A picture taken by Ukrainian presidential press-service shows President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking with Igor Kolomoisky on March 25, 2015 in Kiev

Ukraine leader says he will not let oligarchs sow 'chaos'

AFP News Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday pledged to stop oligarchs from sowing "chaos" after the governor of a key industrial region quit following a row over a state oil firm. Billionaire Igor Kolomoisky reluctantly offered to step down this week as governor of the key industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk after a dispute over control of the country's largest oil producer ended up…

  • Canadian anti-Islamophobia demonstrators march in Montreal on March 28, 2015, against  sympathizers of the German based anti-Islam group PEGIDA that were planning a rally against Muslims

    A planned protest by the new Canadian branch of anti-Islam group PEGIDA failed to materialize in Montreal as around 500 opponents gathered to rally against the demonstration. Germany-based PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, had called for a protest in the area. Anti-PEGIDA protesters …

  • A huge Australian flag flies near the Sydney Tower building (R) on September 18, 2009

    Australia said it will sign an agreement to become a prospective founding member of a China-backed infrastructure bank, but continued to express concerns about how the institution is governed. China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum of understanding last October to establish the Beijing-headquartered US$50 billion …

  • Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

    An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising ...

  • Pictures and flowers are seen in front of a memorial area for Singapore's late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew outside the parliament building where he lies in state in Singapore, March 28, 2015

    Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew will be given an elaborate state funeral Sunday, ending a week of mourning for the man who led the city-state to independence 50 years ago. Tens of thousands of people are expected to line a 15.4-kilometre (9.6-mile) route to bid farewell to the authoritarian leader who served as …

  • Turkey's defender Serdar Aziz (L) vies with Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during the Euro 2016 qualifying round football match on March 28, 2015 in Amsterdam

    The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalisers to earn draws in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday, while Gareth Bale inspired Wales to a fine win in Israel that left them top of their group. The Dutch were heading to a first competitive defeat on home soil since October 2000 after Burak Yilmaz put Turkey ahead in Amsterdam, …

  • Australia announced on Sunday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a part of the ...

  • New Zealand players thank their fans after their victory in the semi-final Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on March 24, 2015

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key decided not to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral and left behind a bruising byelection defeat to be in Melbourne Sunday as he led his nation's obsession with the World Cup final. After failing six times in the semi-finals, New Zealand have finally made the ultimate showdown of ODI cricket's …

  • Dozens of Brazilian firms, including industrial companies and banks, are under investigation amid allegations they paid $5.9 billion in bribes to tax officials, police said

    Brazil is already reeling from the biggest graft scandal the country has known, a $3.8 billion scam involving inflated contracts between construction companies and state oil giant Petrobras, causing a storm after dozens of politicians were implicated. The new scandal, dubbed Operation Zeal, comes following a federal police …

  • Members of Madrid firefighters and emergency services SAMUR wearing protective suits outside Madrid's main post office on March 28, 2015

    A package containing "a suspicious white substance" on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a Madrid post office, with 23 people undergoing decontamination as a safety precaution, the emergency services said. Investigators were still analysing the content and the results may take a few days, a spokesman for Madrid's SAMUR …

  • Incumbent Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan arrives to cast his ballot during presidential elections at a polling station in Otuoke on March 28, 2015

    Problems with new technology on Saturday forced voting to be extended in presidential elections in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, as renewed Boko Haram violence hit the knife-edge polls. The Islamist militants were suspected of killing at least seven people in separate attacks in northeastern Gombe state, including …

  • Some British Airways frequent flier accounts have been hacked, but the airline says that most personal information is safe. The London-based airline did not say how many accounts were compromised, but ...

  • A WWF activist dressed as a panda bear stands next to an illuminated globe in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin during the the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour on March 28, 2015

    Paris's iconic Eiffel Tower switched off its lights, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate went dark and Hong Kong's famed skyline dimmed Saturday as landmarks the world over observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. This year's event comes as the French capital will be hosting a crucial UN climate conference …

  • A picture taken by Ukrainian presidential press-service shows President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking with Igor Kolomoisky on March 25, 2015 in Kiev

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday pledged to stop oligarchs from sowing "chaos" after the governor of a key industrial region quit following a row over a state oil firm. Billionaire Igor Kolomoisky reluctantly offered to step down this week as governor of the key industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk after …

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  • A street flooded by the Copiapo River, which overflowed after heavy rainfall in the city of Copiapo, Chile, March 26, 2015

    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet pointed to a "bleak" situation in the country's flood-hit north Saturday, after deadly rains swept through the normally arid area last week. The president spent two days in the devastated Atacama region and in nearby Antofagasta, where floods left at least 10 dead, 19 missing and hundreds …

 

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