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    Putin orders Russian military drills amid Ukraine tensions
    Sep07

    Putin orders Russian military drills amid Ukraine tensions

    MOSCOW — Russian military units have been scrambled from their bases as part of snap drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin, the latest in a series of Russian war games amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.The Defense Ministry said the maneuvers that began Monday will last for five days and involve forces of the Central Military District,...

    Putin orders Russian military drills amid Ukraine tensions
    Sep07

    Putin orders Russian military drills amid Ukraine tensions

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military units have been scrambled from their bases as part of snap drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin, the latest… …read more Source:...

    Kyiv Seen As Using A Bit Of Street Smarts To Rankle Russia
    Sep07

    Kyiv Seen As Using A Bit Of Street Smarts To Rankle Russia

    Officials in Kyiv have renamed the street hosting the Russian consulate in honor of volunteer battalions fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The move is part of a long tradition of using street signs to rankle political foes. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    European farmers block Brussels streets in huge tractor protest
    Sep07

    European farmers block Brussels streets in huge tractor protest

    Brussels (AFP) – Belgian police on Monday fired water cannon at European farmers who lobbed hay and fireworks as they demanded EU intervention against plunging food prices partly blamed on a Russian embargo.The European Commission said it would release 500 million euros ($557 million) in emergency funds to help ease the pressure on farmers,...

    Saakashvili: Corrupt Officials “Only Playing Dead”
    Sep07

    Saakashvili: Corrupt Officials “Only Playing Dead”

    Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, now governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, has vowed to stamp out corruption in his jurisdiction. In recent days, he has run into trouble with Ukrainian leaders, accusing officials in Kyiv of sabotaging his reform efforts. In comments to RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, Saakashvili again spoke...

    For Russia’s Muslims, Mecca pilgrimage hopes drop with ruble
    Sep07

    For Russia’s Muslims, Mecca pilgrimage hopes drop with ruble

    MOSCOW (AP) — The plunge in the ruble currency is making Russians’ travels abroad hugely more expensive. For thousands of the country’s Muslims, that means more than just canceling a beach vacation, but putting on hold a once-in-a-lifetime religious experience — the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.Islam’s hajj pilgrimage,...

    France Wants Top-level Ukraine Talks, Hopes to End Sanctions
    Sep07

    France Wants Top-level Ukraine Talks, Hopes to End Sanctions

    France wants to hold a meeting among the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Germany in the coming weeks to resolve tensions around eastern Ukraine, in hopes of eventually lifting EU sanctions.French President Francois Hollande said Monday that he will propose such a meeting in… …read more Source:...

    Riot police in Brussels are struggling against 4,000 tractors blocking the streets
    Sep07

    Riot police in Brussels are struggling against 4,000 tractors blocking the streets

    Up to 4,000 farmers and their tractors have blocked the streets of Brussels in protest against plunging food prices in the EU. The protest comes just one week after French farmers staged a similar protest in Paris, except this time around, things have become far more violent. Videos posted online show riot police firing water cannons at the...

    NATO Chief To Visit Ukraine In September
    Sep07

    NATO Chief To Visit Ukraine In September

    Kyiv says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will visit Ukraine later this month, for the first time since taking office in March 2014. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    France Considering Airstrikes in Syria Against ISIS
    Sep07

    France Considering Airstrikes in Syria Against ISIS

    PARIS—France will send reconnaissance flights over Syria beginning Tuesday and is considering airstrikes in the fight against the ISIS group, President Francois Hollande said, calling it necessary to fight against the “terrorism and war” that have left Europe vulnerable to attack. The United States is leading a coalition of countries that has...