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    Reports: French Leader Arrives in Moscow
    Dec06

    Reports: French Leader Arrives in Moscow

    MOSCOW— French President Francois Hollande is meeting with his Russian counterpart in an impromptu visit to Moscow, Russian news agencies report. The French leader met with Vladimir Putin at a Moscow airport on Saturday in an unexpected stopover visit, as he traveled from neighboring Kazakhstan back to Paris. Last month, France suspended the...

    France’s Hollande meets Putin on Ukraine crisis
    Dec06

    France’s Hollande meets Putin on Ukraine crisis

    Pair meet during a brief stopover at a Moscow airport …read more Source: The Globe and...

    ISIS, Ebola, and Putin: Old News?
    Dec06

    ISIS, Ebola, and Putin: Old News?

    The Ebola epidemic, ISIS’s ascent, and Vladimir Putin’s belligerence may be three of the most disruptive developments of 2014, but in 2015 they could all lose their potency. It’s hard to imagine such an outcome at the moment, of course, but then again most big news stories are devilishly difficult to predict. It is always...

    French president to discuss Ukraine crisis with Putin in Moscow
    Dec06

    French president to discuss Ukraine crisis with Putin in Moscow

    Almaty (Kazakhstan) (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande will make an unscheduled stop in Moscow later on Saturday to discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, his office said.Hollande will stop in the Russian capital on the way back home from a visit to Kazakhstan, a day after vowing to work towards a...

    Weekend Roundup: One Country, Two Dreams
    Dec06

    Weekend Roundup: One Country, Two Dreams

    If the sharply contrasting views of students in Xian or Beijing and Hong Kong are any indication, Deng Xiaoping’s ideal formulation of “one country, two systems” has morphed into another reality: one country, two dreams.George Chen writes that President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese Dream” competes with other...

    News of the Day From Across the Globe, Dec. 5
    Dec06

    News of the Day From Across the Globe, Dec. 5

    1 Holocaust victims; Thousands of Holocaust survivors and family members in the United States and elsewhere will be entitled to compensation from a $60 million French-U.S. fund, reparations to those deported by France’s state rail company SNCF during the Nazi occupation. In return, the United States is expected to help ease obstacles...

    Greece outraged by British Museum sculpture loan
    Dec05

    Greece outraged by British Museum sculpture loan

    LONDON (AP) — One of the British Museum’s much-disputed Parthenon Marbles was unveiled Friday after being sent in secret to Russia — a surprise move that outraged Greece, which has long demanded the return of the artifacts. The loan of the piece, an elegant depiction of the river god Ilissos, was the first time in two centuries that any of...

    Economic Success of Ukraine: A Shared Responsibility
    Dec05

    Economic Success of Ukraine: A Shared Responsibility

    A number of “prophecies” made by the world’s leading analysts spelled doom for the Ukrainian economy, and today, indeed, it is teetering on the edge. While the IMF, the international donors, and investors alike recognize the risk of putting money in Ukraine, I wanted to highlight an opportunity. Not just market access and a...

    Ukraine Tests Ground for Lasting Cease-Fire
    Dec05

    Ukraine Tests Ground for Lasting Cease-Fire

    KIEV, Ukraine—A one-day truce announced by Ukraine’s president will serve as a test to see if the fighting in eastern Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists can truly be halted, a military spokesman said Friday. President Petro Poroshenko’s declaration of a break next Tuesday in the fighting marks a new attempt to revive a...

    EU Urges Russia to Let Bosnia Join the Bloc
    Dec05

    EU Urges Russia to Let Bosnia Join the Bloc

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina—The European Union urged Russia on Friday to leave the Balkans out of its dispute with the bloc over Ukraine, and let the region proceed on its path toward EU and NATO memberships. Moscow has said that because of its strained relations with the West, it no longer supports Bosnia’s membership efforts and that...