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    New recruits tearfully waved off in Kiev
    Jan30

    New recruits tearfully waved off in Kiev

    Tearful scenes play out at a recruiting office in Kiev as dozens of reservists were called up to participate in the fighting in the east of Ukraine. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    EU to Extend Existing Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine
    Jan30

    EU to Extend Existing Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

    BRUSSELS—The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday. “We have shown that the EU is ready to take further measures,” EU foreign affairs chief Federica...

    Ukraine: Russia-Backed Rebels Overrun Another Town in East
    Jan30

    Ukraine: Russia-Backed Rebels Overrun Another Town in East

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine—Ukraine’s military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by Russian-backed separatist forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a strategically valuable railway hub. A soldier wounded in combat for the town, Vuhlehirsk, said armored vehicles and tanks were used in the attack on government positions,...

    EU Official Expects Clashes but No Rash Actions From Athens
    Jan30

    EU Official Expects Clashes but No Rash Actions From Athens

    ATHENS, Greece—The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country’s bailout — not rash actions from Athens. European Parliament president Martin Schulz said he had concluded after discussions with 40-year-old Prime Minister...

    New Russia sanctions: How far will they go?
    Jan30

    New Russia sanctions: How far will they go?

    The grip of Western sanctions around the neck of the Russian economy may be squeezed even tighter this week, as the death toll in Ukraine rises. …read more Source:...

    Belarus Backtracks After Spooking Market With Debt Restructuring Talk
    Jan30

    Belarus Backtracks After Spooking Market With Debt Restructuring Talk

    Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko spooked bond markets on Thursday by speaking of a possible restructuring of $4 billion of Belarussian foreign debt falling due this year, then softened his comments to refer only to refinancing. During a marathon news conference the veteran Belarussian leader made the bombshell comment that Belarus might...

    Ukraine Fighting Creates New  Refugees
    Jan30

    Ukraine Fighting Creates New Refugees

    Thousands of people who thought the worst had passed have suddenly found themselves catapulted back into the crossfire and scrambling for safety in the dead of winter. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Oil Prices Changing the Face Of Global Geopolitics
    Jan29

    Oil Prices Changing the Face Of Global Geopolitics

    In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily Russian president was described growing up in a shabby St. Petersburg apartment, where he would often corner rats. Now, punished by low oil prices and Western sanctions...

    Russia Says It Would Consider Financial Help for Greece
    Jan29

    Russia Says It Would Consider Financial Help for Greece

    Russia’s finance minister said his country would consider providing financial support to Greece, raising the stakes for the European Union as it confronts the new Euroskeptic reality in Athens. Anton Siluanov told CNBC that Russia has not received a request from Greece for assistance, but his comments come days after the anti-E.U. party...

    Greece’s New Finance Minister Is A Loose-Lipped Blogger And A Snarky Media Critic
    Jan29

    Greece’s New Finance Minister Is A Loose-Lipped Blogger And A Snarky Media Critic

    Yanis Varoufakis is the new finance minister of Greece, after the far-left party Syriza won a resounding victory in Greece last week. Before being elected to parliament and named finance minister, Varoufakis was an economics professor and regular blogger. His site is called “Thoughts for our post-2008 world,” and it generally focuses...