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Ukraine bans books promoting Russia

KIEV: Ukraine Friday banned Russian books glorifying the Kremlin and its leaders or espousing what it views as "totalitarian views" in a move certain to further sour relations between the two foes. The law adopted by President Petro Poroshenko "prohibits the promotion of aggressor states ... or (books) that create a positive image of this aggressor state", referring to Russia. It also forbids literature that calls for state coups or promotes wars and racial hatred. The legislation says a group of experts will decide…

Which billionaire moguls have been elected to power?

PARIS: Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, reality TV star and US president-elect whose worth Forbes estimates at $3.7 billion, joins an ultra-elite group of billionaire business tycoons who have come to power through the ballot box.  Other political leaders who first made fortunes in businesses from chocolates to telecoms include: ITALY: Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi served as prime minister three times between 1994 and 2011. According to Forbes magazine Berlusconi was in 2016 Italy's fifth-richest man with a…

Obama condemns Russia over MH17 drowning in Ukraine

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airline by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow.

EU signs trade pact with Ukraine, ceasefire extended by 72 hours

BRUSSELS: The European Union signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine on Friday and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday. Shortly after returning to Kiev from Brussels where he signed the pact, Poroshenko announced on his website that Ukraine had extended a ceasefire by government forces against pro-Russian separatist rebels by 72 hours until 10 p.m. on Monday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Brussels…