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Victor Svyatski outed as founder and mastermind behind feminist group Femen

Australian filmmaker Kitty Green, 28, outed Victor Svyatski, previously known as a "consultant" to the group, as the founder and mastermind of Femen, famous for its breast-baring protests.

Global community must act to protect human rights defenders from restrictions and attacks

Commentary: New report documents increasing harassment and reprisals of rights workers.
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A Bangladeshi woman uses her cell phone as she holds a portrait of her missing sister, believed trapped in the rubble 60 hours after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 26, 2013. (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The global community must act to protect human rights defenders and civil society organizations from unprecedented restrictions and attacks. The work of human rights defenders – including journalists, lawyers and advocates – is crucial to upholding human rights and the rule of law. Despite this, around the world we bear witness to an increase in attacks and reprisals against human rights defenders, together with an expansion of laws that restrict and impair the work of non-government organizations.

Killer dolphins? No, not really

KYIV, Ukraine — “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” Mark Twain is said to have remarked. That was certainly true of news about three supposedly lovesick killer dolphins going AWOL from a military training program in Ukraine.

Former Ukraine police chief convicted of journalist's murder

The Kiev court said that Pukach killed Gongadze, then cut off his head. Pukach is said to have confessed to the crime, but insisted he acted on the orders of former Interior Minister Yuri Kravchenko.

Ukraine university blast kills 1, injures 2

Police think the man who was killed might have had a dispute with a university employee over a piece of land.

Ukraine helicopter crash kills 5

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed into the ground shortly after taking off from an airport in the city of Olexandriya in the Kirovograd region.

Reverse brain drain: Ukraine beckons

  KYIV, Ukraine — “The real fun is not about improving performance from 97.2 out of 100 to 98.1,” says Maya Solntseva, an engineer working for multinational consumer goods producer Proctor & Gamble in Ukraine. “It’s about going from 35 to 72.” Back in 2007 Solntseva passed with brio a four month training program at the company’s Brussels office and was offered her pick of postings: staying in the Belgian capital to do engineering or programming work, or moving to the company’s regional hub outside Prague, Czech Republic. She chose none of the above.

Ukraine: Brawls as parliament votes to decide prime minister (VIDEO)

Fights broke out in the Ukrainian parliament as members disputed the vote for a new prime minister.

Ukraine: Hacker haven

KYIV — When the hacker group Anonymous attacked the website of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe last week, it said it was responding to the OSCE’s “betrayal of democratic values” for failing to adequately criticize Ukraine's October parliamentary elections. The attack has highlighted the country's growing role as a battlefield for political hackers and source of cybercrime.

Ukraine calls partial recount for disputed parliamentary poll

Ukraine's election authorities have ordered votes to be recounted in five districts, amid allegations of fraud.
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