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    Analysts: Ukraine’s Challenges Are Also Russia’s
    Dec29

    Analysts: Ukraine’s Challenges Are Also Russia’s

    Ukraine’s pro-European revolution succeeded this year in replacing its Russia-backed president with leaders favoring European integration. But the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea, and support for pro-Russia rebels in east Ukraine, has many worried the country will remain unstable or conditions will deteriorate into all-out war....

    Ukraine drops its nonaligned status
    Dec29

    Ukraine drops its nonaligned status

    Using a news conference to sign the legislation, which parliament had adopted last week, Petro Poroshenko vowed to reform Ukraine’s economy and military forces to meet European Union and NATO standards. While public support for joining the alliance has swelled after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March and...

    Putin Set to Meet With Ukrainian Counterpart and EU Leaders In New Year
    Dec29

    Putin Set to Meet With Ukrainian Counterpart and EU Leaders In New Year

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko will meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany in January in the Kazakh capital of Astana to discuss the ceasefire in the Ukraine’s east between pro-EU and pro-Russian forces, he told press on Monday. “My diplomatic year will start on January 15 in Astana with Normandy-style talks,”...

    AirAsia’s flamboyant CEO Tony Fernandes: ‘This is my nightmare’
    Dec29

    AirAsia’s flamboyant CEO Tony Fernandes: ‘This is my nightmare’

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — His airline empire began, Tony Fernandes likes to say, with the purchase of a bankrupt company for less than a dollar. Now, after years of growth that made him the king of Asian budget travel, the flamboyant Malaysian businessman is facing the horror of the disappearance of an AirAsia jet with 162 people on board....

    Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court
    Dec29

    Amal Clooney to Represent Armenia in European Court

    Here is a surprising news item being disclosed in this column — Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, wife of prominent actor and human rights activist George Clooney, will be one of the attorneys representing Armenia next month at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Some readers may wonder how a woman described by Elle magazine as having...

    A Good Season To Bury Bad News
    Dec29

    A Good Season To Bury Bad News

    From shock resignations to military offensives to crackdowns, bad news often strikes in late December while much of the world is busy ringing in the holidays. So far, Russia leads the trend. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Moscow court rushes verdict to Putin’s chief foe
    Dec29

    Moscow court rushes verdict to Putin’s chief foe

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Monday moved up the date of its verdict in a criminal case against President Vladimir Putin’s top foe in an apparent bid to derail a planned protest. Earlier this month, prosecutors asked the court to convict Alexei Navalny of defrauding a cosmetics company and to sentence him to 10 years in prison. Navalny...

    Ukraine president signs law abolishing neutral, non-aligned status
    Dec29

    Ukraine president signs law abolishing neutral, non-aligned status

    JC FinleyKIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law to abolish the country’s non-aligned status, and commented on the possibility of future NATO membership. …read more Source: United Press...

    Ukraine’s President Rules Out Offensive to Regain Lost Territory
    Dec29

    Ukraine’s President Rules Out Offensive to Regain Lost Territory

    KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President said on Monday he would meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on Jan. 15 in an attempt to restore peace to Kiev’s eastern territories and acknowledged Kiev lacked the resources to regain control by military means. He said he had spoken with U.S. President Barack Obama about the...

    Ronald Crelinsten: Fighting terrorism in 2015
    Dec29

    Ronald Crelinsten: Fighting terrorism in 2015

    2014 has seen its share of dramatic and shocking events: the Russian annexation of Crimea, the festering insurgency in eastern Ukraine, including the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane, the Hamas-Israel war, the mass kidnappings of girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the continuing horrors of the Syrian civil war. That last conflict took...