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Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia
Sep28

Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia

Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said communications intercepts showed that pro-Moscow rebels had called for...

Exclusive: How EU firms skirt sanctions to do business in Crimea
Sep21

Exclusive: How EU firms skirt sanctions to do business in Crimea

Products for sale in the Crimean stores of two European retailers are being shipped there from Russia via a ferry and port that are subject to EU sanctions, people involved in the transportation said, suggesting companies are finding ways around the punitive economic regime facing Moscow since 2014. Products carrying the brands of Germany’s...

Obama Urges Israel End Occupation and Palestinians Accept Israel
Sep21

Obama Urges Israel End Occupation and Palestinians Accept Israel

Both sides would benefit if Israel recognized it cannot permanently occupy Palestinian land and if Palestinians rejected incitement and recognized Israel’s legitimacy, U.S. President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday. Obama’s efforts to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement have failed over the nearly eight...

Pope, Refugees, Religious Leaders Pray in Assisi for World Peace
Sep20

Pope, Refugees, Religious Leaders Pray in Assisi for World Peace

ASSISI, Italy — Pope Francis met with war refugees and religious figures on Tuesday in Assisi, the hometown of the tolerance-preaching St. Francis, for a day of prayers for peace and pleas for more attention to victims of conflicts worldwide. Speaking about victims of war, Pope Francis lamented in a prayer service in St. Francis Basilica...

Pro-Kremlin Party Wins Big Majority in Russian Parliament
Sep20

Pro-Kremlin Party Wins Big Majority in Russian Parliament

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin sees the governing party’s huge gain in parliamentary elections as a vote of confidence in his government, despite a low voter turnout which suggests broad public apathy and dismay with the political process. United Russia, the main party supporting Putin, expanded its grip on parliament, winning...

Early Results: Ruling Party Winning Russian Parliament Vote
Sep18

Early Results: Ruling Party Winning Russian Parliament Vote

Early results on Sunday showed Russia’s ruling United Russia party winning in the parliamentary election amid reports of election violations and visible voter apathy in the country’s two largest cities. With more than 10 percent of the ballots counted, United Russia was recording 46 percent of the vote for party-list seats and far...

Pro-Putin party seen winning even greater sway in Russia’s parliament
Sep18

Pro-Putin party seen winning even greater sway in Russia’s parliament

The ruling United Russia party is expected to win even greater dominance over Russia’s lower house in a parliamentary election on Sunday, showing that support for President Vladimir Putin is holding up despite sanctions and a deep economic slowdown. The election for the Duma, or lower house, is being seen as a dry run for Putin’s...

Separatist Rebels, Government Troops Report Violations of Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreement
Sep15

Separatist Rebels, Government Troops Report Violations of Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreement

MOSCOW – Separatist rebels and government troops both reported violations of a cease-fire declared in eastern Ukraine at midnight on Wednesday as French and German foreign ministers were visiting the country in a bid to shore up a crumbling peace agreement. Rebels on Tuesday declared a unilateral cease-fire, and German Foreign Minister...

Germany and France See Fresh Momentum from Ukraine Cease-Fiire
Sep14

Germany and France See Fresh Momentum from Ukraine Cease-Fiire

KIEV — The German and French foreign ministers said on Wednesday an attempt to revive a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine from midnight could set the scene for agreement next week on further peace moves. Visiting Kiev with his French counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Ukraine had agreed to abide by a new seven-day truce proposed by...

VIDEO: Russia holds large-scale military drills in Crimea
Sep10

VIDEO: Russia holds large-scale military drills in Crimea

Russia on Friday deployed cruise missiles, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and its latest anti-aircraft system at massive military drills in Crimea. Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in April 2014 and since then has sent thousands of troops and heavy weaponry there. The defence ministry invited dozens of journalists on Friday to...

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