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Millennials Elected to Office in Hong Kong Barred by China

Parliamentary committee head calls them 'traitors' for fighting for independence, altering oaths

(Newser) - China has turned a blind eye to much of what Hong Kong does, because an international treaty spells out that the former British colony is entitled to a "high degree of autonomy," per the New York Times . But China finally put its foot down Monday to block two... More »

After 40 Years, Corsica Militants Call It Quits

But they still want independence from France

(Newser) - There is now one less armed separatist group in Europe: After nearly 40 years and thousands of attacks, including bombings and assassinations, the National Liberation Front of Corsica has decided to call it a day, CNN reports. The banned militant group, which launched its violent campaign for independence from France... More »

Kerry to Russia: Disarm Ukraine Rebels in 'Hours'

EU leaders could talk sanctions beginning today if needed

(Newser) - Russia needs to diffuse the situation in Ukraine—immediately, John Kerry urged today. "It is critical for Russia to show in the next hours, literally, that they're moving to help disarm the separatists, to encourage them to disarm, to call on them to lay down their weapons and... More »

Ukraine Talks to Putin, Proposes Ceasefire

President poised for unilateral move; expects rebels to follow

(Newser) - Ukraine's new president talked to Vladimir Putin last night, and today, Petro Poroshenko appears ready for a ceasefire, the New York Times reports. Poroshenko says he'll order the unilateral move once the border is secure; he believes "all illegal military units" will follow suit, per Russian and... More »

Ukrainians Drive Off Rebels and Their 'Blood Candy'

Sweets come from president-elect's company

(Newser) - You can't go wrong with free candy, right? Wrong, at least in divided eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, separatists held a rally for kids in Donetsk against the "bloodthirsty Kiev junta." Militants offered families big boxes of sweets which had, they said, been stolen from a warehouse. At first,... More »

Donetsk, Luhansk Ask to Join Russia

Insurgent leader says region is declaring independence

(Newser) - Pro-Russia insurgents in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions are declaring themselves independent and asking to join Russia. The move, initiated by Donetsk and followed closely by Luhansk, follows a hastily organized referendum yesterday in which organizers say about 90% of those who cast ballots in the regions backed sovereignty... More »

Russia Forces Aid Ukraine Separatists, Photos Suggest

Images 'further confirm' ties: White House

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has steadfastly denied that Russian units are working with separatists in eastern Ukraine, but photos suggest otherwise, the New York Times reports. Expert gunmen known as "green men" have led the way as separatists take over government buildings, and their gear matches that of Russian special forces... More »

Biden Headed to Kiev Next Week

Separatists take over more government buildings

(Newser) - With separatists extending their reach in eastern Ukraine, the White House says Joe Biden is headed to Kiev to meet with leaders. The vice president will head to the country on April 22, CNN reports. This Thursday will see talks between Ukraine, Russia, the US, and the EU. Meanwhile, regional... More »

Ukraine to Separatists: This Is Over in 48 Hours

Protesters in east erect barricades, build bombs

(Newser) - Pro-Russia protesters are bolstering their defenses in eastern Ukraine as Kiev threatens to use force to settle the situation. "A resolution to this crisis will be found within the next 48 hours," Ukraine's interior minister says, per Reuters . "For those who want dialogue, we propose talks... More »

Pakistan Car Bomb Kills 11 Cops, Civilian

23 wounded in Quetta attack

(Newser) - A car bomb targeting a police vehicle killed 11 policemen and one civilian today in an area of southwest Pakistan wracked by a separatist insurgency and Islamic militancy, police said. The bombing on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, also wounded 23 people, said a police rep.... More »

Separatists Prevail in Catalonian Elections

But support for independence from Spain is splintered

(Newser) - In a vote widely seen as a test of support for independence from Spain, a majority of voters in Catalonia have picked separatist candidates in regional elections. The result makes a genuine referendum on independence within the next few years more likely, but with the separatist vote split among four... More »

Passengers, Crew Foil China Hijacking

Six suspects detained

(Newser) - A hijacking attempt on a Chinese plane was foiled today by passengers and crew just after departure, the AP reports, citing state media. The Tianjin Airlines plane had taken off from the remote city of Hotan in the restive far-western region of Xinjiang, and returned there safely 22 minutes later.... More »

Pakistan 'Disappearing' Thousands of Separatists

US fears some may have been tortured, killed

(Newser) - In Pakistan, thousands are missing—and the US fears the country may be using the war as an excuse to round up and disappear political separatists. For years, human rights groups have reported on Pakistan’s security forces holding prisoners incommunicado, without charges; there are also concerns that some have... More »

Basque Militants ETA Declare Ceasefire

The group intends to use 'a democratic process'

(Newser) - Basque separatist group ETA has announced a ceasefire, the BBC reports . The armed group, considered terrorists by many, has led a campaign for Basque independence that resulted in more than 820 deaths over the past 40 years. After previous statements by the Spanish government that it will not negotiate with... More »

Gunmen Ambush Togo's Soccer Team in Angola

Driver dead; players among 9 injured

(Newser) - The national soccer team of the African nation of Togo was ambushed by gunmen today as it traveled by bus into Angola; the driver was killed and at least two players are among the nine people injured. A separatists group in the enclave of Cabinda claimed responsibility, Reuters reports, noting... More »

ETA Admits Attacks as 2nd Bomb Hits Spanish Island

'We will answer with weapons,' separatist group warns

(Newser) - Basque separatist group ETA is claiming responsibility for three blasts today in the Spanish island of Mallorca, including one at a restaurant where so far there are no reports of injuries, CNN reports. ETA had already claimed responsibility today for a series of attacks in Spain in June and July,... More »

140 Dead in China Muslim Riots

1,000 said to have protested Beijing's handling of Uighur/Chinese incident

(Newser) - At least 140 people have been killed and 800 injured in clashes between rioters and police in China’s restive oil-rich Xinjiang region, reports the BBC. The clashes are the deadliest outbreak of violence in China in several years. The violence began after more than 1000 protesters—primarily Uighur Muslims—... More »

Russian Veto Forces UN Out of Abkhazia

Mission in breakaway Georgian republic ends after vote deadlocks

(Newser) - Russia today vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to keep troops and observers in Abkhazia, one of the two breakaway Georgian regions in last year's war. Western nations say that Abkhazia remains part of Georgia, but Russia has recognized its independence. The veto means that the UN will have to... More »

Basque Separatists Hand Over Power After 30 Years

After 30 years, separatists lose power in Spanish region

(Newser) - Security has been ramped up in the Basque region of Spain today as it prepares for the inauguration of its first non-separatist government in 30 years. Spain's national left- and right-wing parties have come together to form a unity coalition, ending decades of rule by Basque separatists. The terrorist group... More »

Sri Lankan Army Seizes Last Big Rebel Base

Loss is latest setback for beleaguered Tamil Tiger separatists

(Newser) - The Sri Lankan army says it has captured the last urban Tamil Tiger base in a surprise morning assault, CNN reports. Soldiers and rebels battled fiercely for the town of Mullaittivu, the latest effort in the army’s recent campaign to capture Tiger areas. The army says the rebels are... More »

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