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Russia, Ukraine at Odds Over Singer’s Eurovision Performance
Mar23

Russia, Ukraine at Odds Over Singer’s Eurovision Performance

GENEVA – Eurovision song contest organizers say they have taken the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia’s contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country — a proposal that was immediately rejected by a Russian state broadcaster. The European Broadcasting Union says...

Le Pen Visits Russia Weeks before French Presidential Vote
Mar23

Le Pen Visits Russia Weeks before French Presidential Vote

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election, officials from her National Front party said Thursday. Her visit Friday comes on the heels of a trip this week to Chad, base of a French military operation that’s aimed at rooting out Islamic...

Former Russian Lawmaker Shot Dead in Ukraine
Mar23

Former Russian Lawmaker Shot Dead in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an “act of state terrorism” by Russia, an accusation the Kremlin angrily rejected. Voronenkov, who testified to Ukrainian investigators and criticized Russian policies after his move to Kiev last...

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot
Mar23

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘state terrorism’ after former MP shot

Ukraine accused Russia of “state terrorism” after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kiev on Thursday. Russia called the allegation “absurd”. Former MP Denis Voronenkov was killed by an assailant who was armed with a pistol...

US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief
Mar23

US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. This is part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned. Information about Manafort’s...

Ex-Trump campaign managerfaces new allegations over ‘black ledger’ payments
Mar21

Ex-Trump campaign managerfaces new allegations over ‘black ledger’ payments

A Ukrainian lawmaker today said he has fresh proof that President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, received illegal, off-the-books payments from the country’s toppled pro-Russian president. Coming a day after the FBI confirmed it is investigating potential links between Trump’s presidential campaign and alleged...

While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force
Mar19

While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force

The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower. The...

Half of Russians Willing to Live Under Sanctions
Mar19

Half of Russians Willing to Live Under Sanctions

Moscow.- Fifty-nine percent of Russians are willing to live under the regime of unilateral sanctions of the West, before changing in some way the foreign policy of his country with respect to Ukraine, revealed a poll in the capital today. Seventy-six percent of those polled believe that Russia does not need to fight for the lifting of...

In Beijing, Tillerson Urges China-U.S. Cooperation on N. Korea
Mar18

In Beijing, Tillerson Urges China-U.S. Cooperation on N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday pushed for closer China-U.S. cooperation on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program in his first face-to-face talks with top Chinese diplomats. Tillerson’s visit to Beijing followed his remarks in South Korea on Friday in which he warned that pre-emptive military action against...

German Minister Says Europe, U.S. Should Stick to Russia Sanctions
Mar17

German Minister Says Europe, U.S. Should Stick to Russia Sanctions

BERLIN – Europe and the United States should keep sanctions in place against Russia until there is progress in implementing the 2015 Minsk accords aimed at ending the violence in eastern Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. Tensions are again running high between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists: Kiev this...

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