed fears that consumer prices might fall in the 18-nation eurozone, a situation that would drag down the economy. It stressed, however, that it is ready to counter that threat in new ways if needed.
 
 

Russia recalls military representative in rebuke to NATO

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:29:14 PMGo to full article
By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has recalled its top military representative to NATO for consultations, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, widening the rift between Moscow and the Western alliance over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Russia's action last month has caused the deepest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, leading the West to impose sanctions and stirring fears that President Vladimir Putin has territorial designs beyond Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula with its Russian-majority population. The recall to Moscow of General Valery Yevnevich, a typical form of diplomatic protest, follows a decision by NATO this week to suspend cooperation with Russia in response to its occupation of kraine's Crimea Peninsula.
 

European parliament adopts 'net neutrality' law

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:24:40 PMGo to full article
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Parliament voted Thursday to stop Internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks — a step cheered by consumer groups and startups but bemoaned by the telecommunications industry.
 

Russia to U.S. on Crimea annexation: Accept it and move on

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:48 PMGo to full article
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov looks on at the start of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in GenevaBy Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. policymakers need to calm down, maybe do some yoga and accept that Crimea is now part of Russia, a senior Russian diplomat said on Thursday in unusually caustic remarks directed at Moscow's former Cold War-era adversary. Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last month has deepened the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War ended two decades ago. The West has imposed sanctions on officials and businessmen believed to be close to President Vladimir Putin. Many of those blacklisted have mocked the sanctions, wearing them as a badge of honor, but they have also rankled Moscow, with officials warning the West was only doing damage to itself.
 
 

EU-Africa summit agrees plan to stop migration tragedies

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:08:11 PMGo to full article
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks on the second day of 4th EU-Africa summit on April 3, 2014, at the EU Headquarters in BrusselsEU and African leaders trying to stop migrants from crossing the Mediterranean in perilous conditions unveiled a raft of measures on Thursday designed to boost development and crack down on human trafficking. A huge summit bringing together some 80 leaders from the two continents touched on security, business and climate change, with sideline talks on the violence-hit Central African Republic. After tragic scenes of migrants storming fences in Spain and drownings off the Italian island of Lampedusa, delegates drew up a detailed plan to boost legal immigration while trying to dissuade Africans from trying to reach Europe illegally. "If we concentrate on improving the skills of our people, investing in them, they will not have to come through Lampedusa," said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, head of the African Union Commission.
 
 

World markets lose steam as S&P backs off record

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:56:39 PMGo to full article
People walk past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Asian stock markets pushed higher Wednesday on signs of a pickup in the U.S. economy and expectations of further stimulus in Japan. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 closed at 14,946.32, after gaining 154.33 points, or 1.04 percent. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — World stock markets lost momentum on Thursday as the S&P index in the U.S. backed off its record highs and the European Central Bank opted against loosening its monetary policies further.
 
 

Moscow calls on Ukraine to pay down its gas debt

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:41:17 PMGo to full article
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, meets with Gazprom's Chief Executive Alexei Miller in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Russian gas giant Gazprom on Thursday urged Ukraine to pay its debt, and announced a 70 percent rise in the charge for future supplies. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Government Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is tightening its economic screws on Ukraine, ordering Thursday a further increase in the price of gas it sells to the country and asking that past bills — which are growing by the day — be paid.
 

 

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Body of missing Briton found on beach in Spain

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:59:46 PM | Press AssociationGo to full article
Francis Brennan from Liverpool fled the UK ahead of a sentencing date last October for an assault committed in 2012

The body of a Briton who was thought to have been kidnapped has been found on a beach in Spain.

Francis Brennan, 25, from Anfield, Liverpool, was last seen in Alicante on 24 January when he was stopped in a friend's car by several men who posed as police officers. His body was found in the Le Zenia area of Alicante on Saturday and was formally identified by the Spanish authorities on Thursday.

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Scottish politician Margo MacDonald dies aged 70

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:25:06 PM | Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondentGo to full article
Tributes from political and public spectrum paid to Independent MSP who had Parkinson's disease

A flood of tributes from across the political and public spectrum have been paid to the Scottish politician Margo MacDonald, who died on Friday aged 70 after a long, public struggle with Parkinson's disease.

One of Scotland's most respected and best-known political figures, MacDonald had served in the Commons and Scottish parliament during a career that spanned 40 years.

