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    After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
    Feb13

    After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

    Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East.Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first...

    Russian, Ukrainian, German, French officials meet on Ukraine
    Feb13

    Russian, Ukrainian, German, French officials meet on Ukraine

    Senior officials from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France have met on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine …read more Source: The Daily...

    After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
    Feb13

    After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

    HAVANA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport...

    ‘Illusions’ on Syria must be dispelled: Iran
    Feb13

    ‘Illusions’ on Syria must be dispelled: Iran

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stresses the importance of pursuing a “political solution” to the Syria crisis, warning against entertaining “illusions” about the situation in the Arab country.Zarif made the remarks in response to a question from Press TV correspondent on Friday about Iran’s stance on the Saudi offer to...

    Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on
    Feb13

    Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on

    MUNICH/AMMAN, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the “cessation of hostilities” agreement does not take...

    The Ruling on Julian Assange Sheds Light on the Limitations of UN Human-Rights Powers
    Feb13

    The Ruling on Julian Assange Sheds Light on the Limitations of UN Human-Rights Powers

    Wikileaks founder Julian Asange speaks from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, February 5, 2016. (Rex Features via AP) The case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for more than three years to avoid extradition to Sweden to face a sexual-assault investigation, should reopen...

    Left behind in Eastern Ukraine
    Feb13

    Left behind in Eastern Ukraine

    One year after the ceasefire agreement, we return to Eastern Ukraine to hear the stories of those left behind. …read more Source: AL...

    Pope, patriarch meet in Cuba nearly 1,000 years after split
    Feb12

    Pope, patriarch meet in Cuba nearly 1,000 years after split

    POPE FRANCIS IN THE NEWSPope Francis will visit Juarez in February | 03:41The pope hasn’t been this close to Phoenix since Pope John Paul II visited in the 1980s. Rafael Carranza, who covered the Pope in Rome, breaks down what this means for Phoenix residents and Catholics. The Arizona Republic 1 of 23 POPE FRANCIS IN THE NEWSPope Francis...

    Russia and Iran are fighting together – but are they as close as they seem?
    Feb12

    Russia and Iran are fighting together – but are they as close as they seem?

    After years of isolation, Iran is slowly coming back in from the cold after the deal to curb its nuclear programme. And as it starts to reassert itself more openly in the world order, it’s rekindling a stormy affair with an old flame: Russia. The two countries have discussed opening a joint bank, co-operation in space research, and...

    “Cessation of hostilities” in Syria lets Russia keep bombing
    Feb12

    “Cessation of hostilities” in Syria lets Russia keep bombing

    By John Irish and Warren Strobel Major powers agreed on Friday to a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to halt Russian bombing poised to give government forces their biggest victory of the five-year-old war. If implemented, the deal would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. It has the...

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