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    Dutch probing what intelligence agencies knew about flight risks before MH17 downed in Ukraine
    Jan06

    Dutch probing what intelligence agencies knew about flight risks before MH17 downed in Ukraine

    Dutch authorities are launching an investigation into what Dutch intelligence agencies knew about the risks of flying through Ukrainian airspace before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed in July. …read more Source: FOX...

    Experts: Despite pressure, EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis won’t end soon
    Jan06

    Experts: Despite pressure, EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis won’t end soon

    EU sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine are cutting both ways and pinching some big European companies. …read more Source: FOX...

    Despite pressure, EU’s sanctions against Russia could last
    Jan06

    Despite pressure, EU’s sanctions against Russia could last

    PARIS (AP) — EU sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine are cutting both ways and pinching some big European companies. But economic relief isn’t likely any time soon, diplomats and analysts say: EU rules make the sanctions tough to overturn. France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to set up talks in Astana, Kazakhstan,...

    For some Russians, mortgage costs soaring due to ruble slide
    Jan06

    For some Russians, mortgage costs soaring due to ruble slide

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — When they took out a mortgage on a small two-room apartment seven years ago, Oksana Li and her husband hoped to make a new home for themselves and their young son. Now, like thousands of other Russians, they are seeing that dream unravel as they are unable to make payments — even by working longer hours and a second...

    Davos forum of power brokers, business leaders to draw 2,500
    Jan06

    Davos forum of power brokers, business leaders to draw 2,500

    GENEVA (AP) — Most European countries are sending their heads of state or government to this month’s gathering of world leaders and power brokers in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, while high-level delegations are expected from China, the United States, Japan and Russia. Organizers of the World Economic Forum said Tuesday that the...

    Crimea soccer fans deeply loyal to their teams despite tensions between Ukraine, Russia
    Jan06

    Crimea soccer fans deeply loyal to their teams despite tensions between Ukraine, Russia

    Crimea’s soccer fans, especially the tough and boisterous young men who frequent the games, are as devoted as ever, even as political tensions cloud the region’s teams. In the wake of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, the European soccer federation UEFA in December banned Crimean soccer clubs from...

    Ukraine Suffers Highest Annual Inflation Rate In 14 Years
    Jan06

    Ukraine Suffers Highest Annual Inflation Rate In 14 Years

    Ukraine’s annual inflation rate reached nearly 25 percent during 2014, the highest rate seen there in 14 years. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Crimean soccer fans loyal to their teams despite tensions
    Jan06

    Crimean soccer fans loyal to their teams despite tensions

    KRASNOGVARDEISKOYE, Crimea (AP) — Crimea’s soccer fans, especially the tough and boisterous young men who frequent the games, are as devoted as ever, even as political tensions cloud the region’s teams. In the wake of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, the European soccer federation UEFA in...

    Putin’s Eurasian Dream Is Over Before It Began
    Jan06

    Putin’s Eurasian Dream Is Over Before It Began

    On Jan. 1, one of Vladimir Putin’s most ambitious foreign policy projects and a longtime Kremlin dream became a reality. Unfortunately for Putin and his colleagues in Moscow, nothing about the plan will work. The Eurasian Economic Union — a post-Soviet economic bloc of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia — was designed to...

    Do Chinese Care About ‘American Decline?’ In 2014, They Did Only Twice
    Jan06

    Do Chinese Care About ‘American Decline?’ In 2014, They Did Only Twice

    For Americans, the term “American decline” may conjure up any number of bleak scenarios, from economic stagnation to the creeping corrosion of a liberal international order, or simply a vague, intangible dread. When confronted with this notion, it’s hard not to imagine everyday Chinese chortling at their geopolitical rival’s weakness...