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Dismembered body found in London lake sparks murder investigation

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:57 PM | Press AssociationGo to full article
Police were called after members of the public saw a leg floating in water at White Hart Lakes in Dagenham, east London

A murder investigation has been launched after a man's dismembered body was found in a lake in London.

Detectives believe they have found missing 39-year-old Neill Buchel, who disappeared from Braintree Road, Dagenham, east London, on 13 March.

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Tower Hamlets: Pickles sends in inspectors but what will the voters think?

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:32:00 PM | Dave HillGo to full article
The communities secretary's move to investigate Lutfur Rahman's administration might not shift the political landscape in the way the East End mayor's opponents hope

To just about no one's surprise communities secretary Eric Pickles has commissioned an inspection of Tower Hamlets council following Monday's BBC Panorama's investigation of its mayor Lutfur Rahman. Auditors from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have already gone into the town hall to start going through the books. They have been asked to "look into allegations of governance failure, poor financial management and fraud."

In a letter to the council, the communities department advises that "certain material is also being passed to the police for their consideration." The council says it welcomes the opportunity to "demonstrate that council processes have been run appropriately and to date we have seen no evidence to suggest otherwise." PwC is to hand Pickles its findings by 30 June.

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Maria Miller's expenses claims referred to police by Labour MP

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:19:15 PM | Nicholas Watt and Rajeev SyalGo to full article
Culture secretary under pressure as correspondence showing how she resisted investigation into mortgage claims is reissued

Maria Miller is facing growing political pressure after a Labour MP referred her to the police and the parliamentary committee which examined her expenses reissued correspondence which showed how she attempted to fight off an investigation by the standards watchdog.

As Nigel Farage accused David Cameron of a disastrous error of judgment in supporting the culture secretary, the prime minister called on the press to leave the matter alone.

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Hacking trial: 'No record' of bags allegedly containing Brooks's 'porn'

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:35:55 PM | Lisa O'CarrollGo to full article
News International worker tells court she took possession of black bin bags at company HQ but did not make record of them

The News International security worker who took possession of the black bin bags allegedly containing Charlie Brooks' porn and computer, did not make a record of the deposit, the Old Bailey has heard.

 

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What's it like to be hit by a water cannon? video

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:34:00 PM | Guy Grandjean and Robert BoothGo to full article
Following the 2011 riots, London mayor Boris Johnson wants the Metropolitan police to have at least three units that could use water cannon. Critics argue water cannon are too brutal and militaristic. Here Robert Booth goes to a military training ground in Belgium to participate in a police training exercise that uses water cannon to disperse large crowds

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Water cannon: a shocking device that could transform British policing

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:04:31 PM | Robert Booth in BrusselsGo to full article
They are controversial and pose health risks, yet the Met commissioner wants them. Should they be introduced?

The cold jet from the water cannon slammed into the back of my head, tipping me off balance and sending adrenaline pumping around my body. This was the Ziegler WaWe 9000 in action: a German-built 30-tonne riot-tamer that can blast its targets with up to 18 litres of water a second and toss demonstrators like rag dolls. It is the kind of weapon that the home secretary, Theresa May, is now deciding whether to introduce to English and Welsh streets.

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Man jailed for shaking and killing partner's child

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:33:52 PM | Press AssociationGo to full article
Craig Lewis was sentenced at Birmingham crown court after admitted inflicting GBH on 22-month-old Kieron Barley

A man has been jailed for eight years after shaking and killing his partner's child in a fit of temper.

Craig Lewis, 32, had already admitted manslaughter and inflicting grievous bodily harm on 22-month-old Kieron Barley causing him catastrophic brain injuries at the family home in 2011.

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Dog attack that killed six-day-old baby is judged accident by coroner

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:32:30 PM | Steven Morris and agencyGo to full article
Court heard that two family dogs, a terrier and a malamute, were put down within weeks of the attack in south Wales in February

 

A sleeping six-day-old baby was killed when she was snatched from her pram by her family's pet dog, an inquest has heard. Eliza-Mae Mullane was left alone in her pram for a few moments when her mother took one of her other children to the front door for the school run, the inquest was told.

