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‘Corrupt’ Ukraine remains under oligarch influence, reform results ‘fragile’ – EU auditors

The results of EU-backed reforms in Ukraine are “fragile,” while public policymaking is still under heavy influence from vested interests, the body charged with oversight of spending EU budget money reports.

Syrian forces liberate civilians in parts of Aleppo’s Old City (VIDEO)

Footage has emerged showing the moment that Syrian forces liberated civilians from an area inside Aleppo’s Old City.

Russian colonel dies after ‘opposition’ shelling in Aleppo – MoD

A Russian military adviser has died in Syria after shelling in Aleppo ‘by the so-called opposition forces,’ the Russian Ministry of Defense has stated, as cited by RIA Novosti news agency.

‘Unintentional mistake’: Saudi inquiry contradicts MSF account of coalition strike on Yemen hospital

A Saudi-led investigative committee has failed to recognize Riyadh’s fault in the bombing of an MSF hospital in Yemen in August.

Fiery clashes between military police and protesters erupt in Brazil (VIDEOS)

Violent clashes between Brazilian military police and unpaid civil servants erupted in front of the legislative building in Rio de Janeiro, while legislators discussed new budget cuts.

US & UN criticize Israeli settlement bill viewed as step towards West Bank annexation

The UN has voiced strong concerns after Israeli lawmakers gave the green light to a bill which would legalize West Bank settlements.

Dozens of buildings collapse after 6.5 quake in Indonesia

At least one person has been killed and many are feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful 6.5 earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Cosmic dust found on rooftops of 3 major European cities

Tiny particles dating back to the birth of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago have been discovered on rooftops in Paris, Oslo and Berlin.

Gas pipelines & nuclear plants: Turkish PM visits Kremlin to consolidate bilateral ties

Gas pipelines and nuclear power stations were among the highlights of recent talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish PM Binali Yildirim.

Honda’s latest electric car detects ‘human emotions’

Car manufacturer Honda has come up with a better way to interact with humans: it has created a car that it says can feel emotions.

Senior investigator arrested in Moscow over $50,000 bribe

A senior major crimes investigator for Russia’s Investigative Committee has been arrested, with media reporting that Lt.

Syrian army liberates more Aleppo districts, seizes militant command center

Syrian government forces have reclaimed five more districts in the eastern part of Aleppo, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation.

Sweden charges 5 teenage refugees with beating, gang-raping boy for over an hour

Five asylum seekers, who arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors, have been charged with anally raping a young Afghan male teen at gunpoint in a premeditated assault in Uppsala, a city outside Stockholm.

Berlin head of Polish culture institute fired for promoting ‘too much Jewish content’

The director of the Polish cultural institute in Berlin, Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, has been fired by Poland’s Foreign Ministry because she allegedly promoted too much “unwanted content”, particularly concerning Polish-Jewish relations.

Malta becomes 1st European country to ban gay conversion therapy

Malta’s parliament has unanimously voted to ban gay conversion therapy, becoming the first European country to make the controversial practice illegal.

Singapore, other Asian countries dominate new international education rankings

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has released its newest mass comparative survey of school education across 72 different countries, which sees Singapore, Hong Kong and other affluent Chinese-majority entities top the table.

Molotov cocktails, firecrackers hurled at police at march over teen’s death in Athens

Fierce clashes have broken out in central Athens between police and groups of rioters after a peaceful march.

Swiss bishops create €462k fund to pay victims of Catholic clerics’ sex abuse

Swiss bishops have created a fund worth €462,000 for those who have been sexually abused by members of the Catholic clergy and cannot seek justice in court because the statute of limitations has passed.

In decline? Weapons business made $370.7 billion in 2015, with US dominating, study shows

Russian weapons manufacturers came in second in total annual revenues of the top 100 arms producing companies, bested only by the US, whose arms sales amounted to $209.7 billion in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Meteor explosion lights up Siberian sky (VIDEO)

People in the Republic of Khakassia in southwest Siberia witnessed a large fireball exploding in the sky on Tuesday, which briefly made the evening as bright as the day.