Newcastle Lib Dem councillor Doreen Huddart

Heaton councillor Doreen Huddart talks about life as an international election monitor

From land mines to intimidation, the North East councillor talks about life in the world's trouble spots as an international election monitor

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Alexander Temerko: Putin cannot be appeased. We have to halt this assault

For Tyneside businessman ALEXANDER TEMERKO the Ukraine conflict is not a quarrel in a faraway country. It is a battle in his homeland

Holocaust Memorial Day Wales 2015. City Hall, Cardiff

Bernard Trafford: We must renounce the big lies - and the small ones too

Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford says we have to nail the lies that are being offered up to us

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Ukrainian lecturer at Newcastle University tells of fears for home country

Neurobiology lecturer Dr Viktor Korolchuck believes war could break out between Ukraine and Russia and fears for his home country

Boris Johnson warns about arming rebels, and David Cameron arrives at the G8 summit

Morning news headlines for June 17

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Syria and trade dominate G8 summit

Entente breaks out in kitchen

WHEN Frenchman Greg Bureau arrived on Tyneside it took him six months to understand the Geordie for “yes” and “no”.

Step by step, life goes on

After the death of Alexander Litvinenko, what became of his wife and son?

Blair tells Putin the West fears Russia

Tony Blair warned Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday that the West is becoming "worried and fearful" about what is happening in his country.

Climate deal big step, says Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair has hailed a G8 deal on climate change as "a major, major step forward" amid disappointment among environmental and anti-poverty campaigners.

Blair prepares for hectic G8 summit

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Prime Minister Tony Blair flew into his last G8 summit last night braced for a clash with Russia, farewell talks with President George Bush and a final push to secure a climate change deal.

Britain warns Putin after nuclear threat

Britain yesterday warned Moscow it must decide whether it wanted a "constructive relationship" with the West after president Vladimir Putin threatened to target Europe with Russia's nuclear weapons.

Ex-KGB agent says murder charge political

Blair has vowed to pursue justice

Ministers slated over British spy

Ministers have come under fire over the treatment of a former KGB defector living in Northumberland.

Anti-Putin report probe

Scotland Yard said it was "assessing" anti-Putin comments made by Russian exile Boris Berezovsky.

Second man found with radiation poisoning

A second man feared to be the victim of a Russian hit squad widely blamed for the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko has traces of deadly polonium 210 in his body, health chiefs confirmed last night.

Radioactive planes alert

The investigation into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko spread to 33,000 British Airways passengers last night after radioactive traces were found on aircraft.

Imports of gas `to be 15% dearer'

Russian state-controlled gas group Gazprom plans to raise the price of supplies to Europe next year by almost 15%, a Russian newspaper says.

Poisoned former Russian spy dies

Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, suspected of having been poisoned by his country's security services, died last night.

Vatican's `apology' fails to quell anger

Pope Benedict yesterday tried to dampen the furore over his remarks about Islam, saying he was "deeply sorry" about the anger they had caused.

Mid-East crisis deepens as diplomats struggle for peace

Violence was yesterday stepped up by both sides in the Middle East conflict, as diplomats in New York tried to reach agreement on a United Nations Security Council resolution to stop the fighting.

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