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    Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead
    Feb28

    Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

    MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said. He was 55. Nemtsov’s death comes just a day before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule. The Kremlin said that Putin will personally oversee the...

    Prominent Russian Opposition Figure Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead
    Feb28

    Prominent Russian Opposition Figure Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

    MOSCOW—Russia’s Interior Ministry says Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister, has been shot and killed near the Kremlin. Nemtsov, a sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was killed early Saturday. His death comes just a day before a major opposition rally in Moscow. The Interior Ministry, which...

    Weekend Roundup: A Sigh of Relief in Europe
    Feb28

    Weekend Roundup: A Sigh of Relief in Europe

    Though nothing is finally settled, Europe this week breathed a sigh of relief. Greece’s Syriza-led government backed down in its confrontation with its EU partners over austerity policies and, after bloody skirmishes in the early days of a new cease-fire agreement, the combatants in Ukraine backed off. Not everyone was happy in Greece,...

    Russia and Ukraine Calm Feud Over Natural Gas Payments
    Feb28

    Russia and Ukraine Calm Feud Over Natural Gas Payments

    A payment dispute that had been casting a shadow over European energy markets appeared to be winding down on Friday, as both countries agreed to European-brokered negotiations. …read more Source: The New York...

    Report: Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Killed in Moscow
    Feb28

    Report: Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Killed in Moscow

    Boris Nemtsov has been killed in central Moscow, Russia, according to Russian news agency Interfax and various other local media publications. Nemtsov was shot four times and police are investigating his death, according to the Moscow Interior Ministry. A white vehicle approached Nemtsov and several shots rang out before the car drove away. The...

    A major Russian opposition figure was just assassinated in Moscow
    Feb28

    A major Russian opposition figure was just assassinated in Moscow

    Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in Moscow today. Nemtsov served as a deputy prime minister and a regional governor in the 1990s under previous Russian president Boris Yeltsin, and advised Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko after Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” in 2004. More recently, he...

    This is all that’s left of the strategically crucial Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine
    Feb28

    This is all that’s left of the strategically crucial Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine

    After nearly eight months of pitched battles between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists, the Donetsk airport fell to the rebel forces at the end of January. The defeat was a major loss for the Ukrainian government. This separatist win was followed a month later by the encirclement of almost 8,000 Ukrainian soldiers at the...

    Leonard Nimoy said a chance meeting with a young JFK changed his life
    Feb27

    Leonard Nimoy said a chance meeting with a young JFK changed his life

    Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his iconic role as Spock in “Star Trek,” died at age 83 on Friday. In 2012, he reflected on his life in a commencement speech to Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. He told the story of how a chance meeting with future president John F. Kennedy inspired him when he was at a low point...

    How to make NATO matter again
    Feb27

    How to make NATO matter again

    On 5 March, 1946 Winston Churchill gave his famous “Sinews of Peace” speech at Fulton, Missouri, in which he warned of an “iron curtain” descending across Europe. Less well known is this passage, in which Churchill talked strategy: “What, then, is the overall strategy that we should inscribe today? It is nothing less than the safety and welfare,...

    Fighting eases in eastern Ukraine but economic collapse now looms
    Feb27

    Fighting eases in eastern Ukraine but economic collapse now looms

    Fighting has eased between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists in recent days as both sides have begun to withdraw heavy weapons but the greater danger now confronting Ukrainians is collapse of their debt-strangled economy. …read more Source: Los Angeles...