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    Russia’s ruble rocked by falling oil prices, tensions over Ukraine
    Dec02

    Russia’s ruble rocked by falling oil prices, tensions over Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia’s currency plummeted to new lows on Monday, falling more than 6% to almost 54 rubles to the dollar before recovering slightly to around 52 by evening. The ruble is now down about 42% against the dollar this year, making it the second-worst performing currency in the world behind Ukraine’s hryvnia See also:...

    Kerry to Assess Coalition Efforts to Fight Islamic State
    Dec02

    Kerry to Assess Coalition Efforts to Fight Islamic State

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling in Europe this week for talks with NATO foreign ministers and other officials on issues including terrorism, climate change and events in Ukraine. On Wednesday, Kerry will chair a ministerial-level meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition, a group that has been working to defeat Islamic State militants...

    EU Commissioner: New Ukraine Parliament will Push Reform
    Dec02

    EU Commissioner: New Ukraine Parliament will Push Reform

    BRUSSELS—The EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said the government in Ukraine is on a good path after his visit to Ukraine last Thursday and Friday. He was there during the opening session of the new parliament, Verkhovna Rada, the “first Parliament with the necessary majority for...

    MH17 jet wreckage ready for transport to Netherlands
    Dec02

    MH17 jet wreckage ready for transport to Netherlands

    Six more coffins carrying body parts of victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine on Friday, with nine victims of the July disaster still unidentified. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    Putin Drops South Stream Pipeline to EU, Courts Turkey Instead
    Dec02

    Putin Drops South Stream Pipeline to EU, Courts Turkey Instead

    Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts. The EU, at loggerheads with Moscow over Ukraine, and keen to reduce its energy dependence on...

    Moldovan pro-EU parties begin coalition discussions
    Dec02

    Moldovan pro-EU parties begin coalition discussions

    Like Ukraine, former Soviet republic has a separatist region favouring closer ties with Moscow, while pro-Russian party took largest vote share …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Putin says Russia scrapping South Stream gas pipeline, blames Europe
    Dec02

    Putin says Russia scrapping South Stream gas pipeline, blames Europe

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during a visit to Turkey on Monday that the Kremlin is scrapping its $10-billion South Stream pipeline project that would have bypassed Ukraine to bring natural gas to Southern Europe. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Poland’s Tusk Takes EU Helm, Promising Leadership
    Dec01

    Poland’s Tusk Takes EU Helm, Promising Leadership

    Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk took over as president of the European Council of EU leaders on Monday, promising strong leadership in foreign policy and “ruthless determination” to end Europe’s economic crisis. The center-right Tusk, 57, who led Poland for seven years of economic growth and rising EU influence,...

    Russia blocks Vimeo for not removing ISIS propaganda film
    Dec01

    Russia blocks Vimeo for not removing ISIS propaganda film

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia temporarily blocked access to the video-sharing website Vimeo on Monday after it failed to remove a propaganda video from the Islamic State that violated the country’s “extremism” laws. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s state broadcasting regulator, ordered Internet service providers in Russia to ban access to Vimeo after...

    Tory MP James Bezan personally delivers Ukraine aid
    Dec01

    Tory MP James Bezan personally delivers Ukraine aid

    OTTAWA – Canada’s junior defence minister has twice accompanied the delivery of non-lethal military aid to Ukraine in photo-friendly events which initially caught the air force off guard. A series of documents released under the Access to Information Act show Conservative MP James Bezan and a staffer were last minute additions to a C-130J...