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    Moscow muscle
    Aug31

    Moscow muscle

    The Kremlin released pictures of President Vladimir Putin working out at the gym with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the president’s Black Sea residence on Sunday, shortly after an opinion poll showed Putin’s popularity waning. Putin and Medvedev were pictured having breakfast together and then a barbecue after their workout at...

    The Ides of September
    Aug31

    The Ides of September

    It was the calm before the storm. Brussels slipped into its usual summer slumber in August, but as a parade of commission officials, lawmakers, regulators and diplomats return to their desks this week, they face an unusually daunting post-vacation agenda — from fixing Greece to the migrant crisis to convincing Britain to remain in the EU to...

    The woman who’s trying to save Ukraine
    Aug28

    The woman who’s trying to save Ukraine

    KIEV — Ukraine struck a critical debt deal Thursday with creditors that averts a default and opens to the door to continued international support for its struggling economy. The agreement is a victory for Ukraine’s American-born finance minister, Natalie Jaresko. For the past five months, the former U.S. diplomat and fund manager has played...

    What the Ukrainian military really needs
    Aug27

    What the Ukrainian military really needs

    In the 18th century brick colonial that serves as the Ukrainian Embassy, and where George Washington signed the deed to the nation’s capital, Kostiantyn Liesnik proudly showed off his brand-new camouflage fatigues, with its “lizard” pattern. The new uniform might seem inconsequential to outsiders, the head of the Ukrainian military’s...

    Ukraine strikes debt deal
    Aug27

    Ukraine strikes debt deal

    Ukraine has struck a deal with bondholders that reduces its commercial debt, the country’s finance minister said Thursday, though the politically sensitive issue of whether $3 billion in Russian debt will be included in the haircut remains unresolved. The debt deal is also vulnerable to a worsening of Ukraine’s already rapidly...

    New EU response team to counter Russian ‘disinformation’
    Aug27

    New EU response team to counter Russian ‘disinformation’

    The European Union’s foreign affairs department said Thursday it was launching a rapid-response team to counter what it considers biased Russian media reports. The unit, which will include up to 10 Russian-speaking officials and media professionals from EU member states, will be fully operational by the end of September and will be part of...

    Ukraine’s back-to-school ceasefire
    Aug27

    Ukraine’s back-to-school ceasefire

    Government forces and pro-Russian separatists aim to reinstate a fracturing ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the time students return to school next week, according to negotiators meeting with Ukrainian and Russian officials. “The three-sided contact group considers it important to reach a solid ceasefire from the beginning of the next school...

    Dope and glory
    Aug27

    Dope and glory

    When Usain Bolt battled to victory in the 100-meter final on the second day of the Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, he struck a blow not only for his competitive reputation but also for the image of his besieged sport. Like track and field, Bolt, a six-time Olympic gold medallist, has been struggling this season. He had been...

    Putin’s magnificent messaging machine
    Aug26

    Putin’s magnificent messaging machine

    In trying to create a likeness of Soviet power, Vladimir Putin is doing one thing demonstrably better than the Kremlin masters of old: propaganda. During the Cold War Soviet outlets like Pravda would disseminate outlandish claims so crass and obviously false that even true comrades turned the page or flipped the channel (and there were a lot...

    Brussels hopes to end Ukraine-Russia gas war
    Aug26

    Brussels hopes to end Ukraine-Russia gas war

    The European Commission is trying to restart gas talks between Russia and Ukraine, but the same issue that caused a breakdown in June — a dispute over prices — is still keeping the two sides apart. However, mounting urgency on both sides could help build a compromise: the Ukrainians want to top up their gas storage before the start of winter,...

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