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    The leaders of Christianity’s two biggest churches will meet for the first time  in 1000 years
    Feb12

    The leaders of Christianity’s two biggest churches will meet for the first time in 1000 years

    REUTERS/Alexandre MeneghiniVatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis heads to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration. The Argentinian pontiff is due to spend around two hours in private conversation with Russian...

    In meeting Pope Francis, patriarch asserts Russia’s role
    Feb12

    In meeting Pope Francis, patriarch asserts Russia’s role

    MOSCOW (AP) — When Patriarch Kirill meets Pope Francis this week, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia’s leading role in the Eastern Christian world. Francis and Kirill — two clerics who could not be more different in style — took everyone by surprise when both churches announced last Friday...

    Ukraine Needs the IMF’s Tough Love
    Feb12

    Ukraine Needs the IMF’s Tough Love

    If Kiev fails to reform, the fund should be ready to carry through its threat to cut aid. …read more Source:...

    Ukraine Needs the IMF’s Tough Love
    Feb12

    Ukraine Needs the IMF’s Tough Love

    If Kiev fails to reform, the fund should be ready to carry through its threat to cut aid. …read more Source:...

    Biden Urges Poroshenko To Quickly Establish Unified Government
    Feb12

    Biden Urges Poroshenko To Quickly Establish Unified Government

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to quickly re-establish a unified government and carry out reforms sought by the West. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    No End to War in Sight
    Feb12

    No End to War in Sight

    If you believed America’s longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not. Departing U.S. commander Gen. John Campbell says there will need to be U.S. boots on the ground “for years to come.” Making good on President Obama’s commitment to remove all U.S. forces by next January, said Campbell, “would put the...

    Assertive Russia Looms Large At Annual Munich Security Conference
    Feb12

    Assertive Russia Looms Large At Annual Munich Security Conference

    The war in Syria, the refugee crisis and Russia’s border-bending interference on Europe’s eastern edge topped the agenda as senior officials gathered in Munich, Germany, for a high-profile annual security conference. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    OSCE Official Warns Of Worsening Rights Situation In Eastern Ukraine
    Feb12

    OSCE Official Warns Of Worsening Rights Situation In Eastern Ukraine

    A top OSCE official has warned that the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine is worsening and the transatlantic security organization is still barred from entering the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula to investigate alleged abuses there. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    What Russian Orthodoxy Wants From Pope Francis
    Feb12

    What Russian Orthodoxy Wants From Pope Francis

    Nicolai N. Petro Society, Europe This week’s Havana Summit is a historic opportunity. Although the Patriarchate of Constantinople holds a place of honor among the fourteen canonical Orthodox Churches, it is the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), the world’s largest, that has emerged as the leading spokesman for Orthodox Christians. Its...

    Two superpowers were responsible for a big chunk of last year’s increase in military spending
    Feb12

    Two superpowers were responsible for a big chunk of last year’s increase in military spending

    The 2016 edition of The Military Balance, the Institute for International and Strategic Studies’ definitive annual report on the state of the world’s various armed forces has some encouraging and not-so-encouraging news about global defense spending. On the one hand, growth in military spending is slowing down in the volatile Middle...