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    Russian faceoff part 2 – Harper says Russia should never be allowed back into G-7
    Jun05

    Russian faceoff part 2 – Harper says Russia should never be allowed back into G-7

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that Russia should never be allowed back in the Group of 7 as long as Vladimir Putin is president, the Associated Press writes. Here is the rest of the Associated Press article: Harper said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that he expects the group won’t ever let Putin...

    Russian faceoff part one – U.S. considers installing missiles in Europe to improve ability to attack Russian targets
    Jun05

    Russian faceoff part one – U.S. considers installing missiles in Europe to improve ability to attack Russian targets

    The Obama administration is weighing a range of aggressive responses to Russia’s alleged violation of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty, including deploying land-based missiles in Europe that could pre-emptively destroy the Russian weapons, the Associated Press writes. Here is the rest of the Associated Press article: This “counterforce” option...

    Canada will never let Russia under Putin back into G7, Harper says
    Jun05

    Canada will never let Russia under Putin back into G7, Harper says

    TORONTO – Canada would never agree to allow Russia back into the G7 as long as Vladimir Putin is president, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday. In an interview with the Associated Press, Harper said Putin has the mindset of someone who believes the Cold War is still going on, and thinks that he can “change the ending somehow.” The prime...

    ‘Everything is destroyed’: Tug of war in eastern Ukraine takes toll on civilians, may forewarn new rebel push
    Jun05

    ‘Everything is destroyed’: Tug of war in eastern Ukraine takes toll on civilians, may forewarn new rebel push

    In a stark violation of February’s ceasefire, Russian-backed forces rained fire down Tuesday and the attack may foreshadow rebel offensive on key city of Mariupol …read more Source: Vancouver...

    Eastern Ukraine Remains Tense After Outbreak of Fighting
    Jun05

    Eastern Ukraine Remains Tense After Outbreak of Fighting

    (DONETSK, Ukraine) — Separatist and government troops in east Ukraine stood nervously poised hundreds of meters apart Thursday in the wake of bloody battle that has threatened to demolish what remains of the brittle cease-fire there. Underscoring anxieties in the Ukrainian capital, President Petro Poroshenko warned of a possible large-scale...

    A Russian chief rabbi stands by his strongman, aka Putin
    Jun05

    A Russian chief rabbi stands by his strongman, aka Putin

    Rabbi Berel Lazar, right, with congregants at an unfinished synagogue in Sevatopol, Crimea, July 14, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz) MOSCOW (JTA) – Rabbi Berel Lazar’s mother was eager for grandchildren. So she gave her 25-year-old son an ultimatum: He could return to his beloved Jewish outreach work in Russia if — and only if — he got married. His...

    ‘Everything is destroyed’: Tug of war in eastern Ukraine takes toll on civilians, may forewarn new rebel push
    Jun05

    ‘Everything is destroyed’: Tug of war in eastern Ukraine takes toll on civilians, may forewarn new rebel push

    Lebedinskoye, Ukraine — In a stark violation of February’s Minsk II ceasefire agreement, which banned the use of heavy weapons, Russian-backed forces rained fire down on this bucolic farming village for about 40 minutes Tuesday, demolishing 27 homes and shattering the lives of hundreds of peasants. “I have nothing to live on. Why? What for?...

    Ukraine’s President Tells Military To Prepare For ‘Full-Scale’ Russian Invasion
    Jun05

    Ukraine’s President Tells Military To Prepare For ‘Full-Scale’ Russian Invasion

    By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, June 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president told his military on Thursday to prepare for a possible “full-scale invasion” by Russia all along their joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months. His address in parliament was one of the first...

    Stephen Harper says Russia can’t rejoin G-7 with Putin in power
    Jun05

    Stephen Harper says Russia can’t rejoin G-7 with Putin in power

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday that Russia should never be allowed back in the Group of 7 as long as Vladimir Putin is president. Harper said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that he expects the group won’t ever let Putin back in. He made the remarks ahead of his trip to Ukraine and the Group of 7 meeting in...

    G-7 leaders seek answers from Obama on Russia, Islamic State issues
    Jun05

    G-7 leaders seek answers from Obama on Russia, Islamic State issues

    With European euphoria for President Obama now just a memory, leaders of the G-7 summit that begins Sunday in Germany are hoping simply for the president to lead on emergencies ranging from Russia’s aggression in Ukraine to the Islamic State terrorist group. Mr. Obama, who was greeted by hundreds of … …read more Source: The...