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Apr 14, 2014

U.N. Security Council meets over Ukraine hours before deadline

KIEV/UNITED NATIONS, April 13 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council held an emergency session on Sunday night to
discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine, just hours before a
deadline by Kiev for pro-Russian separatists to disarm by Monday
morning or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its
armed forces.

The Council began meeting at 8 p.m. (0000 GMT on Monday) at
Russia’s request after Moscow called Kiev’s plans to mobilise
the army to put down a rebellion by pro-Russian militants in
eastern Ukraine “criminal.”

Apr 14, 2014

Ukraine gives rebels deadline to disarm or face military operation

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, acting president Oleksander Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until 0600 GMT to lay down their weapons.

Apr 13, 2014

Ukraine readies full military operation against pro-Russian rebels

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s armed forces plan to launch a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Russian separatists, acting president Oleksander Turchinov said on Sunday, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two of his comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until Monday morning to lay down their weapons.

Apr 12, 2014

Militants raise Russian flag in Ukraine city, risk of “gas war” looms

KIEV, April 12 (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian militants
raised the Russian flag in an eastern Ukrainian city on
Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned,
was dragging Europe closer to a “gas war” that could disrupt
supplies across the continent.

At least 20 men armed with pistols and rifles took over the
police and security services headquarters in Slaviansk, about
150 km (90 miles) from the border with Russia.

Apr 12, 2014

Risk of ‘gas war’ grows as Ukraine halts payments to Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Saturday it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas, ratcheting up the tension in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union states cut off from the Russian gas supplies on which they depend.

In eastern Ukraine, where groups of pro-Russian activists have been emboldened by the Kremlin’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a band of armed men in mismatched camouflage outfits seized a police station in the town of Slaviansk.

Mar 8, 2014

Dublin bids emotional farewell to local legend O’Driscoll

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Dublin’s Aviva Stadium bade an emotional farewell to local hero Brian O’Driscoll on Saturday as the man widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest-ever player became the game’s most capped international in his final home appearance.

The 35-year old centre did not add to his tally of 46 tries in Ireland’s 46-7 demolition of Italy, but decisive passes in three of the seven tries was enough to win him man of the match and three standing ovations from an ecstatic crowd.

Mar 8, 2014

Rugby-Dublin bids emotional farewell to local legend O’Driscoll

DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Dublin’s Aviva Stadium bade an emotional farewell to local hero Brian O’Driscoll on Saturday as the man widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest-ever player became the game’s most capped international in his final home appearance.

The 35-year old centre did not add to his tally of 46 tries in Ireland’s 46-7 demolition of Italy, but decisive passes in three of the seven tries was enough to win him man of the match and three standing ovations from an ecstatic crowd.

Mar 8, 2014

O’Driscoll sweeps Ireland past Italy to extend Six Nations lead

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game.

O’Driscoll made decisive passes to set up three of the home side’s seven tries and sparked the biggest cheer of the day when he left the field after 62 minutes to end his world record 140th game for Ireland.

Mar 8, 2014

Rugby-O’Driscoll sweeps Ireland past Italy to extend Six Nations lead

DUBLIN, March 8 (Reuters) – Ireland took pole position for their first Six Nations title in five years with a crushing 46-7 win over Italy on Saturday as talismanic centre Brian O’Driscoll became the most capped player ever in his final home game.

O’Driscoll made decisive passes to set up three of the home side’s seven tries and sparked the biggest cheer of the day when he left the field after 62 minutes to end his world record 140th game for Ireland.

Feb 8, 2014

Gatland to take hard look at Wales after Irish humiliation

DUBLIN (Reuters) -

Wales coach Warren Gatland promised to take a long, hard look at his team after the Six Nations title holders fell to a humiliating 26-3 defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

Wales conceded 15 penalties and allowed Ireland to turn over the ball 10 times in an error-prone two-try loss, their first away defeat in the tournament since 2011.