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    World › Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; cease-fire Sunday
    Feb13

    World › Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; cease-fire Sunday

    The peace deal reached Thursday for Ukraine, if it holds, would be a partial win for both Moscow and Kiev: Ukraine retains the separatist eastern regions and regains control of its border with Russia, while Russia holds strong leverage to keep Ukraine from ever becoming part of NATO. But neither… …read more Source: Japan...

    U.S. Senate confirms Obama’s pick for Pentagon chief
    Feb13

    U.S. Senate confirms Obama’s pick for Pentagon chief

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ash Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States confronts Islamic State militants, conflict in Ukraine and other worldwide threats. The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate was 93-5. Carter will replace Chuck Hagel,...

    Ceasefire for eastern Ukraine agreed after Minsk summit
    Feb13

    Ceasefire for eastern Ukraine agreed after Minsk summit

    THE leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. …read more Source: The Business...

    IMF chief unveils 4-year US$40b aid programme for Ukraine
    Feb13

    IMF chief unveils 4-year US$40b aid programme for Ukraine

    UKRAINE is set to receive about US$40 billion in funding over the next four years, nearly half of which will come from the International Monetary Fund, its chief Christine Lagarde said in Brussels. …read more Source: The Business...

    U.S. warns pro-Russian forces against seizing more Ukraine land
    Feb12

    U.S. warns pro-Russian forces against seizing more Ukraine land

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. government official warned pro-Russian separatists on Thursday against seizing more territory in eastern Ukraine before a ceasefire agreement goes into effect on Sunday. …read more Source: The...

    “Glimmer of Hope” for Ukraine After New Ceasefire Deal
    Feb12

    “Glimmer of Hope” for Ukraine After New Ceasefire Deal

    Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal offering a “glimmer of hope” for an end to conflict in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, but the United States said continued, intense fighting ran counter… …read more Source:...

    Leaders agree Ukraine peace roadmap but scepticism remains
    Feb12

    Leaders agree Ukraine peace roadmap but scepticism remains

    A new roadmap aimed at ending a 10-month war between Ukraine and pro-Moscow rebels was agreed in Belarus on Thursday (Feb 12), but scepticism remained as leaders warned much needed to be done before peace was achieved. …read more Source: Channel...

    IMF announces $17.5 bn assistance for Ukraine
    Feb12

    IMF announces $17.5 bn assistance for Ukraine

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde announced Thursday that the agency had reached an agreement with Ukraine to provide assistance to the country worth 15.5 billion euros ($17.5 … …read more Source: Japan Herald...

    EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire
    Feb12

    EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

    European Union leaders expressed caution Thursday about the peace deal hammered out for eastern Ukraine, saying the cease-fire must be respected before any scaling back of sanctions against Moscow can be considered. “It will be very important for us to continue to keep up the necessary pressure, the necessary vigilance, for there to be peace […]...

    Ukraine Leader Puts Detained Pilot Centre-Stage at Minsk Talks
    Feb12

    Ukraine Leader Puts Detained Pilot Centre-Stage at Minsk Talks

    Emerging from all-night talks on today, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Ukrainian military pilot Nadezhda Savchenko would be released from a Russian prison soon. …read more Source:...

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