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Cameron praises engineers' herculean effort to repair Dawlish train line

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:48:50 PM | Steven MorrisGo to full article
Prime minister pays tribute to 'orange army' who fixed damaged line and declares south-west open for business

 

 

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African Christians will be killed if C of E accepts gay marriage, says Justin Welby

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:33:39 PM | Andrew BrownGo to full article
Archbishop says he has seen mass grave of Christians killed by neighbours who said they feared being 'made to become gay'

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts gay marriage, the archbishop of Canterbury has suggested. Speaking on an LBC phone in, Justin Welby said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been massacred by neighbours who had justified the atrocity by saying: "If we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians."

"I have stood by gravesides in Africa of a group of Christians who had been attacked because of something that had happened in America. We have to listen to that. We have to be aware of the fact," Welby said. If the Church of England celebrated gay marriages, he added, "the impact of that on Christians far from here, in South Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria and other places would be absolutely catastrophic. Everything we say here goes round the world."

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From smog clouds to sad faces: 10 things we learned this week

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:07:45 PM | Guardian staffGo to full article
It's been a bad week for Hollande, two Lib Dems and windfarms, and a good week for Obama, fruit and veg sellers and whales
Catch up on 10 things we learned last week

Much was made of the Saharan dust contributing to the smoggy atmosphere in parts of the country, but most experts agree that it's good old-fashioned pollution, combined with particular weather conditions, that is behind the current poor air conditions. Joggers were told not to jog, some schools kept children in at playtime, and people with underlying respiratory conditions were warned of the effects of the smog.

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Badgers should be gassed, says Princess Anne

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:45:00 PM | Matthew WeaverGo to full article
Royal intervenes in badger cull debate advocating gassing of infected animals to curb bovine TB a practice illegal since 1982

 

 

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Metropolitan police operate target-driven culture of fear, say officers

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:21:35 PM | Peter WalkerGo to full article
Metropolitan Police Federation report claims quotas for arrests and stop and search are unrealistic and demoralising

The Metropolitan police operate a target-driven "culture of fear" that pressures officers to meet arbitrary and unrealistic quotas for arrests and searches, damaging morale and encouraging unethical behaviour, according to the organisation representing serving officers.

The report by the Metropolitan Police Federation, based on email evidence from about 250 officers, said police felt "almost continually under threat of being blamed and subsequently punished for failing to hit targets", arguing that this culture risked wasting time and harming overall police work.

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Dawlish rail line reopens in time for Easter after storm damage repaired

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:02:19 AM | Press AssociationGo to full article
David Cameron says south-west England 'back open for business' after damage that cost local economy £20m a day

David Cameron has hailed the reopening of the storm-wrecked railway line at Dawlish in Devon on Friday as a great day.

After weeks of work by a 300-strong team, Network Rail (NR) has been able to restore the badly damaged line, which had cut off rail services to the south-west of England. Businesses in Devon and Cornwall have estimated that the line's closure was costing the regional economy £20m a day.

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Goodbye Gertrude, hello Lexi: UK birth records show end of certain baby names

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:51:44 AM | Press AssociationGo to full article
Old-fashioned forenames such as Blodwen and Cecil are now obscure, while other names have evolved to shorter form

Names including Gertrude, Bertha, Willie and Cecil are at risk of dying out, while others such as Cyril and Mildred are becoming less popular, a new study has revealed.

An analysis of millions of birth records from 1905 revealed that some forenames have virtually disappeared, with many others being increasingly ignored.








 

Ed Balls says that the average British family is £974 worse off than in 2010

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:00:00 PM | Nicholas Watt and Rowena MasonGo to full article
Coalition is taking far more than it gives, says shadow chancellor as the Tory rise in personal tax allowance to £10,000 starts

Ed Balls tried on Thursday night to spike the coalition's guns on the eve of the increase in the personal tax allowance to £10,000 by releasing figures showing that the average family will be worse off by £974 a year by the time of next year's election.

As David Cameron hailed Britain's recovery from a "long, deep and difficult recession", the shadow chancellor accused the coalition of compounding the financial pressure on people with tax changes which have involved "giving with one hand but taking away much more with the other".








 

Mighty Mercia | @guardianletters

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:03 PM | Guardian StaffGo to full article
We agree with every word written by Robert Shore (Let's hear it for the Midlands, G2, 26 March), especially the claim that the "Mercian supremacy" laid the foundations for a "unified" England. To remind the sceptical: Mercia was once so important in the continental context that London was perhaps seen as its sea port.

We have constructed a walking/ studying Mercia project to cross Mercia on foot, constructing a modern walkers' Spaghetti Junction with the existing Mercian Trail in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Our routes use towpaths (canals represent the Mercian contribution to the industrial revolution) to link Wessex from the Thames Path to the Pictish/Scottish kingdoms via the Pennine Way. Our "low speed 1" could be constructed at a fraction of the cost of HS2. Studying follows walking: exploring the evolution of the Mercian landscape, places and language. Mercian explorers are welcome to contact us by email at mercia.project@yahoo.co.uk.
Christopher Gowers, Malcolm Southan
Oxford (Outer Mercia)

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Debate is needed on the asylum rules | @guardianletters

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:03 PM | Guardian StaffGo to full article
The failed asylum claim by Yashika Bageerathi and her family and the deportation of the 19-year-old back to Mauritius exposes the inflexibility of our immigration and asylum system (Report, 3 April). Especially at a time of heightened rhetoric and the public demonisation of immigrants who come to the UK, there is little scope for discretion. The definition of a refugee is an artificial construct developed to deal with displaced persons in Europe after the second world war. It was also a cold war tool, elevating issues likely to advantage those fleeing political oppression, while ignoring equally valid but differing claims of economic harm. To come within the definition, you need to flee state persecution because of your "race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion (the definition has been expanded to include your sex or sexual orientation). It does not take heed of those facing starvation nor, as in the case of Yashika, the threat of violence from a family member. Those claimants are destined to become "failed asylum seekers" or "economic migrants".

Yashika's case is not exceptional. The family would have been expected to have moved to another area, or to have looked for protection from the state. Far more difficult claims for asylum are refused on a regular basis. Her excellent school results and the potential for her to become an asset to the UK are not relevant to the decision. There are many unaccompanied minors who are similarly deported upon their 18th birthdays, regardless of the reception they will face upon return. Hopefully this difficult case and the outcry it has caused will start a debate about the system as a whole: about who should be allowed to stay and about whether there should be discretion in these cases.
Dana Carlin
London

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UK smog: David Cameron accused of misunderstanding air pollution crisis

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:21:21 PM | Rowena Mason and Josh HallidayGo to full article
European commission spokesman says PM's remarks that conditions are due to Saharan dust are 'more than disappointing'

David Cameron has come under withering attack from the European Commission, accused of failing to get to grips with the levels of air pollution in Britain after he labelled the smog afflicting parts of the country a "naturally occurring weather phenomenon".

As ambulance services in London reported a 14% spike in 999 calls due to breathing problems and forecasters predicted the poor conditions would subside by the weekend, Cameron urged people to take heed of warnings from the Met Office and public health officials. "It is unpleasant, and you can feel it in the air I didn't go for my morning run. I chose to do some work instead. You can feel it.


 
 

Heavy drinkers to be considered for NHS liver transplants

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:14:52 PM | James MeikleGo to full article
Patients with severe alcohol-related liver disease will receive transplants for first time under pilot scheme

People with a severe drink-related liver disease are to be considered for transplant for the first time, reopening the debate over whether people who are thought to bring ill health on themselves deserve expensive treatment.

The decision by the NHS's blood and transplant service (NHSBT) comes at a time when there is a national shortage of suitable organs, and amid concerns that donors would be reluctant to support schemes of this nature.


 
 

Queen arrives in Vatican with gifts fit for a pope

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:24:49 PM | Lizzy Davies in Vatican City<strong> </strong>Go to full article
British monarch in first meeting with Pope Francis offers gifts including honey 'from her garden' and Scotch whisky

What do you give the pope who wants for nothing? Who rejects materialism, lives in a guesthouse and likes to be driven in second-hand cars? Twelve eggs and some honey, that's what and, if you're feeling daring, a bottle of whisky as well.

Of course, these weren't just any eggs they were the produce of Windsor's finest and the honey, Pope Francis was given to understand, was "from my garden", the garden, that is, of Buckingham Palace.

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Law graduate falsely accused boyfriend of rape and assault as excuse, jury told

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:37:22 PM | Steven Morris and agencyGo to full article
Rhiannon Brooker made allegations against Paul Fensome because she was doing badly in barrister training, it is claimed

A law graduate falsely accused her boyfriend of rape and assault as an excuse for doing poorly in her barrister training, a jury has been told.

The untrue allegations made by Rhiannon Brooker meant that her boyfriend, Paul Fensome, was arrested, charged and held in prison for 30 days, it is claimed.

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Yarl's Wood death: family and fellow detainees tell of shock and despair

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:09:16 PM | Diane TaylorGo to full article
Women at immigration removal centre plan memorial service for Christine Case, who collapsed and died last Sunday

The white daffodils in the yard at Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire are in full bloom. On Sunday, exactly one week after the death of 40-year-old Christine Case at the centre, female detainees plan to cut them and take them along to a special memorial service they have organised for their friend. The women are preparing songs, poems and other tributes to mark Case's sudden death, which has left them all in shock.

Just after 7.30am last Sunday Case's roommate raised the alarm. Something was clearly wrong with her as she staggered across the room. Staff from Serco, the private contractor that runs the centre, attended.

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Queen meets Pope Francis for first time at Vatican

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:37:10 PM | Lizzy Davies in RomeGo to full article
Several minutes late after lunch with Italian president, the Queen presents pontiff with a hamper of British food

The Queen has met Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican, presenting the famously plain-living pontiff with a hamper of British food including honey, cox's apple juice and 12 eggs from the crown estate.

Wearing lilac instead of the black that is usually considered de rigueur when meeting the pope, the Queen was received not in the apostolic palace but in a small papal studio. She appeared relaxed and at ease with the 77-year-old pontiff, arriving with the Duke of Edinburgh for the brief meeting, which lasted under 20 minutes.








 

David Cameron accused of playing down role of pollution in UK smog

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:24:26 PM | Rowena Mason, political correspondentGo to full article
PM is criticised after saying smog is a naturally occurring phenomenon, while Boris Johnson says it seems 'perfectly fine'

David Cameron has been accused of trying to hide the role of pollution in causing the severe smog affecting parts of the UK after he blamed the problem solely on Saharan dust, while the London mayor, Boris Johnson, said the air seemed "perfectly fine" to him.

Some ministers are claiming there is little they can do about the poor air quality, with Cameron insisting the smog is just "a naturally occurring weather phenomenon".


 
 

Met found liable for damages over cyclist struck by police car

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:38:34 PM | James MeikleGo to full article
Ex-Guardian journalist Donald MacLeod was left brain-damaged after he was hit by police car driven at 'excessive speed'

The former Guardian journalist Donald MacLeod, who was left brain-damaged after he was hit by a police car that was answering a 999 call while he was cycling home, has won a high court claim that the Metropolitan police are liable for damages.

MacLeod was in a coma for weeks and needs 24-hour care following the accident in north London four years ago. His family's solicitor says they will oppose any possible appeal and will now prepare a claim for damages.








 

Mark Hanna denies 'secretly moving stuff' to conceal material from police

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:54:16 PM | Lisa O'CarrollGo to full article
News International security chief says he did not invent a cover story for Charlie Brooks and would not break the law for anyone

The head of News International security accused of hiding potential evidence in the case against Rebekah Brooks has denied he "secretly moved stuff" around the country as part of a premeditated plot to conceal material from the police.

 








 

UK air pollution: ambulance services report spike in 999 calls

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:43:00 PM | Josh HallidayGo to full article
Government helpline advises people to avoid exertion in areas of high pollution as experts warn smog will stay until weekend

Ambulance services are reporting a spike in 999 calls thought to be related to the record levels of air pollution lingering over large parts of Britain as experts warned that conditions would not improve until the weekend.

A government helpline advised people to avoid physical exertion in areas of very high air pollution, with the worst-affected areas in the south-east of England and East Anglia.







 

 

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Vatican announces inquiry into Cardinal Keith O'Brien sexual misconduct claims

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:44:23 PM | Simon JohnsonGo to full article
The Pope appoints Bishop Charles Scicluna to investigate allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour that prompted Cardinal O'Brien's resignation.
 
    






 

Tributes paid to Margo MacDonald after she dies aged 70

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:35:23 PM | Simon JohnsonGo to full article
Jim Sillars, the prominent Scottish nationalist's husband, says her death has robbed Scotland of one of its brightest lights.
 
    






 

Why has no Thatcher or Reagan emerged for our troubled times?

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:26:15 PM | Charles MooreGo to full article
A year after the Iron Lady's death, leaders appear to have learnt little from her legacy, believes Charles Moore
 
    






 

Teenage tennis ace sues LTA for 'race discrimination'

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:46:24 PM | James EdgarGo to full article
Isaac Stoute, 17, who has a black father and a white mother, is taking action against the Lawn Tennis Association
 
    






 

Russian ambassadors 'joked about annexing Scotland'

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:44:41 PM | Roland OliphantGo to full article
A leaked recording purporting to be of envoys joking about adding Scotland, Alaska and Venice to Russia's conquest of Crimea is the latest salvo in the war of dirty tricks over Ukraine
 
    






 

The tragic tale behind the Second World War's silver shipwreck

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:19:29 PM | Jasper CoppingGo to full article
As the Royal Mint announces it is casting a collection of coins from bullion recovered from a Second World War shipwreck, the tragic tale behind its sinking emerges
 
    






 

Grand National: Dame Judi opts for Shakalakaboomboom

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:57:21 PM | Miranda PrynneGo to full article
Dame Judi Dench bases her prediction on the horse's name as celebrities give their thoughts on who is going to win the Grand National this year
 
    






 

Nigel Farage: Maureen Lipman to blame for too many people with degrees

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:34 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
The Ukip leader says that too many young people have chosen university over trades because of the star's well-known 1980s BT television advert where she told her grandson that having an 'ology' made him a scientist
 
    
 

Couple's dream kitchen mistaken for rubbish after fitters leave it outside house

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:02:16 PM | Keith Perry and AgenciesGo to full article
Julie Martin and partner Kevin McKeith were horrified when they realised their bespoke kitchen units had been taken away by binmen
 
    






 

Could you commentate on the Grand National?

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:00:07 PM | Sarah RaineyGo to full article
Commentating on the Grand National is no easy feat, says Channel 4's Simon Holt, as he gives Sarah Rainey a lesson in race-calling at Aintree
 
    






 

The Prince and Princess of Wales' 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:39:58 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
The Prince and Princess of Wales' 1983 tour of Australia and NZ
 
    






 

Sketch: Phone Farage (and get an earful)

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:35 PM | Michael DeaconGo to full article
Ukip's leader Nigel Farage answers Telegraph readers' questions in Phone Farage - and gives his views on Maria Miller, drugs, and why fewer people should do degrees
 
    






 

'Esso tiger' saved from death by wildlife park

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:42 PM | Keith Perry and AgencyGo to full article
Eighteen-year-old Tango had been earmarked for destruction in Belgium along with his partner Julia after the two tigers were seized from a German circus last year where they were mistreated
 
    






 

Nigel Farage: I have never taken drugs but they should be legal

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:29:51 PM | Georgia GrahamGo to full article
The Ukip leader says he has never taken drugs himself but that he believes the 'time has come' for legalising 'certain drugs'
 
    






 

Eddie Izzard cites Braveheart and Andy Murray as he begs: 'Scotland, please don't go'

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:20:00 PM | Auslan CrambGo to full article
"When I watched Braveheart I was in tears and I was rooting for the Scottish people" - Eddie Izzard makes case against Scottish independence
 
    






 

Energy minister vows to curb the spread of solar farms

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:23 PM | Emily GosdenGo to full article
Solar farms must not become "the new onshore wind", Greg Barker, the energy minister has said
 
    






 

Women lose 'two inches' when they become a mum

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:39 PM | Sally BiddallGo to full article
Women lose two inches when they become a mum, but it's not from where you might think, according to a new study
 
    






 

Inheritance tax take to reach 1970s level

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:55 PM | Richard DysonGo to full article
Families will pay more death duties by 2018 than at any point since the high-tax era of the 1970s, the respected IFS has calculated
 
    






 

Top boys' school to take girls for first time in 500 years

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:39 PM | Graeme PatonGo to full article
Nottingham High School - alma mater of D. H. Lawrence - becomes the latest in a long line of boys' schools to accept girls following warnings that single-sex education may be dying out
 
    






 

Prince Harry goes back to the playground

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:13:10 PM | James EdgarGo to full article
Harry strikes poses, pulls faces and clearly has fun as he visits the Olympic Park on the eve of its opening
 
    






 

Senior David Cameron aide 'threatened' Daily Telegraph over Maria Miller expenses

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:41 PM | Peter DominiczakGo to full article
Tony Gallagher, the former editor of The Daily Telegraph, says that Craig Oliver implied that the paper's original story about Maria Miller would be "badly timed" because of her role responding to the Leveson inquiry
 
    






 

Phone Nigel Farage: highlights from the programme

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:03:42 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
Fresh from his debate with Nick Clegg, Ukip leader Nigel Farage takes part in a live phone-in for Telegraph readers. Watch the highlights here
 
    






 

Prince Harry and Boris play in the park

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:01:37 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
Prince Harry and Boris Johnson play around in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ahead of its official opening on Saturday
 
    
 

Nigel Farage: David Cameron should ask Maria Miller to resign

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:52 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
Nigel Farage says the Prime Minister has made a "disastrous error of judgement" by backing his Culture Secretary over her expense claims
 
    






 

David Cameron claims MPs did not have 'casting vote' over Maria Miller expenses

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:19:13 PM | Peter DominiczakGo to full article
The Prime Minister is facing heavy criticism for letting the Culture Secretary "off the hook" and claiming that MPs did not have the 'casting vote' over whether to punish her
 
    






 

All aboard as Dawlish's storm-damaged railway reopens

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:18:21 PM | Harry WallopGo to full article
The station which became a symbol for the damage wreaked by the storms has re-opened with eccentrically British fanfare, Harry Wallop reports
 
    






 

Warning over baby slings after five-week-old suffocates

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:47:35 PM | Miranda PrynneGo to full article
A 36-day-old baby boy died after suffocating in a sling prompting calls for warnings about the possible dangers of the carriers
 
    






 

New universities to be built in county towns and coastal resorts

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:46:17 PM | Graeme PatonGo to full article
David Willetts, the Universities Minister, unveils plans to create new university campuses in areas identified as higher education "cold spots" such as Shrewsbury
 
    






 

David Cameron supports Maria Miller's apology

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:40:50 PM | Telegraph StaffGo to full article
Prime Minister David Cameron says Culture Secretary Maria Miller accepted she had made mistakes and apologised "unreservedly" to the House of Commons, and now the matter should be "left there"
 
    






 

Staff at £188 million Library of Birmingham unable to reach the books

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:45 PM | Rupert HawksleyGo to full article
Staff at the £188 million Library of Birmingham unable to reach books on higher shelves
 
    
 

Saharan dust: smog to subside as Atlantic winds bring fresh air

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎01:09:47 PM | Miranda PrynneGo to full article
Atlantic winds are bringing fresh air from the south west, clearing the Saharan dust which has polluted much of the air over Britain this week
 
    
 

Royal Mint to cast coins from bullion recovered after 70 years on ocean floor

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:59:16 PM | Miranda PrynneGo to full article
The Royal Mint is to cast a collection of silver coins using bullion which was lost for more than 70 years after the ship transporting it to Britain was sunk by a German U-boat
 
    






 

Olivia Colman to star in musical film about Ipswich prostitute murders

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:06 PM | Anita SinghGo to full article
London Road, the hit National Theatre musical about the killing of five prostitutes in Ipswich, is being made into a film with Olivia Colman
 
    






 

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Far-right youth movement defies EU

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:51:21 PMGo to full article
Far-right parties unite to woo Europe's youth
 

VIDEO: Violent clashes at Brussels protest

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎05:23:30 PMGo to full article
Protesters clash with police in Brussels during an anti-austerity rally in the city.
 

Old campaigners bid for Ukraine's top job

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:23:48 PMGo to full article
Ukraine rivals set off on presidential election race
 

McDonald's closes Crimea restaurants

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:16:58 PMGo to full article
McDonald's has suspended work at its three Crimean restaurants due to "operational reasons", the company has said.
 

Italian PM 'on TV five hours a day'

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:03:32 PMGo to full article
Italian PM Matteo Renzi's recent media blitz means he appears on TV for nearly five hours a day.
 

Clashes at Brussels march for jobs

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:03:21 PMGo to full article
Clashes erupt near EU headquarters in Brussels as anti-austerity protesters confront police - Chris Morris reports.
 

VIDEO: Assange's support for European internet

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:43:41 PMGo to full article
In a rare interview, Julian Assange - founder the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks - speaks to the BBC's technology programme Click.
 

VIDEO: Prince Harry visits Olympic park

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:56:58 PMGo to full article
Prince Harry has visited London's newest park in the heart of the former Olympic site.
 

Mirren to star in stolen art film

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:31:38 PMGo to full article
Helen Mirren will play Jewish WWII survivor Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government over Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family, in the film Woman in Gold.
 

