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    The 10 most important things in the world right now
    Feb18

    The 10 most important things in the world right now

    Good morning! Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday. 1. Greece reportedly intends to ask for a six-month extension of its loan agreement, after rejecting an extension of its full bailout program. 2. The Syrian government is willing to test a ceasefire in Aleppo, the centre of clashes between pro-government forces and rebels, by...

    Putin Calls On Ukraine Troops Encircled at Debaltseve to Surrender
    Feb18

    Putin Calls On Ukraine Troops Encircled at Debaltseve to Surrender

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on pro-Russian rebels to allow besieged Ukrainian troops safe passage out of the encircled town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. Speaking Tuesday in the Hungarian capital, Putin also urged the Kyiv government to allow its troops to surrender. Putin spoke alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban...

    Ukraine concedes it is losing control of strategic rail hub to pro-Russian rebels
    Feb18

    Ukraine concedes it is losing control of strategic rail hub to pro-Russian rebels

    SVITLODARSK, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military admitted Tuesday that it no longer had full control over the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, as rebel leaders claimed to have seized broad swaths of ground in street-by-street combat, including the train station. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Pro-Russia separatists ignore Ukraine cease-fire deadline, push deeper into Debaltseve
    Feb18

    Pro-Russia separatists ignore Ukraine cease-fire deadline, push deeper into Debaltseve

    Russian-backed separatists kept up a barrage of shelling and made strategic territorial gains in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday as a key cease-fire deadline came and went, triggering fresh speculation that Moscow hopes to carve out a land bridge to the Crimean Peninsula before Western powers take a military stand in … …read more Source:...

    Biden condemns Ukraine cease-fire violations
    Feb18

    Biden condemns Ukraine cease-fire violations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is condemning violations of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine that the White House is blaming on… …read more Source:...

    Ukraine, separatists in fierce fight for key railway hub
    Feb18

    Ukraine, separatists in fierce fight for key railway hub

    Ukrainian army denies separatists have taken control of Debaltseve, but acknowledges parts of the strategic town have been seized …read more Source:...

    Still dreaming of a miracle in Ukraine
    Feb18

    Still dreaming of a miracle in Ukraine

    On the eve of the Minsk summit last week, acknowledging the dire plight of his outgunned and almost encircled armed forces, a visibly exhausted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said, “I know. But maybe we will get a miracle. Yes, a miracle.” It reminded me of what former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt said about Ukraine’s hope for...

    The Geopolitical Stakes of America’s Trade Policy
    Feb18

    The Geopolitical Stakes of America’s Trade Policy

    This century’s defining battle could be won or lost without a shot fired. As President Barack Obama’s National Security Strategy makes clear, the rules-based system we have led since World War II is competing against alternative, more mercantilist models. Unlike past challenges to American leadership, this competition is primarily...

    What Putin Learned From Reagan
    Feb18

    What Putin Learned From Reagan

    There was a great power that was worried about its longtime rival’s efforts to undermine it. Its leaders thought the rival power was stronger and trying to throw its weight around all over the world. In fact, this longtime rival was now interfering in places the declining state had long regarded as its own backyard. To protect this...

    Battle for strategic Ukranian city continues despite cease-fire
    Feb18

    Battle for strategic Ukranian city continues despite cease-fire

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — A battle for a railroad town in eastern Ukraine escalated sharply Tuesday, with both the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed militants saying that their soldiers were engaging in pitched street battles. Rebels reportedly have sent text messages to phones in the town, telling the soldiers there that they have been abandoned by...