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Russia bans Tatar leader from Crimea: Tatar assembly

Russia on Tuesday banned the leader of Crimea's pro-Kiev Tatar community from entering the Black Sea peninsula for five years, the Tatar assembly said in a statement. Community leader Mustafa Dzhemilev was handed an official order barring him from returning to Crimea as he crossed to mainland Ukraine from the territory that Moscow controversially annexed last month, the statement said. neo-del/yad

Russia bans Tatar leader from Crimea: Tatar assembly

Russia on Tuesday banned the leader of Crimea's pro-Kiev Tatar community from entering the Black Sea peninsula for five years, the Tatar assembly said. Mustafa Dzhemilev was handed an official order barring him from returning to Crimea as he crossed to mainland Ukraine from the territory that Moscow controversially annexed last month, the assembly said in a statement. Dzhemilev, also a member of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada parliament, condemned the decision as "an indication of what a 'civilised' state we are dealing with".

Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle

By Dave Graham CALEDONIA, Panama (Reuters) - A few years before giving up its independence, Scotland took a bold gamble to secure a brighter future, founding a colony on the isthmus of Panama to corner trade between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The 1698 venture ended in tragedy, helping to push Scotland into political union with England and form the United Kingdom. But had it succeeded, Scots might have no need to vote in the referendum on independence this coming September.

Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimean Tatars

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he had signed a decree rehabilitating Crimea's Tatars, native inhabitants of the peninsula who were deported under Stalin over accusations of Nazi collaboration and who fiercely oppose the region's new Moscow-backed authorities. "I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population of Crimea, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks, all those who suffered during Stalin's purges," Putin told a government meeting.

Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimea Tatars

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday to rehabilitate Crimea's Tatars and other minorities who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, courting a group that largely opposed Moscow's annexation of the region from Ukraine. Stalin deported Crimean Tatars to Central Asia en masse during World War Two, accusing them of sympathizing with Nazi Germany, and many died in grueling conditions on arrival in exile.

Putin signs decree to rehabilitate Crimean Tatars

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he had signed a decree rehabilitating Crimea's Tatars, an ethnic group accused of collaborating with Nazi Germany and exiled under Stalin. "I have signed a decree to rehabilitate the Crimean Tatar population of Crimea, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks, all those who suffered during Stalin's purges," Putin told a government meeting.

Slovenia's first Roma restaurant offers hope, integration

"Come hungry and with an open heart," urge flyers advertising Slovenia's first Roma restaurant. More than impressing food critics, the Romani Kafenava (Roma coffeeshop), which opened last week in the northern city of Maribor, aims to build ties with the local community and offer hope to an impoverished minority. "The point of this kind of social enterprise is to integrate socially vulnerable groups and teach them to work. And future customers should bear that in mind," Stefan Simoncic, head of the Epeka NGO, which backed the restaurant.

U.N. finds fear-mongering by pro-Russians in Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) - Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine have falsely claimed to be under attack to justify Russian involvement, a report by the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday. "Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread," said the report, which follows two visits to the country last month by Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic.

Football: Slovak star faces punishment for 'kill gays' blast

Slovak international winger Miroslav Stoch of Greek side PAOK faces disciplinary action after being accused of making threats against Olympiakos players, the Greek football federation said Friday. "Football prosecutor Konstantinos Petropoulos has brought disciplinary action against Miroslav Stoch and PAOK for acts punishable by the disciplinary provisions of the penal code," said the Greek federation. Stoch, 24, and PAOK claimed that the remarks on the player's Instagram account were the work of hackers.

Americans, Germans clash on US-EU trade standards

Americans and Germans are broadly supportive of a US-EU free-trade pact under negotiation, but differ over details, especially forging similar goods and services standards, according to a survey released Wednesday. Common regulatory standards are perhaps the most ambitious objective of the bilateral talks that began last July to create the world's biggest free-trade zone.
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