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    Ukraine cease-fire deadline provokes bitter last-gasp battle
    Feb14

    Ukraine cease-fire deadline provokes bitter last-gasp battle

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine — Russian-backed separatists mounted a vicious assault Friday in eastern Ukraine ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline, pummeling a strategic railway hub with wave upon wave of shelling in a last-minute grab for territory. Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Petro Mekhed, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, as saying that...

    Weekend Roundup: Merkel in the Middle as Post-Cold War Europe Falters
    Feb14

    Weekend Roundup: Merkel in the Middle as Post-Cold War Europe Falters

    The whole idea of European integration was to anchor Germany in Europe to avoid another world war and to spread prosperity across the continent with a single market and common currency. Russia agreed to German unification after the Cold War in exchange for the West not absorbing Europe’s eastern frontier into its sphere of influence. Now...

    Russia Earthquake: Official Says There was None Near Border with Ukraine, Belarus
    Feb14

    Russia Earthquake: Official Says There was None Near Border with Ukraine, Belarus

    The U.S. Geological Survey on Friday retracted a post that said there was 6.8-magnitude earthquake near the Russia-Ukraine border. Reuters reported: “USGS Geophysicist Paul Caruso said the agency’s sensors mislocated an earthquake that was taking place elsewhere. “The Russia earthquake appeared on the USGS website while a series of strong...

    National Post View: A dubious ceasefire in Ukraine
    Feb14

    National Post View: A dubious ceasefire in Ukraine

    The fatal flaw in the agreement to end the fighting in Ukraine is not hard to spot. To succeed, it depends heavily on the good faith and goodwill of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has amply demonstrated he can’t be trusted on either count. The ideal solution to the clash between Ukraine forces and Russian-backed rebels would have...

    Fitch cuts Ukraine credit rating deeper in junk
    Feb14

    Fitch cuts Ukraine credit rating deeper in junk

    Washington (AFP) – Fitch downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating a notch deeper in junk territory on Friday, saying the conflict-hit country appeared likely to default.The rating firm lowered Ukraine to “CC” from “CCC”, saying that the new International Monetary Fund aid program announced Thursday would be...

    Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev’s Biggest Headache
    Feb14

    Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev’s Biggest Headache

    Introducing “lethal defensive weapons” into the Ukraine conflict seems the right thing to do. It confirms the visceral Western feeling that Russia — the country where, “they make no pretense of loving liberty” as Lincoln once put it — only respects force. American policy makers in particular are pushing for...

    Full Episode:  GMA 02/13/15: Fans Lining Up to See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
    Feb13

    Full Episode: GMA 02/13/15: Fans Lining Up to See ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    Possible Ukraine Ceasefire Underway; 25 People Propose in Epic Live ‘GMA’ Surprise …read more Source: ABC...

    ‘Don’t make me laugh’: Ukraine rebels mock impending truce
    Feb13

    ‘Don’t make me laugh’: Ukraine rebels mock impending truce

    Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels fight fiercely for control of a strategic railway junction despite a new peace deal brokered by Germany and France. …read more Source:...

    Will Upcoming Ceasefire In Ukraine Hold?
    Feb13

    Will Upcoming Ceasefire In Ukraine Hold?

    Rachel Martin talks to Associated Press reporter Peter Leonard about the situation on the ground in Ukraine ahead of Sunday’s planned ceasefire.» E-Mail This …read more Source:...

    Fitch Strips Austria of Triple-A Rating
    Feb13

    Fitch Strips Austria of Triple-A Rating

    Fitch Ratings stripped Austria of its pristine triple-A credit rating, saying government debt will reach a higher peak than previously thought, while also lowering its ratings on Ukraine. …read more Source: The Wall Street...