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    Merkel, Hollande Push for Ukraine Peace
    Feb06

    Merkel, Hollande Push for Ukraine Peace

    A ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen more than 5,000 people killed. It’s a moment of brief respite after days of escalating violence. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French...

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda
    Feb06

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The war in Afghanistan is in NATO’s rearview mirror. For the first time in 13 years, the conflict was not on the meeting agenda as the alliance’s defense ministers gathered in Brussels Thursday. Instead NATO members focused on the latest military conflicts facing the alliance — the threat of Islamic extremists flowing...

    Russian Military Practices Helicopter Drills Near Ukrainian Border
    Feb06

    Russian Military Practices Helicopter Drills Near Ukrainian Border

    Russian Air Force personnel practiced precise shooting drills on Thursday (February 5) as part of a two-week training exercise in the Southern Military District of Russia that abuts Ukraine. Air Force pilots were joined by army helicopter teams as well. Pilots loaded rockets into Mi-28N “Night Hunter” and Mi-8AMTSh...

    Russia Flexes Muscles as Ukraine Talks Begin in Moscow
    Feb06

    Russia Flexes Muscles as Ukraine Talks Begin in Moscow

    Russian air force helicopters practice ‘precision’ shooting drills near the Ukrainian border. It’s part of a two-week training exercise in an area that abuts eastern Ukraine, now nine months into an armed rebellion by pro-Russian separatists. The show of military strength, comes amid intensified diplomatic efforts to end the...

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda
    Feb06

    First time in 13 years: Afghanistan not on NATO agenda

    First time in 13 years: NATO members at a meeting that started Thursday have focused instead on the latest military conflicts facing the alliance — the threat of Islamic extremists flowing out of North Africa and the Russian-backed separatists battling Ukraine’s government forces along the country’s eastern border. …read more...

    Former NATO chief says Putin’s true goal is to return to position of ‘great power’ and Europe isn’t ready to fight back
    Feb06

    Former NATO chief says Putin’s true goal is to return to position of ‘great power’ and Europe isn’t ready to fight back

    President Vladimir Putin has dangerous ambitions beyond Ukraine and aims to test Western resolve in the Baltic states, the former head of NATO has warned. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former secretary-general of the Atlantic alliance, said the Kremlin’s true goal was to shatter NATO solidarity and reassert Russian dominance over Eastern...

    Newsmaker of the day: Angela Merkel
    Feb06

    Newsmaker of the day: Angela Merkel

    Carsten Koall/Getty Images Ukraine’s descent into ever-deeper violence may be unstoppable, at least until much more blood is spilled. But if there is to be a diplomatic solution, it will almost certainly owe much to the interventions of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel is in Moscow today with French President François Hollande in the...

    Ukraine Passes Law to Shoot Deserters
    Feb06

    Ukraine Passes Law to Shoot Deserters

    The Ukrainian parliament has approved a motion to allow commanders in the armed forces to fire at army deserters and use force against servicemen for “negligence” or “drinking alcohol” while on duty. The motion was discussed in a session yesterday afternoon, with 260 MPs passing it out of a total 320, according to Ukrainian news agency Unian...

    Tania Bruguera: “In Cuba We Have Learned Our Duties Very Well But Not Our Rights”
    Feb06

    Tania Bruguera: “In Cuba We Have Learned Our Duties Very Well But Not Our Rights”

    Tania Bruguera (14ymedio) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 February 2015 – This coming February 22 Tania Bruguera should be in Madrid to present one of her works at the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, but she knows she isn’t going to make it. Trapped by Cuban justice since last December 30, when she was arrested during her...

    AP Interview: NATO head says Ukraine ceasefire top priority but must be properly monitored
    Feb06

    AP Interview: NATO head says Ukraine ceasefire top priority but must be properly monitored

    NATO’s chief says his top priority will be supporting French and German efforts to bring about a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but if a truce is negotiated it must be monitored so the Russian-backed separatists don’t use it to regroup and rearm. …read more Source: FOX...