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    Tsipras Goes Hat in Hand to Moscow, Walks Away Disappointed
    Apr08

    Tsipras Goes Hat in Hand to Moscow, Walks Away Disappointed

    With Moscow facing increasing isolation by the European Union over its actions in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has in recent weeks pursued a canny strategy of attempting to undermine European solidarity against Moscow by picking at the weak points in his opponents’ armor. In February, he offered Hungary a generous gas deal....

    Joe Oliver: ‘Budgets do not balance themselves’
    Apr08

    Joe Oliver: ‘Budgets do not balance themselves’

    Darren Calabrese/CP For the record, prepared notes for Finance Minister Joe Oliver at the Economic Club of Canada on April 8: Good morning everyone. Let me begin by thanking Colleen Johnston for that kind introduction, and the Economic Club of Canada for hosting me today. It’s great to be back. I find myself speaking before one of the few...

    Time and Cash Running Out For Greece
    Apr08

    Time and Cash Running Out For Greece

    After Greece coughs up $504 million to make its next debt payment to the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, the country may soon face the difficult choice all bankrupt countries eventually have to make: Pay debts, or pay pensioners? Greek officials initially had threatened to delay the IMF payment, in hopes of getting the next installment...

    Czechs May Refuse to Fund President’s Visit to Moscow Parade
    Apr08

    Czechs May Refuse to Fund President’s Visit to Moscow Parade

    Czech president Miloš Zeman may have to fund his visit to Moscow next month himself if he decides to officially attend Russia’s May 9 military parade, the Czech Republic’s deputy prime minister has said. Zeman, who is the only EU leader to accept the invitation to attend the march as others have boycotted in protest of Russia’s...

    East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat
    Apr08

    East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat

    In the villages around the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine troops are continuing to exchange fire, with both sides accusing the other of using heavy artillery and tanks. The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council has said that pro-Russian rebels are increasing their combat readiness in...

    When the Going Gets Tough, Russia Turns to China
    Apr08

    When the Going Gets Tough, Russia Turns to China

    Russian state-owned energy firm Rosneft has seen better days. Oil prices are down 50 percent from last year, the ruble is tumbling, and, as Reuters reports, Western sanctions are denying it access to much-needed capital, financing, and technologies it needs to exploit new projects and unconventional reserves: State-controlled Rosneft has...

    Misery, Tuberculosis in Prisons of War-Torn East Ukraine
    Apr08

    Misery, Tuberculosis in Prisons of War-Torn East Ukraine

    ZHDANIVKA, Ukraine—The colony of cats living on the grounds of the Zhdanivka penitentiary disappeared when battles in east Ukraine peaked. Talk in the prison is that inmates ate them when food deliveries stopped. Medical supplies have also been in short supply, threatening the lives of nearly 400 prisoners who need treatment. The principal...

    US general: Russian long-range bombers are ‘messaging’ the US with provocative flights
    Apr08

    US general: Russian long-range bombers are ‘messaging’ the US with provocative flights

    Russia is using its long-range bomber fleet to “message” the US about Moscow’s international military capabilities, the US general in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said. Defense News reports Adm. Bill Gortney told reporters on April 7 that Russian long-range bombers are increasingly flying close...

    UN paid Russian air charters hundreds of millions while Putin invaded Ukraine
    Apr08

    UN paid Russian air charters hundreds of millions while Putin invaded Ukraine

    In the 14 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and sent proxy fighters to invade eastern Ukraine, Russian companies have won more than $212 million in United Nations contracts to ferry troops, supplies and equipment — on peacekeeping missions. …read more Source: FOX...

    Nigeria’s Military Woes
    Apr08

    Nigeria’s Military Woes

    Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to “spare no effort” to defeat Boko Haram. To do so, he must get the military in order and ready to lead the fight against the Islamist threat. Reuters reports: […I]t has been Chad’s battle-hardened troops, and not Nigeria’s, that have led in the offensive, expelling Boko Haram from...