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Religious war of words breaks out between Russia and Ukraine on Easter

Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine and Russia (via AFP) Politics overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine — while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland. Patriarch Filaret……

French court approves extradition of exiled Kazakh tycoon to Russia

A French court Thursday approved the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, an opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges by Russia and Ukraine. The former Kazakh energy and trade minister is accused of having stolen billions of dollars in state and investor funds while leading the Kazakh BTA Bank,…