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    Ukraine halts all trains and buses to Russian-held Crimea
    Dec26

    Ukraine halts all trains and buses to Russian-held Crimea

    December 27, 2014 3:03 AMKIEV (AFP) – Ukraine said on Friday it was suspending all rail and bus services to Russian-occupied Crimea because of security concerns. …read more Source: The Straits...

    Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange
    Dec26

    Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange

    KIEV (Reuters) – Kiev and pro-Russian separatists began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a state security service source said, part of a 12-point peace plan. …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine suspends trains and buses to Crimea
    Dec26

    Ukraine suspends trains and buses to Crimea

    KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine is suspending all train and bus services to Crimea due to a “deteriorating” security situation on the Black Sea peninsula which was annexed by Russia in March, Ukrainian transport chiefs said on Friday. …read more Source: The...

    Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address
    Dec26

    Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

    In this picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis giving his traditional Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. — AFP photo VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday roundly condemned jihadist violence and the “brutal persecution” of religious minorities in a Christmas...

    Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels begin mass prisoner swap
    Dec26

    Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels begin mass prisoner swap

    December 27, 2014 12:01 AMKOSTYANTYNIVKA, Ukraine (AFP) – Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels on Friday began swapping hundreds of soldiers under the terms of a preliminary deal agreed this week in the Belarussian capital Minsk. …read more Source: The Straits...

    Ukraine truce hangs in balance after ‘difficult’ talks
    Dec26

    Ukraine truce hangs in balance after ‘difficult’ talks

    DONETSK, Ukraine: The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try ending the eight-month pro-Russian revolt. Negotiations mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk broke up after more than five hours on Wednesday...

    Russia's new military doctrine names NATO as key risk
    Dec26

    Russia's new military doctrine names NATO as key risk

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance. …read more Source: The...

    Russia’s ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent
    Dec26

    Russia’s ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent

    MOSCOW: (AP) – The Russian currency on Friday ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy.The ruble has been the worst performing currency this year along with the Ukrainian hryvnia, having lost nearly half of its value against the dollar.Russian Finance Minister...

    Ukraine halts trains to Russian-held Crimea
    Dec26

    Ukraine halts trains to Russian-held Crimea

    KIEV (AFP) – Ukraine said on Friday it was suspending all rail service to Russian-occupied Crimea because of security concerns.The decision came only 10 days after Russia decided to halt its own train service to the Black Sea peninsula due to low ticket demand.The joint decisions mean that most of the regions 2.3 million residents will only...

    Russia says N Korea comedy ‘scandalous’, slams US
    Dec26

    Russia says N Korea comedy ‘scandalous’, slams US

    MOSCOW – Russia has slammed the United States over a raunchy comedy featuring a fictional plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, saying Pyongyang’s anger was understandable.On Christmas Day, “The Interview” – which has become an unlikely symbol of free speech in the West – opened in crowded US movie...

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