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    Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 22 Feb 2017
    Feb22

    Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Wednesday 22 Feb 2017

    IS bomber was British Guantanamo detainee A suicide bomber who attacked coalition forces near Mosul, Iraq, on Monday has been identified by his family as a Mancunian former Guantanamo detainee. Jamal al-Harith, born Ronald Fiddler, was paid £1m compensation by the British government when he was released from the US camp in 2004. He was 50...

    Dutch lower house backs EU-Ukraine agreement
    Feb22

    Dutch lower house backs EU-Ukraine agreement

    The lower house of Dutch parliament on Tuesday evening backed the amended EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, after it was rejected by Dutch citizens last year in a non-binding referendum, local media reported. The move was expected after most MPs indicated in December that adding a legally binding declaration that ensures the deal is not a...

    Dutch Labor exits stage left
    Feb22

    Dutch Labor exits stage left

    GRONINGEN, Netherlands — Set aside, for the moment, the surging far-right leader Geert Wilders or the incumbent, liberal Mark Rutte fighting to hold on to the prime ministership. The other big story of the Dutch election next month is the collapse of the mainstream left. It goes a long way to explain why this country’s politics...

    Ukraine ceasefire ‘doesn’t look too good’: OSCE head
    Feb22

    Ukraine ceasefire ‘doesn’t look too good’: OSCE head

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of the OSCE said on Tuesday that a ceasefire in Ukraine was not looking “too good” and confirmation of the agreed removal of heavy artillery would have to wait until at least Wednesday. …read more Source:...

    Austrian court backs extradition of Ukraine businessman Firtash to U.S.
    Feb22

    Austrian court backs extradition of Ukraine businessman Firtash to U.S.

    VIENNA (Reuters) – An Austrian court approved on Tuesday the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the U.S. request was politically motivated. …read more Source:...

    Ukraine tycoon Firtash faces US justice over bribery claims
    Feb21

    Ukraine tycoon Firtash faces US justice over bribery claims

    An Austrian court has cleared the way for Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to be extradited to the United States to face bribery allegations. …read more Source:...

    Ukraine Blocks UN Statement on Churkin
    Feb21

    Ukraine Blocks UN Statement on Churkin

    Ukraine’s decision to block the adoption by the UN Security Council of a statement dedicated to late Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin is “beyond good and evil,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a joint press conference with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstroem following their meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, February...

    Ukrainian MP plans to travel to Washington to push peace plan
    Feb21

    Ukrainian MP plans to travel to Washington to push peace plan

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Ukrainian lawmaker who proposed an alternative plan for peace with Russian-backed separatists to U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration told Reuters on Tuesday he plans to travel to Washington to present the proposal publicly. …read more Source:...

    Austrian court sends Ukrainian oligarch to U.S.
    Feb21

    Austrian court sends Ukrainian oligarch to U.S.

    An Austrian appellate court on Tuesday approved the extradition of Dymitro Firtash, a politically-connected Ukrainian oligarch, to the United States where he has been charged with bribery and other crimes. A lower court had blocked Firtash’s extradition two years ago, ruling that the request by the U.S. Justice Department was...

    Thaci to Russia: See beyond Serbia’s interests and recognize Kosovo
    Feb21

    Thaci to Russia: See beyond Serbia’s interests and recognize Kosovo

    Hashim Thaci has asked Moscow to see beyond Serbia’s interests when it considers its “relations with Kosovo” and – “not to compare them with Crimea.” According to Tanjug, this has been reported on Monday by the public broadcaster in Kosovo, RTK. “Russia should recognize Kosovo and in that way ease the burden that Serbia carries,” […]...

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