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    Energy-rich Turkmenistan devalues currency against dollar
    Jan01

    Energy-rich Turkmenistan devalues currency against dollar

    Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) (AFP) – The energy-rich former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan devalued its currency against the US dollar by 18 percent Thursday, in the latest sign of contagion among Russia’s neighbours from the plunging ruble.The secretive Central Asian country has vast oil and gas reserves and has erected grandiose...

    Latvia Takes EU Reins Focused on Growth Plan, Border Defense
    Jan01

    Latvia Takes EU Reins Focused on Growth Plan, Border Defense

    Latvia took over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on Thursday, pledging to launch a 315 billion euro ($381 billion) investment plan for the bloc and hoping to start a review of Europe’s border defense. Latvia, which became an EU member in 2004 and adopted the euro a year ago, has said the investment plan unveiled by...

    The Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014
    Jan01

    The Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014

    The year 2014 was a one of contradictions, with stories only brought to life because of those journalists willing to go where the stories were. The Sochi Olympics were a time of inclusion and world harmony as nations gathered in Russia to put differences aside and celebrate the love of sport, but weeks later Ukraine and Russia were at each...

    Ukraine Says Rebels Keep Up Attacks Into New Year
    Jan01

    Ukraine Says Rebels Keep Up Attacks Into New Year

    Ukrainian separatists carried out sporadic attacks on government forces as the New Year began, wounding three soldiers, the Kyiv military said, as President Petro Poroshenko told the nation to brace for a year that would “not be easy.” The military said rebels had carried out several mortar and small arms attacks on Ukrainian positions in the...

    Struggling EU Hopes 2015 Bring Better Fortunes
    Jan01

    Struggling EU Hopes 2015 Bring Better Fortunes

    BRUSSELS— Beset by critics and buffeted by economic woes, European Union chiefs might have been forgiven for thinking that at least Pope Francis would apply some balm for the New Year in his address to the EU parliament. Not so. Even the pontiff spoke of a continent that was “elderly and haggard” facing a world which “regards it with aloofness,...

    Russians Optimistic for 2015 Despite It All
    Jan01

    Russians Optimistic for 2015 Despite It All

    MOSCOW— At the vast skating rink in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Russians say they’re looking forward to a 2015 that will be as smooth as the ice, despite the country’s economic and political difficulties. The ruble has sunk, tensions with the West are up, but the troubles seem to have produced a surge in national pride. “Russians are a...

    Troubled EU hoping the only way is up in 2015
    Jan01

    Troubled EU hoping the only way is up in 2015

    On Monday, parliament failed to approve a new president, forcing the government to call early elections for Jan. 25 — a poll that could re-ignite Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. An election that may bring to power leftists opposed to Greece’s harsh bailout conditions could dampen the enthusiasm generated by a December EU summit that...

    Ukraine says rebels keep up attacks into New Year
    Jan01

    Ukraine says rebels keep up attacks into New Year

    Poroshenko tells nation year would ‘not be easy’ …read more Source: The Globe and...

    It Was A Rough Road For U.S. Foreign Policy In 2014
    Jan01

    It Was A Rough Road For U.S. Foreign Policy In 2014

    The Obama administration was confronted in 2014 with a wave of foreign policy crises that sent it scrambling to mobilize U.S. military and economic might to stamp out fires across the globe. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russians optimistic for 2015 despite it all
    Jan01

    Russians optimistic for 2015 despite it all

    MOSCOW (AP) — At the vast skating rink in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Russians say they’re looking forward to a 2015 that will be as smooth as the ice, despite the country’s economic and political difficulties. The ruble has sunk, tensions with the West are up, but the troubles seem to have produced a surge in national pride. “Russians...