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The United States demanded Russia
withdraw its equipment and personnel
from Ukraine after Moscow sent in a
convoy of trucks yesterday in what
Kiev called a “direct invasion”.
Nato said Russian troops had been
firing artillery across the border and
within Ukraine in a major escalation
of military support for pro-Moscow
rebels since mid-August, a de facto
charge that Russia was waging war on
its former Soviet neighbour.
Moscow, which has thousands of
troops close to the Russian side of the
border, warned against any attempt
to “disrupt ” what it said was a purely
humanitarian operation; it did not
say what action it might take if the
Ukrainian military inter vened.
The Pentagon press secretary
accused Russia of violating Ukraine’s
sovereignty. “ Russia must remove its
vehicles and its personnel from the
territory of Ukraine immediately.
Failure to do so will result in additional
costs and isolation,” Rear Admiral
John Kirby said in Washington.
The US and European Union have
already imposed economic sanctions
on Moscow and the Kremlin has
retaliated; Nato has deployed extra
troops in member states bordering
Russia, including the Baltic states and
Poroshenko described the entry of the
trucks without Kiev ’s permission as
a “flagrant violation of international
law.” But a senior security chief said
Ukrainian forces would let them pass
to avoid “provocations”.
Kiev called on international allies to
unite in “a decisive condemnation of
illegal and aggressive actions”.
Rasmussen also said Russia risked
although Europe has been reluctant to
step up sanctions due to trade ties and
its use of Russian gas.
international law and the Kremlin
said Russian President Vladimir Putin
had told German Chancellor Angela
Merkel in a telephone call Moscow
could no longer wait for Kiev ’s green
light to help people in distress.
Poroshenko said more than 100
trucks had crossed the border, of
which only some had been checked
earlier by Ukrainian officials inside
Russian territory. Other Ukrainian
officials said only 34 or 35 of them
had been properly checked.
Repeating earlier suspicions by Kiev
the aid cargo could be somehow used
to support the separatists, the foreign
ministry said: “Neither the Ukrainian
side nor the International Committee
of the Red Cross knows the content
of the trucks. ”
The fact that Russian vehicles
had crossed into Ukraine without
permission “testifies to the deliberate
and aggressive character of actions by
the Russian side”, the ministry said.
Russia sends truck convoy into Ukraine
Carpenter Richard Helad, portraying a Lance Corporal of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Living Histor y Group, participates in a mock Word War I battle
at the Colchester Military Tournament in Colchester, eastern England. Helad’s interest in re-enacting was sparked by visiting a historical military show with his
son, he started buying military uniform and equipment and became more involved in the group. He feels it is important to keep the memory alive of those who
died and to educate people about how the war changed the social history of the country, including securing the vote for women and opening up opportunities for
them in the workplace.
Lest we forget
Hamas gunmen have executed 18
people accused of collaborating with
Israel in Gaza City as Palestinian
mortar fire killed a four-year-old
Israeli boy on day 46 of a devastating
The widening bloodshed has seen
another 76 Palestinians die in Gaza
since hostilities resumed on Tuesday
following a nine-day truce and
another four Israeli civilians wounded
by dozens of rocket attacks.
European governments are now
seeking United Nations action to find
a durable ceasefire after Egyptian
diplomacy failed to end the worst
fighting in the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict since a 2000-2005 intifada.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu yesterday vowed harsh
retribution against Hamas for the
killing of the child and his government
has vowed no let-up until it can
guarantee the safety of civilians.
Hamas also has vowed no let-
up until Israel ends an eight-year
blockade on the narrow and over-
populated Palestinian coastal enclave
it controls. At least 2092 Palestinians
have been killed since July 8, of whom
the UN has identified 70% as civilians,
and 68 people have died on the Israeli
side, all but four of them soldiers.
In broad daylight outside Gaza’s
largest mosque, a day after Israel
assassinated three of the movement ’s
senior commanders, Hamas gunmen
grabbed six men as worshippers came
out on to the street at the end of
Friday prayers, witnesses said.
They were pushed to the ground.
One of the masked men shouted:
“This is the final moment of the
Zionist enemy collaborators,” then the
gunmen sprayed them with bullets.
The Hamas-linked website Majd
said the 11 were killed after they “gave
information to the Zionist enemy ”.
In Israel, the barrage of Palestinian
rocket attacks claimed its fourth
civilian victim of the entire war — a
boy killed near a kindergarten in the
southern community of Sdot Negev.
Police said the boy was four years
Archaeologists have found two
ancient Mayan cities hidden in the
jungle of south-eastern Mexico,
and the lead researcher says he
believes there are “dozens” more to
be found in the region.
Ivan Sprajc, associate professor
at the Research Centre of the
Slovenian Academy of Sciences
and Arts, said his team found the
ancient cities of Lagunita and
Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula
in April by examining aerial
photographs of the region.
Sprajc said the two cities
reached their heyday in the Late
and Terminal Classic periods
(600 to1000 AD). At each site,
buildings, pyramids and plazas.
One pyramid is almost 20m high.
They also found a facade featuring
a monster-mouth door way, which
probably marked one of the main
entrances to the centre of the city.
Photographs from the sites showed
stone pyramids jutting out from
beneath dense foliage.
symbolises the entrance to a
cave and to the under world ...
Someone entering through this
door way would have entered sacred
precincts,” he said.
Sprajc said his team mapped 10 to
12ha at each site, but the cities were
probably larger. “ We elaborated a
map but only of the religious and
administrative centers of the two
sites,” he said, “that ’s only like
His team has not yet excavated
“There are dozens of sites that
I already have seen on the aerial
photographs,” he added.
A koala owes its life to a fire
captain and his rescue team for
some quick-thinking marsupial
mouth-to-mouth that brought it
back from the brink.
The koala was first believed to
have been hit by a car, then it fell
out of a tree and was caught before
needing mouth-to-mouth and
The lucky koala has been dubbed
Sean after Langwarrin Country
Fire Authority (CFA) captain Sean
Curtin, who led the rescue effort
in the outer Melbourne suburb on
Sean was first spotted on the side
of a road, believed to have been hit
by a car. But when Wildlife Victoria
officers arrived it scrambled up a
tree, and the CFA was brought in
so a truck with an extended ladder
could reach it.
Sean lost consciousness and fell
into a blanket held by firefighters, a
move Curtin says saved its life.
A wildlife officer then leapt into
action with the kiss of life.
Curtin said the crew had thought
the koala was dead in the tree.
“It appeared that it was passed
away in the tree while members of
the crew were rescuing it,” he said.
“Then Wildlife Victoria
performed mouth-to-mouth and
compressions and we gave it some
oxygen therapy and it regained
Sean is resting and appears
Ancient cities found in jungle
Kiss of life saves koala
Hamas gunmen execute 18 alleged Israel collaborators
Scientists using GPS technology
to study the extent of drought in
the American west say the water
shortage is causing parts of the
Earth’s crust to rise.
About 230 trillion litres
equivalent to a 15cm layer of water
have been lost since 2013,
causing a slight upward lift across
the region, according to the study
in the journal Science.
The ‘uplift ’ effect equals about
15mm in California’s mountains
and about 4mm across the west.
The study was conducted by
scientists at Scripps Institution of
Oceanography at the University of
California, San Diego.
The rise has “virtually no effect on
the San Andreas fault”.
Since 2000, seven western States
including Arizona, California,
Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Utah and Wyoming — have
seen the driest 14-year period in a
Drought causing earth’s crust to rise
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at age 12?
3. In which sport would you encounter a jerk?
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5. Which is the largest lake in the South Island?
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