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Feb 10, 2014

Pussy Riot members say Russia is blocking drive to help prisoners

BERLIN (Reuters) – Two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot accused Moscow on Monday of obstructing their campaign to improve conditions in Russia’s jails, and called for international monitoring.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were themselves freed from jail in December under an amnesty, also said they might consider stepping up their political activism by running for election to the Moscow city government.

Feb 9, 2014

Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin

BERLIN, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Danish director Lars von Trier
premiered a “director’s cut” of “Nymphomaniac” at the Berlin
film festival on Sunday, but stayed away from the media on a day
that also saw the premiere of a film about strict Catholicism’s
impact on a teenage girl.

Von Trier’s film starring young actress Stacy Martin and a
long list of actors as her sexual partners, drew long queues to
cinemas, even though it is being shown out of competition for
the festival’s top prize to be awarded next Saturday.

Feb 9, 2014

Film on radical Catholics, racy von Trier film, paired in Berlin

BERLIN, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Films at the extremes of the
cinema agenda, one a German-made look at an adolescent girl’s
tortured life in a strict Catholic family, the other director
Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”, highlighted day four of the
Berlin film festival on Sunday.

Von Trier’s film starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and an
extended list of movie world notables as her sexual partners,
drew long queues to cinemas, even though it is being shown out
of competition.

Feb 7, 2014

Gritty tales from mean streets to New Mexico kick off Berlin film race

BERLIN, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Two powerful films, one looking at
the plight of boys abandoned in Berlin, the other about an
ex-convict haunted by his violent past, kicked off the
competition for best picture at the 64th Berlin International
Film Festival on Friday.

A third competition film, the Northern Ireland-conflict
themed “’71″ capped the day with a harrowing look at a British
soldier’s plight when he is left behind in a rebellious Catholic
nationalist neighbourhood after his patrol gets ambushed in a
riot in Belfast.

Feb 7, 2014

Abandoned boys, feuding ex-con and sheriff, start Berlin race

BERLIN (Reuters) – Two powerful films, one looking at the plight of boys in Berlin abandoned by their mother, the other about an ex-convict haunted by his violent past, kicked off competition for best picture at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on Friday.

German director Edward Berger’s “Jack”, starring the immensely persuasive first-time child actor Ivo Pietzcker in the title role, is the story of the 11-year-old and his blonde-haired younger brother Manuel finding their way through a labyrinth of Berlin’s streets and its drugged-out nightlife.

Dec 10, 2013

Ukraine president digs in heels over Russia ties despite protests

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich gave no ground on Tuesday to protesters who want Kiev to move closer to the European Union, insisting his government needs to deepen trade ties with Russia instead.

In his first public appearance since meeting Russia’s President Vladimir Putin last Friday, Yanukovich ignored the demands of pro-Europe protesters, hundreds of thousands of whom have taken to the streets in the past two weeks, including thousands camped out round-the-clock in freezing temperatures.

Dec 9, 2013

Protesters fell Lenin statue, tell Ukraine’s president ‘you’re next’

KIEV (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine’s capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.

The gesture rejecting Moscow’s historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on Kiev’s Independence Square to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government.

Dec 8, 2013

Pro-Europe protesters gather for rally in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Europe protesters flocked to Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday for a rally that organizers were hoping would swell to 1 million people, piling pressure on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to turn back from seeking closer ties to Russia.

The rally, due to start at 12 p.m. (1000 GMT), will increase the tensions in a standoff between the government and protesters furious over its decision to dump a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow.

Dec 7, 2013

Ukraine opposition seeks million-strong rally in Kiev

KIEV (Reuters) – Organisers hope one million protesters will turn out in Kiev on Sunday to pile more pressure on Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich as he seeks closer ties with Russia after dumping a trade pact with the European Union.

The rally will further heighten tension in the weeks-long standoff between the Yanukovich government and its opponents.

Dec 6, 2013

Ukraine’s turmoil is born of history and geography

DONETSK/LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Kiev is the stage for Ukraine’s political drama, but the script was written in its borderlands.

While the capital is convulsed by protests, the East-West tensions tugging at Ukraine are perhaps felt most in Donetsk and Lviv, two cities more than 1,000 km (600 miles) apart which are divided by history and – for some – a sense of the future.

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      "I lead a team of around 20 journalists in Warsaw, including text reporters writing in English and in Polish, photographers and a small TV crew. I joined Reuters 20 years ago and Warsaw is my seventh assignment. I have also worked in Tokyo, Moscow, London, Brussels, Ankara and Sofia."
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