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    Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine
    Nov15

    Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. Russia has been accused of escalating military activity and supplying troops and weaponry to the insurgency in the eastern part of Ukraine, where fighting has claimed the...

    This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, November 9 – 15
    Nov15

    This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, November 9 – 15

    Humans express their faith in a multitude of ways. These photos capture the diversity within faith practices that happen in our world in the span of just one week.Sofia, Bulgaria: November 11 Bulgarian Orthodox Church members commemorate Saint Mina (Saint Menas). Hundreds of people light candles and pray before the miraculous icon in the...

    As Criticism Mounts, Putin Camp Floats Early Exit From G20 Summit
    Nov15

    As Criticism Mounts, Putin Camp Floats Early Exit From G20 Summit

    Amid blunt criticism of Moscow’s actions in Ukraine from Western leaders, the Kremlin has denied a report that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave a G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, earlier than planned. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine to close state offices, bank services in rebel-held east
    Nov15

    Ukraine to close state offices, bank services in rebel-held east

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued several decrees on Saturday to shut state institutions and banking services in pro-Russian eastern regions, pressing a move to cut links with the rebel-held territory. …read more Source: The Toronto...

    Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia
    Nov15

    Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia

    Vladimir Putin is quitting a Group of 20 summit early after facing heavy criticism over what Western forces say are Russian combat troops entering Ukraine. The reception for Mr. Putin in Brisbane included sharp rebukes from Stephen Harper and Barack Obama. The Canadian Prime Minister told Mr. Putin flatly that he needs “to get out of Ukraine,”...

    Russia Expels German Diplomat
    Nov15

    Russia Expels German Diplomat

    Russia expelled a German diplomat in Moscow in retaliation for Berlin ordering the departure of a suspected Russian spy, a German official said, as tensions escalated between the two countries over the Ukraine crisis. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Vladimir Putin Gets Cool G-20 Welcome Over Ukraine Conflict
    Nov15

    Vladimir Putin Gets Cool G-20 Welcome Over Ukraine Conflict

    Mr, Putin faced a chorus of criticism at a world leaders’ summit, where the fighting in Ukraine threatened to overshadow talk of global economics. …read more Source: The New York...

    Interview: Ukrainian ‘Cyborg’ Describes Nine Days Defending Donetsk Airport
    Nov15

    Interview: Ukrainian ‘Cyborg’ Describes Nine Days Defending Donetsk Airport

    RFE/RL’s Ukraine Service caught up with Serhiy Halyan, one of the Ukrainian troops — admiringly dubbed “cyborgs” for their staunch defense of the international airport on the war-torn outskirts of Donetsk — who survived a surreal nine days at the airport and whose father is a Russian army colonel. …read more...

    Putin: Western sanctions could backfire
    Nov15

    Putin: Western sanctions could backfire

    Speaking in an interview with German ARD television broadcast Saturday as he was attending the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Putin said that cutting Russian access to capital markets would hurt Western exports. Putin cited Russia’s state-controlled Gazprombank, which he said issued loans worth $3.2 billion to Ukraine before...

    Fisher: Putin leaving G20 early after chilly reception from Harper and other world leaders
    Nov15

    Fisher: Putin leaving G20 early after chilly reception from Harper and other world leaders

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to skip the last day of G20 leaders’ two-day summit and return home early to Moscow after a chilly exchange with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and sharp criticisms from his Australian and American counterparts over Russia’s seizure of Crimea and reports of fresh incursions by heavily armed...