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    Merkel Tells Putin No Astana Summit Without Progress In Ukraine
    Jan11

    Merkel Tells Putin No Astana Summit Without Progress In Ukraine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that a four-way summit on the Ukraine crisis will not be held until progress has been made on the Minsk peace plan. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Merkel speaks with Putin, Poroshenko on Ukraine
    Jan11

    Merkel speaks with Putin, Poroshenko on Ukraine

    Berlin (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko on the situation in Ukraine, the German government spokesman said.The separate conversations came ahead of a meeting Monday in Berlin of the Russian, Ukrainian and German foreign ministers.Merkel’s talks concerned...

    France prepares for mass anti-terrorism rally, hunts for suspect
    Jan11

    France prepares for mass anti-terrorism rally, hunts for suspect

    PARIS (AP) — France is vowing to combat terrorism with “a cry for freedom” at a giant rally for unity after three days of bloodshed. The rally in Paris on Sunday is a huge security challenge for a nation on alert for more violence, after 17 people and three al-Qaida-inspired gunmen were killed over three days of attacks on a satirical newspaper,...

    No Ukraine Summit Without Progress On Peace Plan, Merkel Tells Putin
    Jan11

    No Ukraine Summit Without Progress On Peace Plan, Merkel Tells Putin

    BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone on Saturday that a four-way summit to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine would not take place until there was real progress on the Minsk peace plan. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement after the phone call...

    White House to Host U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron
    Jan11

    White House to Host U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron

    Obama and Cameron plan to discuss economy and trade, cybersecurity, Iran, ISIS and counterterrorism, Ebola, and Russia’s actions in Ukraine. …read more Source:...

    Official: Hayat Boumeddiene, Woman Sought In French Attacks, Passed Through Turkey
    Jan11

    Official: Hayat Boumeddiene, Woman Sought In French Attacks, Passed Through Turkey

    PARIS (AP) — France vowed to combat terrorism with “a cry for freedom” in a giant rally for unity Sunday after three days of bloodshed that horrified the world. Police searched for a woman linked to the three al-Qaida-inspired attackers, but a Turkish official said she appears to have already slipped into Syria. The rally Sunday is...

    Seizing Assets in Crimea, From Shipyard to Film Studio
    Jan10

    Seizing Assets in Crimea, From Shipyard to Film Studio

    The prime minister and other officials have said the seized property is being nationalized because it was originally acquired illegally. …read more Source: The New York...

    Russia May Demand Early Repayment Of Ukraine Loan
    Jan10

    Russia May Demand Early Repayment Of Ukraine Loan

    Russian news agencies quoted Finance Minister Anton Siluanov as saying that Moscow had “every reason” to demand repayment, as Ukraine’s public debt has exceeded 60 percent of gross domestic product, violating the terms of the bond issue. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Europe’s Big Fat Food Problem
    Jan10

    Europe’s Big Fat Food Problem

    Aross Europe, families have been eating the most traditional meals of the year – the great blow-out that for most of us is the key ritual of Christmas, the New Year, the Feast of the Epiphany and the winter solstice. A stroll down a European shopping street these days might tell a visitor that our food culture has become dull and homogenised,...

    Russia Says Ukraine Violated Terms Of $3B Loan, May Demand Early Repayment
    Jan10

    Russia Says Ukraine Violated Terms Of $3B Loan, May Demand Early Repayment

    It is “likely” that Russia will demand an early repayment of a $3 billion loan it gave to Ukraine as the latter violated “a number of parameters” that were preconditions for the loan, a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told state-owned news agency Sputnik. The report comes even as Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov...