Violent Clashes Escalate In Ukraine
Violent Clashes Escalate In Ukraine
Turkish Intelligence Helped Ship Arms to Syrian Islamist Rebel Areas
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Ukraine's political crisis escalated sharply Tuesday and police have moved in to clear the sprawling protest tent camp of anti-government demonstrators in Kiev's Independence Square. At least nine people were killed and scores injured in the ongoing violent, often fiery battles between protesters and police. Riot police advanced toward protesters using a water cannon and stun grenades after shutting down nearby subway stations. Thousands of protesters had filled Independence Square earlier in the day, sensing that Ukraine's political crisis was reaching a critical turning point.
Turkey's state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters. The witness testimony contradicts Turkey's denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member. Syria and some of Turkey's Western allies say Turkey, in its haste to see President Bashar al-Assad toppled, let fighters and arms over the border, some of whom went on to join the Islamic State militant group which has carved a self-declared caliphate out of parts of Syria and Iraq.
A Polish court on Friday said that it has requested legal help from the United States as it decides whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex crime conviction and that the United States has until Aug. 8 to reply. Judge Dariusz Mazur announced the deadline at a district court in the southern city of Krakow. The Oscar-winning filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles.
A Polish court on Friday said that it has requested legal help from the United States as it decides whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex crime conviction. The Polish court says the United States has until August 8 to reply. The Oscar-winning filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. Polanski served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain. He fled the United States the following year.
The European Union has dropped plans to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility. The proposals were put on the back burner following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal,. Documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network Europe show that drafts of EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals.
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