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Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies

Protestant preacher and former Northern Ireland leader Ian Paisley has died at the age of 88, his Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said.

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#Russia slams the West over #Ukraine sanctions

Sergei LavrovMoscow has accused the West of undermining a fragile truce in Ukraine as the ruble sank to a new low under the pressure of new EU sanctions.

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Catalans flood streets for a secession vote

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans energised by Scotland's upcoming independence referendum have protested  for a secession vote aimed at carving out a new Mediterranean nation in what is now northeastern Spain.

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EU approves new sanctions against #Russia

The European Union has agreed to introduce new sanctions against Russia targeting oil and defence firms, but could lift them if a Ukraine ceasefire holds, EU head Herman Van Rompuy said.

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Survey says 53 percent of Scots to vote 'no'

Fifty-three percent of Scots intend to vote against splitting away from the United Kingdom in next week's referendum, according to a new poll.

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Hollande 'hurt' by ex-partner's memoir claim

French President Francois Hollande says he has been particularly "hurt" by his former partner's claims that he secretly despised the poor.

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Powerful blast rocks #Germany plant

A massive explosion has rocked a chemical waste facility near Bremen in northwestern Germany, polic say.

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#Ukraine leader pledges more autonomy for east

Ukraine's president has promised to introduce a bill that would offer greater autonomy to regions in the pro-Russia east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months.

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Domestic violence 'kills more than civil war'

Domestic violence, mainly against women and children, kills far more people than wars and costs the world economy more than $8 trillion a year, a new study suggests.

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Cameron urges #Scotland to stay in the UK

David Cameron appealed to the Scottish people not to vote for independence in next week's referendum after an opinion poll showed a surge in support for a break from the United Kingdom.

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