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    ‘They Are Our Martyrs of Today’: Pope Prays for Peace and the Persecuted Church in Christmas Day Address
    Dec25

    ‘They Are Our Martyrs of Today’: Pope Prays for Peace and the Persecuted Church in Christmas Day Address

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people. He denounced the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praised the countries that have taken in their refugees. Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the...

    Pope Condemns Islamic State Terrorism In Christmas Message
    Dec25

    Pope Condemns Islamic State Terrorism In Christmas Message

    By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged the world in his Christmas message on Friday to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that he said were causing immense suffering in many countries.Security was tight at the Vatican as Francis, marking the third Christmas since his election in 2013, read his...

    The Pope issued a Christmas day prayer calling for the UN peace process in Syria and Libya
    Dec25
    Pope issues Christmas Day indulgence, praises those helping refugees
    Dec25

    Pope issues Christmas Day indulgence, praises those helping refugees

    By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praising the countries that have taken in their refugees. Speaking from...

    Pope encourages UN-backed peace process for Syria, Libya
    Dec25

    Pope encourages UN-backed peace process for Syria, Libya

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is praying that recent U.N.-backed peace agreements for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people while praising the generosity of those countries that have taken in their refugees. Speaking from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Francis issued a Christmas Day peace appeal...

    Ukraine Adopts Tax Reforms Sought By IMF – Temporarily
    Dec25

    Ukraine Adopts Tax Reforms Sought By IMF – Temporarily

    Ukraine’s parliament approved a budget for 2016, fulfilling a key demand of the International Monetary Fund that enables it to keep providing Kyiv with loans. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine’s foreign-born ministers at the forefront of reforms
    Dec24

    Ukraine’s foreign-born ministers at the forefront of reforms

    KYIV – When Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov told Mikheil Saakashvili to “Get the hell out of my country!” to conclude their nasty shouting match at the December 14 meeting of the president’s National Reforms Council, he struck a nerve in the country. Ukrainians have been critical of the unprecedented number of foreigners serving in key […]...

    EU-Ukraine trade agreement goes into effect January 1
    Dec24

    EU-Ukraine trade agreement goes into effect January 1

    Last-ditch talks with Russia fail to resolve impasse over trade BRUSSELS – Last-ditch negotiations aimed at addressing Russia’s concerns about a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine ended without result on December 21. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the landmark trade agreement will go into force as...

    Destruction of Donbas economy  supports local Russia-backed ‘insurgency’
    Dec24

    Destruction of Donbas economy supports local Russia-backed ‘insurgency’

    The Donbas presents ample evidence that the Kremlin and local authorities support the economy’s dysfunction. Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s key energy company DTEK announced the restructuring of its $750 million and $160 million Eurobonds, which are set to mature in 2018 (Interfax-Ukraine, December 1). One of the main reasons for...

    Conserved conflict: Russia’s innovations in Ukraine’s east
    Dec24

    Conserved conflict: Russia’s innovations in Ukraine’s east

    Russia’s conflict undertaking in Ukraine’s east fits within patterns familiar from other post-Soviet conflicts initiated by Russia and conserved on Russian terms with international assistance (see Eurasia Daily Monitor, December 17). However, Russia’s war in Ukraine’s east involves a number of major political and military...