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    Kiev hopes for stalled truce talks despite separatist vow
    Jan31

    Kiev hopes for stalled truce talks despite separatist vow

    Kiev (AFP) – Kiev’s pro-Western leaders hope to hold truce talks on Saturday with pro-Russian separatists despite the rebels’ vow to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine if the negotiations should fail.The urgent new round of negotiations in Minsk that had been agreed for Friday under pressure from European envoys was...

    Kerry To Soon Visit Ukraine As Fighting Rages
    Jan31

    Kerry To Soon Visit Ukraine As Fighting Rages

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government as fighting spikes with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Kerry, Lavrov to Hold Talks on Ukraine
    Jan31

    Kerry, Lavrov to Hold Talks on Ukraine

    Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Ukraine and Germany next week for talks on issues including the heightened tensions over what the U.S. and its Western allies say is Russian aggression in Ukraine. Kerry is expected to raise the issue when he meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a security conference in...

    NATO: Georgia Training Facility Could Open in 2015
    Jan31

    NATO: Georgia Training Facility Could Open in 2015

    NATO said Friday that it hoped to open a training center in Georgia by the end of the year, signaling a strengthening of its relationship with the former Soviet republic that is likely to antagonize Russia. Georgia’s government has long hoped to join the military alliance. But Russia, which fought a 2008 war with Georgia over two...

    Aviation Leaders to Seek Mandate on Safety Standards
    Jan31

    Aviation Leaders to Seek Mandate on Safety Standards

    Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. Efforts to adopt new standards for global plane tracking and cooperation on the risks of flying over conflict...

    Forced Underground in Ukraine
    Jan31

    Forced Underground in Ukraine

    It’s a cruel winter in Debaltseve. Fighting rages around the eastern Ukrainian city. People seek shelter where they can — like in the basement of this art school. Living underground means relying on the kindness of others and the hope they will be willing to help out. This is now home to 16 people. Local resident Yuri says he has no...

    Russia Awards Crimean Bridge Contract to Putin Ally’s Company
    Jan31

    Russia Awards Crimean Bridge Contract to Putin Ally’s Company

    A company whose main owner is a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been awarded a contract to build a bridge linking mainland Russia with the Crimean Peninsula. A government order published Friday said Stroygazmontazh Corporation, whose majority owner is billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, was awarded the contract. Reports out of...

    Weekend Roundup: Greece Revolts!
    Jan31

    Weekend Roundup: Greece Revolts!

    No sooner did the global elites leave their annual talking shop high in the Alps at Davos last week than the people spoke in Greece. In a mutiny against an untenable status quo, those who are run over have revolted against those who run things. Now righteous populism must face economic, financial and political realities if other European states...

    Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided Over Conflict
    Jan31

    Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided Over Conflict

    People in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk districts find themselves right in the path of advancing Russian-backed rebels, who want to take back the territory they held at the beginning of the conflict last year. Many local residents are worried and afraid, but others say they would welcome the change, even when a rebel shell lands in...

    Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Ukraine
    Jan31

    Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed. Five people were killed as they were waiting for...