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    200 million people will tune in Saturday night to see the Eurovision Song Contest winner
    May14

    200 million people will tune in Saturday night to see the Eurovision Song Contest winner

    AP Photo/Martin MeissnerSTOCKHOLM (AP) — It’s got kitsch, international intrigue and an array of eclectic musical performances from Belgium to Armenia. The winner of the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be crowned at the end of a live show Saturday night that is being broadcast to an estimated 200 million viewers in Europe...

    Russia and Ukraine set to battle it out on stage at Eurovision
    May14

    Russia and Ukraine set to battle it out on stage at Eurovision

    By Daniel Dickson and Martin Lindstam STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Politics could take center stage at the usually kitsch Eurovision Song Contest… …read more Source:...

    Who Are the Crimean Tatars?
    May14

    Who Are the Crimean Tatars?

    The Tatar people have lived in settlements all across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union since the Middle Ages. The Tatars traditionally espouse the Sunni branch of Islam and have historically enjoyed a close relationship with Turkey and other Muslim peoples in the nearby Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia. The Tatar language is also part...

    U.S. To Move Forward With $1 Billion Loan Guarantee For Ukraine
    May14

    U.S. To Move Forward With $1 Billion Loan Guarantee For Ukraine

    U.S. Vice President Biden told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that the United States will move forward with a third loan guarantee agreement to support reforms against corruption. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    US-Nordic Summit Takes on Russian Aggression
    May14

    US-Nordic Summit Takes on Russian Aggression

    President Barack Obama said Friday that an agreement between the U.S. and five Nordic nations to increase cooperation in the face of rising Russian aggression is an effort to ensure that “smaller nations are not bullied by larger nations.” The president hosted the leaders of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland at the White House...

    Germany Accuses Russia of Being Behind Parliament Cyberattack
    May14

    Germany Accuses Russia of Being Behind Parliament Cyberattack

    Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says Russia was likely behind a cyberattack on Germany’s lower house of parliament last year, which forced its computer system to be temporarily shut down. The BfV intelligence agency said a group known as Sofacy, or APT 28, was behind the parliament cyberattack and said it has indications that...

    Ukraine hackers name thousands of journalists
    May14

    Ukraine hackers name thousands of journalists

    The list included reporters from the BBC, ‘USA TODAY,’ CNN, the ‘New York Times’ and Al Jazeera. …read more Source: USA...

    Belarus capital Minsk receives first Limmud Jewish learning event
    May14

    Belarus capital Minsk receives first Limmud Jewish learning event

    (JTA) — Hundreds of Jews from across Belarus gathered in the capital Minsk for its first Limmud conference, a festival of Jewish learning that also drew visitors from Israel to the isolated country in Eastern Europe. Approximately 750 people came to the three-day event’s opening session Friday, organized by Limmud FSU together with...

    Russia is pinning its Eurovision hopes on a gay-friendly singer who spurns its Crimean policy
    May14

    Russia is pinning its Eurovision hopes on a gay-friendly singer who spurns its Crimean policy

    For Russia’s leaders, Eurovision is no minor frivolity. When Russia won the contest for the first time in 2008, Vladimir Putin himself made a surprise entrance at one of the rehearsals, to reinforce the music competition’s priority status in bringing Russia’s cultural ascendance to the world. And when Azerbaijan didn’t...

    European Missile Defense Sites: Rolling Back the Russian Bear
    May13

    European Missile Defense Sites: Rolling Back the Russian Bear

    Dan Goure Missile Defenses, Europe It is a good thing when Washington refuses to be intimidated by the thugs in the Kremlin. Today marks the first significant setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Europe. For more than two years, Russia has been on the march in Europe and elsewhere, undermining the political and economic...