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    US Adds Four More Russians to Human Rights Sanctions List
    Dec30

    US Adds Four More Russians to Human Rights Sanctions List

    The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on four more Russians for alleged human rights abuses, including two officials said to be involved in the cover-up of the death of a lawyer who died in prison after exposing large-scale corruption. Visa bans and asset freezes also were imposed on two senior officials of the Chechen Republic implicated...

    In stormy weather and crowded skies, missing AirAsia flight could not get OK to change course
    Dec30

    In stormy weather and crowded skies, missing AirAsia flight could not get OK to change course

    By Trisnadi Marjan And Margie Mason SURABAYA, Indonesia — The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn’t say yes immediately — there was no room. Six other airliners were crowding the airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude. Minutes later, the jet carrying 162 people...

    Putin’s Dream of a Russian NHL Collapsing As His Economy Tanks
    Dec30

    Putin’s Dream of a Russian NHL Collapsing As His Economy Tanks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s love of the bravado and machismo of hockey is well known. He personally took in games at the 2014 Winter Olympics, glowering when the star-studded Russian team was bounced, and was in the locker room celebrating when Russia won the Ice Hockey World Championships in May. Putin often talks of turning...

    WATCH: Politicians behaving badly in 2014
    Dec29

    WATCH: Politicians behaving badly in 2014

    Because they live their lives in the public eye, politicians and elected officials inevitably have more exposure to cameras than your average citizen. Usually, this leads to stump speeches, sound bites, and your standard partisan attacks. From time-to-time, though, cameras are rolling during a moment our elected leaders would really rather...

    ‘Grexit’ spectre returns, but eurozone safer: analysts
    Dec29

    ‘Grexit’ spectre returns, but eurozone safer: analysts

    Brussels (AFP) – Fears of a Greek euro exit have returned with a bang after Athens called early elections on Monday, but steps taken after the financial crisis should stop the rest of the currency zone imploding, analysts say.The bigger issue is of political contagion across the EU, with anti-austerity parties across the continent likely to...

    Seven conflicts that merited more attention in 2014
    Dec29

    Seven conflicts that merited more attention in 2014

    While Syria, the Islamic State and Ukraine generated headlines, there was plenty of other mayhem that didn’t make the front pages as often. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Moscow Court Rushes Verdict to Putin’s Chief Foe Alexei Navalny
    Dec29

    Moscow Court Rushes Verdict to Putin’s Chief Foe Alexei Navalny

    MOSCOW—A Moscow court on Monday moved up the date of its verdict in a criminal case against President Vladimir Putin’s top foe in an apparent bid to derail a planned protest. Earlier this month, prosecutors asked the court to convict Alexei Navalny of defrauding a cosmetics company and to sentence him to 10 years in prison. Navalny, who has...

    No military solution to Ukraine conflict, country’s president concedes
    Dec29

    No military solution to Ukraine conflict, country’s president concedes

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko conceded Monday that his forces are unable to militarily defeat separatists backed by Russian mercenaries and armaments, and he called for a new attempt at negotiating an end to the fighting at an international summit on Jan. 15. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Ukraine Formally Scraps Non-aligned Status
    Dec29

    Ukraine Formally Scraps Non-aligned Status

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law revoking Ukraine’s non-aligned status as part of efforts to move the country closer to NATO, the western military alliance. Russia views NATO expansion as a threat and President Vladimir Putin last week signed a military doctrine reiterating those concerns. Poroshenko signed the...

    12 Geopolitical Predictions About 2015
    Dec29

    12 Geopolitical Predictions About 2015

    If 2014 proved anything, it’s that guessing at the state of the world a year down the line is a vain or even slightly embarrassing endeavor. Indeed, who could have expected a year ago that Russia would take over Crimea, ISIS would break out of Al Qaeda and declare a caliphate, the US would start bombing Syria and Iraq while approaching a...