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    10 things you need to know before European markets open
    Feb16

    10 things you need to know before European markets open

    Good morning! Here are the big stories you need to know in markets today. Greece’s big day is here. Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis meets with the eurozone’s other finance ministers today. He’s looking for a deal to keep Greece’s government funded temporarily, without any of the austerity conditions that have been...

    Ukraine ceasefire holds despite fight over railway hub
    Feb16

    Ukraine ceasefire holds despite fight over railway hub

    Fighting over a contested railway hub in eastern Ukraine continued Sunday despite a ceasefire. …read more Source: New York Daily...

    World briefs: Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine
    Feb16

    World briefs: Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine

    MINSK, Belarus — A cease-fire between pro-Russian militants and the Ukrainian government quieted heavy fighting that engulfed the conflict zone even as both sides traded blame for sporadic attacks. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Japan Stocks Gain on GDP Data
    Feb16

    Japan Stocks Gain on GDP Data

    Stocks in Japan were up with the country pulling out of a recession in the final months of 2014, although the latest conflicting stories out of Greece and Ukraine kept a cap on gains in Asia. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Ukraine truce shattered in battle for Debaltseve — where pro-Russian rebels say ceasefire doesn’t apply
    Feb16

    Ukraine truce shattered in battle for Debaltseve — where pro-Russian rebels say ceasefire doesn’t apply

    Shelling resumed around the contested Ukrainian town of Debaltseve Sunday, shattering a delicate truce and jeopardizing hopes of a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Guns fell silent across swathes of the front line at midnight on Saturday after Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist leaders issued public ceasefire orders. Both sides reported an...

    Israel Eyes European Jewish Immigration After Denmark Attack
    Feb16

    Israel Eyes European Jewish Immigration After Denmark Attack

    JERUSALEM, Feb 15 (Reuters) – After a deadly shooting at a Denmark synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday such attacks will likely continue and Israel would welcome European Jews who choose to move there. The attacks resembled the deadly shootings in Paris in January at the office of weekly newspaper Charlie...

    Marc Bennetts: How Putin is priming Russia for nuclear stand-off with the West
    Feb16

    Marc Bennetts: How Putin is priming Russia for nuclear stand-off with the West

    Earlier this month, as fighting raged in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and forces loyal to the Western-backed government in Kyiv, Dmitry Kiselyov, the pugnacious, middle-aged journalist who heads Russia’s main state news agency, gazed defiantly into a TV studio camera. “What is Russia preparing for?” he asked. As if in reply,...

    Ukrainian City Honors Rocket Attack Victims as Shaky Cease-Fire Comes Into Effect
    Feb16

    Ukrainian City Honors Rocket Attack Victims as Shaky Cease-Fire Comes Into Effect

    In Kramatorsk, Ukraine’s regional military headquarters for battling Russia-backed rebels in the east, officials held a memorial Saturday for those killed in a Tuesday rocket attack. A midnight cease-fire has stopped most fighting between Ukrainian forces and the rebels, though some sporadic clashes continue. Concerns remain focused on the...

    Welcome to Ukraine: One of the “Biggest Kleptocracies in the World”
    Feb16

    Welcome to Ukraine: One of the “Biggest Kleptocracies in the World”

    With all the media frenzy centering upon hostilities in Ukraine, it’s easy to lose track of the original goals of the Maidan revolution which occurred one year ago. Just what was the revolt all about in the first place? It’s a somewhat tricky question to ask since rebellion against the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych...

    Ukraine-Russia cease-fire jeopardized by continued fighting around Debaltseve
    Feb16

    Ukraine-Russia cease-fire jeopardized by continued fighting around Debaltseve

    Continued fighting Sunday around a key transport hub in eastern Ukraine threatened to derail the delicate cease-fire that went into effect over the weekend between Ukraine’s military and Russian-backed separatists. However, European leaders noted that the guns had gone silent in most other areas of the nation and expressed hope …...