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    Ukraine Foils Russian-Backed Terror Plot
    Dec22

    Ukraine Foils Russian-Backed Terror Plot

    Ukraine’s security service says it has foiled a Russian-backed terrorist plot aimed at causing mass casualties in the capital Kiev. …read more Source: Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and...

    1.7 Million Ukrainian Children Suffering Amid Conflict, Winter Cold
    Dec22

    1.7 Million Ukrainian Children Suffering Amid Conflict, Winter Cold

    More than 1.7 million children in conflict-torn areas of eastern Ukraine face an “extremely serious” situation, the U.N. children’s agency has warned, with their suffering exacerbated by harsh winter weather. …read more Source: Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and...

    Shootings by Police Voted Top Story of 2014 in AP Poll
    Dec22

    Shootings by Police Voted Top Story of 2014 in AP Poll

    The killing of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner by police officers was voted the top news story of 2014 in a survey of news directors and editors around the country. Police killings, and the federal investigations and civil unrest they unleashed, came out on top from among the 85 votes cast with 22 first-place votes, in the...

    NATO commander says dealing with root causes of Islamic extremism key to winning Iraq war
    Dec22

    NATO commander says dealing with root causes of Islamic extremism key to winning Iraq war

    It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others, writes Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press. Here is the rest of Murray Brewster’s article: The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the...

    Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev Calls Ukraine Conflict ‘Nonsense’
    Dec22

    Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev Calls Ukraine Conflict ‘Nonsense’

    MOSCOW—Kazakhstan’s president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is “nonsense” and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it. Nursultan Nazarbayev’s comments Monday, after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, could carry weight because Kazakhstan is part of a Russia-dominated trade bloc that Moscow...

    Kremlin: Putin to Talk by Phone With EU, Ukraine Leaders
    Dec22

    Kremlin: Putin to Talk by Phone With EU, Ukraine Leaders

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold phone talks later on Monday with the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine on a political resolution to the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin’s foreign policy adviser said. “Tonight, another telephone conversation with the presidents of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine will take place, in the...

    The New Canadian Militarism
    Dec22

    The New Canadian Militarism

    From the Conversion of Highway 401 entering Toronto into the “Highway of Heroes” as a macabre celebration of Canadian soldiers killed in combat, to the renaming of the Canadian armed forces to echo past imperialist campaigns, to the wrapping of Hockey night in Canada in nationalist celebration of the military, the themes of militarism now...

    4 Crucial International News Stories You May Have Completely Missed This Year
    Dec22

    4 Crucial International News Stories You May Have Completely Missed This Year

    From the war in Gaza to the crisis in Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico, 2014 was a year of major political and economic developments across the globe. But the barrage of breaking news can make it hard to see the forest through the trees. Take a look at these four crucial...

    Germany Sees No Need to Ease Russia Sanctions
    Dec22

    Germany Sees No Need to Ease Russia Sanctions

    Germany sees no reason to think about changes to the European Union’s sanctions regime against Moscow at the moment, a government spokeswoman said, after the foreign minister expressed concern that Russia could be destabilized if sanctions were not eased. The spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz told a news conference that the expiration of...

    Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble
    Dec22

    Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble

    MOSCOW — A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he’s expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.The ruble has been the worst performing currency this year, along with the Ukrainian hryvnia, having lost half of its value. Its...