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    Ukraine drops nonaligned status
    Dec29

    Ukraine drops nonaligned status

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian president has signed a bill dropping his country’s nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership. Petro Poroshenko told a news conference on Monday that he is working to reform the Ukrainian economy and its military forces to meet European Union and NATO...

    Ukraine’s president signs bill dropping nonaligned status; won’t seek NATO membership yet
    Dec29

    Ukraine’s president signs bill dropping nonaligned status; won’t seek NATO membership yet

    The Ukrainian president has signed a bill dropping his country’s nonaligned status but signaled that he will hold a referendum before seeking NATO membership. …read more Source: FOX...

    Russian Moves Provide New Mission for NATO
    Dec29

    Russian Moves Provide New Mission for NATO

    Russia’s more aggressive military posture in Europe during the past year has pushed NATO to take new steps to strengthen its defenses, providing it, analysts say, with a much-needed new mission. The change in NATO-Russia relations grew out of protests in Ukraine that led to the ouster of the country’s pro-Russian president. Russia...

    Russian Ruble Drops 7 Percent as Economy Shrinks
    Dec29

    Russian Ruble Drops 7 Percent as Economy Shrinks

    MOSCOW— The Russian currency extended its losses on Monday after a report showed the economy has started shrinking in annual terms for the first time since 2009 as the country is buffeted by falling oil prices and Western sanctions. Meanwhile, the government, which has been scrambling to support the ruble and the economy, announced fresh steps to...

    European stocks slide as Greece fails to elect leader
    Dec29

    European stocks slide as Greece fails to elect leader

    London (AFP) – European stock markets mainly slumped on Monday following the holiday break, as attention focused on Greece’s failure to elect a president, triggering sharp losses for share prices in Athens.In early afternoon deals, Frankfurt’s DAX 30 lost 0.53 percent to 9,869.44 points and the CAC 40 in Paris dipped 0.07...

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: America’s longest war is officially over; The Islamic State executes nearly 2,000 in six months; Russia declares NATO expansion a national security threat; and much more.
    Dec29

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: America’s longest war is officially over; The Islamic State executes nearly 2,000 in six months; Russia declares NATO expansion a national security threat; and much more.

    By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The war in Afghanistan, America’s longest, is now formally over. The 13-year war, which claimed more than 2,200 American lives and cost more than one trillion dollars, ended quietly at a ceremony in Kabul yesterday. U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western leaders promised their ongoing commitment...

    Gormley: In defence of outrage
    Dec29

    Gormley: In defence of outrage

    The latest trend in Internet outrage is to be outraged by outrage, and its target may as well be me. Me, along with everyone else who writes about outrageous things for a newspaper, or shakes their fist while reading about the outrageous things described in newspapers. There are lots of us out there: people irritated by irritating things. Maybe...

    Republican horses at the starting gate malaise
    Dec29

    Republican horses at the starting gate malaise

    It’s the 29th of December and the annual case of General Malaise has infected me. It’s left me worried, not about politics or whether the White House will continue its dismantling of America and Obama’s use of the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a doormat on which he can scrub his soul (if he has one). It really doesn’t...

    Russia’s Media Machine Looks West
    Dec29

    Russia’s Media Machine Looks West

    In 2014, Russian propaganda outlets ramped up beyond Russia’s borders. If the Kremlin’s aim at home is to convince a captive audience, the goal abroad may be to confuse. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Canada ‘stood up strongly abroad for Canadian values’ in 2014: Baird
    Dec29

    Canada ‘stood up strongly abroad for Canadian values’ in 2014: Baird

    Calling 2014 “an unprecedented year in the fight for freedom and security around the world,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada responded to various crises the way it knows best. “Canada has always approached global challenges from a principled position,” Baird said, explaining the country’s involvement in conflicts in Europe...