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Russia's Internet monitoring agency has blocked 13 Internet pages linked to the Ukraine protest movement that helped oust the country's Russia-leaning president last week.Roskomnadzor,Russia's Internet monitoring agency, said in a statement published online on Monday that it had been ordered by the general prosecutor's office to shut down pages on Russia's leading social media website, VKontakte. The agency said the groups "propagandized the activity of Ukrainian nationalist groups," and accused them of encouraging "terrorist activity" and "participation in unsanctioned mass actions."The largest pro-demonstration group, which has more than 500,000 members, was not accessibleto users on Russian territory on Monday.While much of Russian media is state-controlled, the Internet has, so far remained largely free from censorship and has provided an active forum for anti-government criticism in country.Associated Press.

Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no'

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Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no'

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region said on Friday he would defy Madrid to hold a non-binding independence vote in less than two months, saying his people deserved the same ri...


EU relief at Scotland's "no" tinged with fear of nationalism

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EU relief at Scotland's "no" tinged with fear of nationalism

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separ...

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

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German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Muslims condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer on Friday and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and...

Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish "no" vote

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Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish "no" vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The director of a pro-Kremlin vote monitoring agency which sent observers to Scotland's referendum denounced the result on Friday, saying Scots were pressured into rejecting indepen...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee P...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee P...

Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea

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Judge concerned over U.S. embassy bombing case guilty plea

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.Wiping tears ...