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    FP’s Situation Report: U.N. peace efforts in Syria backfire; U.S. and Iranian interests align in Yemen; Carter cruises to confirmation; and much more from around the world.
    Feb13

    FP’s Situation Report: U.N. peace efforts in Syria backfire; U.S. and Iranian interests align in Yemen; Carter cruises to confirmation; and much more from around the world.

    By David Francis with Sabine Muscat U.N. peace plans in Syria backfire. The U.N. was counting on fears about the rise of the Islamic State to bring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and groups who oppose him to the bargaining table. Months later, the opposite has occurred. FP’s Colum Lynch: “In the end, the Syrian government and the...

    Ukraine Says 8 Troops Killed in Past 24 Hours Despite Peace Deal
    Feb13

    Ukraine Says 8 Troops Killed in Past 24 Hours Despite Peace Deal

    MOSCOW — Despite a peace deal and a looming cease-fire deadline, Ukraine said Friday that eight soldiers were killed and 34 wounded overnight. Vladislav Seleznyov, spokesman for the Ukrainian army general staff, said in comments carried by Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday that much of the fighting had taken place in Debaltseve, a key...

    Five stories in the news today, Feb. 13
    Feb13

    Five stories in the news today, Feb. 13

    Five stories in the news today, Feb. 13, from The Canadian Press:MOHAMED FAHMY LEAVES PRISON AFTER GRANTED RELEASE ON BAILAfter more than 400 days in a Cairo prison, Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy was freed late Thursday, less than 24 hours after an Egyptian court ordered him released on bail. However, the 40-year-old’s legal battles are...

    Deadly fighting in Ukraine as ceasefire deadline nears
    Feb13

    Deadly fighting in Ukraine as ceasefire deadline nears

    Despite a peace deal and a looming ceasefire deadline, Ukraine said Friday that eight soldiers were killed and 34 wounded overnight. …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Greek shares rally on hopes for debt deal with eurozone
    Feb13

    Greek shares rally on hopes for debt deal with eurozone

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    Ukraine death toll grows after fragile peace deal signed
    Feb13

    Ukraine death toll grows after fragile peace deal signed

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – At least 15 people have been killed in east Ukraine in new shelling despite the signing of a peace deal to end the 10-month conflict.Pro-Moscow rebels and government officials said Friday that seven civilians were killed across the conflict zone during the past 24 hours while Ukraine’s military said eight...

    EU stands by sanctions against Russia after Ukraine truce sealed
    Feb13

    EU stands by sanctions against Russia after Ukraine truce sealed

    MINSK, Belarus — A last-gasp cease-fire to stem the conflict that has devastated eastern Ukraine failed to ease skepticism over the prospects for peace, as European leaders said the Moscow government will have to wait for relief from economic sanctions. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    The Daily Vertical: War By Other Means
    Feb13

    The Daily Vertical: War By Other Means

    The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    8 dead, dozens wounded in Ukraine despite peace deal
    Feb13

    8 dead, dozens wounded in Ukraine despite peace deal

    Amy R. ConnollyMOSCOW, Feb. 13 (UPI) — At least eight soldiers were killed and dozens more injured in overnight fighting in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement. …read more Source: United Press...

    Germany helps eurozone economy pick up speed in 4th quarter
    Feb13

    Germany helps eurozone economy pick up speed in 4th quarter

    Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, said economic output across the 18 eurozone countries was 0.3 percent higher in the fourth quarter than the previous three-month period. […] a cease-fire agreement in Ukraine has also eased one of the main uncertainties that have dogged the single currency zone over the past year. …read more...