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    IMF Gives Ukraine $1.7 Billion Loan After ‘Strong Start’ On Reforms
    Aug01

    IMF Gives Ukraine $1.7 Billion Loan After ‘Strong Start’ On Reforms

    The International Monetary Fund approved a second installment of loans for Ukraine despite uncertainties raised by the country’s heavy debts and conflict with Russian-backed separatist forces. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Weekend Roundup: Turkey Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Fight ISIS — And the Kurds
    Aug01

    Weekend Roundup: Turkey Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Fight ISIS — And the Kurds

    The Syrian quagmire, in which both the Islamic State and the Kurds have been fighting for territory, has now sucked in Turkey. Last week’s ISIS attack on Turkish soil, Kurdish gains along the Syrian border and the surprise advance of the secular and liberal pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, the HDP, in recent elections —...

    Canada’s $4B week: Tories make flurry of spending announcements before election call
    Aug01

    Canada’s $4B week: Tories make flurry of spending announcements before election call

    With the clock counting down to an election call expected this weekend, the Conservative government embarked on a campaign of dozens of taxpayer-funded photo ops and press conferences this week to highlight hundreds of government projects, before the tap gets turned off. According to a Citizen analysis, Conservative MPs announced — or in some...

    Miners are down, but they’re nowhere near out
    Aug01

    Miners are down, but they’re nowhere near out

    TORONTO – “This is the worst I’ve seen in 30 years.” The scene was the recent Sprott-Stansberry Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver. The subject was mining equities. And the opinion was becoming familiar… The price of gold is down by about 8% over the last five years. Precious metals miners, as measured by the Market Vectors Gold...

    Ukraine Says Pro-Russia Rebels Are Building a Dirty Bomb
    Aug01

    Ukraine Says Pro-Russia Rebels Are Building a Dirty Bomb

    Less than a mile behind the rebel front line in eastern Ukraine, the abandoned warehouses of the Donetsk chemical factory sprawl across a chunk of the city’s westernmost suburb. The homes surrounding it bear the scars of the past year’s artillery bombardment. Whole apartment blocks have been burned out, and low-rise buildings are...

    Russia May Stop Cooperating With US On Global Issues Like ISIS, Foreign Ministry Hints
    Aug01

    Russia May Stop Cooperating With US On Global Issues Like ISIS, Foreign Ministry Hints

    Russia has condemned fresh U.S. sanctions against its companies. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the United States was trying to aggravate tensions with Moscow. The Russian ministry said that the U.S. move would not be left without reaction. The ministry hinted in a statement that Washington continued to use the Ukraine situation as an...

    Where the federal leaders went in July’s unofficial campaign
    Aug01

    Where the federal leaders went in July’s unofficial campaign

    NDP Leader Tom Mulcair ramped up his travel in July as his party’s popularity swelled – focusing heavily on key battlegrounds of Toronto and southern Ontario – as part of a sustained effort to help Canadians get to know him better. Mulcair, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau all took differing approaches to...

    East Ukraine War: Donbas Self-Rule Decision Will Not Bring Peace, Says Top US Ambassador
    Aug01

    East Ukraine War: Donbas Self-Rule Decision Will Not Bring Peace, Says Top US Ambassador

    Constitutional changes approved Friday by Ukraine’s highest court to help end the war in Donbas are unlikely to bring an end to hostilities between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer said. The legal changes, which still must be approved by the parliament in Kiev, seek to allow the...

    U.S. Hits Russia with More Sanctions
    Aug01

    U.S. Hits Russia with More Sanctions

    The U.S. yesterday expanded its sanction regime to include 26 more individuals and entities, keeping pressure on the country over its continued aggression in Ukraine. The Hill reports: Under four separate executive orders, the Treasury Department on Wednesday designated and identified former officials and close associates of Ukrainian President...

    Canada to extend Ukraine mission, Harper announces
    Aug01

    Canada to extend Ukraine mission, Harper announces

    OTTAWA — Canada will extend its participation in NATO efforts to support security in central and eastern Europe until June 2016, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says. The extension of what is known as Operation Reassurance underlines Canada’s commitment to allies in the region, including Ukraine, Harper said. Canada’s participation in...