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  • Leaders in east Ukraine vote to take control of their areas

    Leaders of mainly Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine that are loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich challenged the legitimacy of the national parliament on Saturday and said they were taking control of their territories.

    A resolution adopted at a meeting of regional leaders in Kharkiv decried a series of measures parliament passed that reduce the president's powers:

    The decisions taken by the Ukrainian parliament in such circumstances cause doubts about their [...] legitimacy and legality. The central state organs are paralyzed. Until the constitutional order and lawfulness are restored [...] we have decided to take responsibility for safeguarding the constitutional order, legality, citizens' rights and their security on our territories.


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At least 120 killed as quake flattens towns in central Italy

ACCUMOLI, Italy An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell. | Video