Rabies from Mali kills man in France

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:20:47 PMGo to full article
A man dies from rabies in a Paris region hospital after returning from Mali, in an extremely rare case for France.
 

Schumacher has 'conscious moments'

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:34 PMGo to full article
F1 champion Michael Schumacher has shown "moments of consciousness" after months in a coma, his agent says.
 

Orban's hold on Hungarian voters

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:31:07 PMGo to full article
Why the opposition cannot shake Orban's hold
 

Erdogan criticises Twitter ruling

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎12:08:15 PMGo to full article
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticises a ruling by the constitutional court which lifted a controversial ban on Twitter.
 

New French cabinet under Valls meets

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:16:39 AMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande chairs the first meeting of his new cabinet, led by ex-interior minister Manuel Valls and including the president's ex-partner.
 

Darth Vader 'out' of Ukraine election

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Ukrainian officials reject a bid from a man calling himself Darth Vader to run in the presidential election.
 

Rare 'goat-sheep' born on Irish farm

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎09:58:32 AMGo to full article
A rare, hybrid animal that is part goat and part sheep has been born on a farm in the Republic of Ireland.
 

VIDEO: Tobacco smuggling Gibraltar border row

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:37:59 AMGo to full article
The difference in the price of tobacco is fuelling an illegal trade of smuggling from Gibraltar to Spain that appears to be increasing rapidly.
 

The cult French novel that inspired Game of Thrones

 
‎04 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎02:12:24 AMGo to full article
The obscure French novel that inspired Game of Thrones
 

VIDEO: Clean getaway for European satellite

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:50:05 PMGo to full article
The biggest civil Earth-observation programme ever conceived has begun with the launch of a radar satellite from French Guiana.
 

EU launches flagship space project

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:30:11 PMGo to full article
The European Union begins the roll-out of its multi-billion-euro series of Earth-observation satellites called Sentinels.
 

Russia: Ukrainians 'planned terror'

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:05:17 PMGo to full article
Russia's Federal Security Service detains 25 Ukrainians it accuses of planning terrorist attacks around last month's Crimean referendum.
 

PM: Clegg and Farage 'EU extremists'

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎11:03:54 PMGo to full article
David Cameron says the problem with the EU debate was that his deputy Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage both have "extreme" views.
 

Turkey's Twitter block 'lifted'

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎08:42:55 PMGo to full article
Users storm the network after Turkey lifts a two-week ban
 

Turkish officials 'lift Twitter ban'

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎07:06:34 PMGo to full article
The Turkish authorities lift a much-criticised ban on Twitter following a ruling by the constitutional court.
 

Nato's Europe plans alarm Russia

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:38:36 PMGo to full article
Moscow is pressing Nato to explain its plans to enhance its military presence in Eastern Europe, following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
 

'Police snipers' shot Kiev activists

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:28 PMGo to full article
Ukraine's special police were behind the killings of dozens of anti-government protesters in Kiev in February, an initial government inquiry finds.
 

First German woman submarine officer

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:48:15 PMGo to full article
The German Navy has recently appointed its first female submarine officer.
 

ECB keeps interest rates on hold

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:40:09 PMGo to full article
The European Central Bank keeps its benchmark interest rate at the historic low of 0.25% and raises its growth forecast for the eurozone.
 

What we know about the Kiev snipers

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:09:25 PMGo to full article
What we know about the snipers who spread terror in Kiev
 

MEPs vote for net neutrality law

 
‎03 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎03:28:19 PMGo to full article
The European Parliament has voted to restrict internet providers from being able to charge data-hungry services for the fast delivery of their material.
 
 

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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study
 

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Are we now IN the Age of Apostasy?
 
Indicators of Decline
• Church Attendance: Church attendance in Eng­land as a percentage of the population (both Protestant and Catholics are included in these figures):
1970 13.3%
1980 11.1%
1990 9.4%
2000 7.2%
2010 5.3%
• Decline in Biblical Literacy: In England, The Portsmouth News, 13 April 2001, asked 50 members of church clergy about their congregation’s beliefs: 48% “Did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus” and 60% “believed that the spirit of Easter had been lost in favour of bunnies and Easter eggs.”
Cause for this Decline?
We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

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Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

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Like The gods We Worship - Chuck Missler

 

In this segment, Chuck Missler discusses how

we become like the gods we worship.

This segment comes from The Northern Kingdom Commentary published ...

 


 

"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.

 

 

 

 

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