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    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy
    Dec16

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country urgently needs $10 billion to avoid bankruptcy. After meeting with European Union ministers in Brussels Monday, reporters asked Yatsenyuk when he needs the money. He replied “yesterday.” Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists has battered an already bad economy....

    Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to 17 Percent Overnight
    Dec16

    Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to 17 Percent Overnight

    (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent in the early hours of Tuesday morning in an emergency move to halt a collapse in the ruble as oil prices decline and the country’s sanctions-hit economy slides towards recession. The ruble RUB= RUB=EBS strengthened sharply after the decision, recouping...

    News of the day from across the globe, Dec. 16
    Dec16

    News of the day from across the globe, Dec. 16

    The Vatican on Monday asked the U.S. to find an “adequate humanitarian solution” for prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a reflection of Pope Francis’ vocal concern that prisoners be treated with dignity and not be subject to inhumane treatment. Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian rebels...

    UN: Human Rights Abuses Rampant in Embattled Eastern Ukraine
    Dec16

    UN: Human Rights Abuses Rampant in Embattled Eastern Ukraine

    The coming winter is set to make life harder for the more than 5 million people living in eastern Ukraine’s conflict areas, many of whom are already struggling to survive, the office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights wrote in a new report released Monday. “The conflict is in its ninth month, and the situation is...

    The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015
    Dec16

    The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015

    Foreign policy often involves making difficult and debatable choices about which parts of the world matter more to a given country—and which, by extension, matter less. It’s about defining national interests and determining where those interests are most evident and endangered. This is why the United States has done far more to stop ISIS in...

    Bank Of Russia Hikes Rate To Aid Sinking Currency
    Dec16

    Bank Of Russia Hikes Rate To Aid Sinking Currency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bank of Russia has drastically raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent to try to boost its currency, which has been plunging along with oil prices. The moves comes after the ruble has shed roughly 50 percent of its value since January, battered by Western sanctions imposed over the conflict in Ukraine...

    Letters: National Memorial to Victims of Communism
    Dec16

    Letters: National Memorial to Victims of Communism

    We must commemorate victims of communism Re: Jury member goes public with criticism of victims of communism memorial site, Dec. 15. As a grandson of a Polish officer murdered along with 10,000 other officers in March, 1940, at the Katyn Forest Massacre by the Soviet NKVD Secret Police on orders from Stalin, I am saddened to read that architects...

    Ukraine asks NATO for more help for military, EU for more financial aid
    Dec15

    Ukraine asks NATO for more help for military, EU for more financial aid

    Ukraine’s prime minister on Monday asked NATO to do more to help his country’s military, which has been unable to quell a pro-Russian insurgency, and called for an urgent increase in financial aid from the European Union. …read more Source: CTV...

    Russia says it has a right to put nuclear weapons in Crimea
    Dec15

    Russia says it has a right to put nuclear weapons in Crimea

    Russia has the right to deploy nuclear weapons in the Crimean peninsula, which it seized from Ukraine in March, a top Russian official said Monday. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Asia’s Pivot to Asia
    Dec15

    Asia’s Pivot to Asia

    Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the United States and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has been paid to regional dynamics underneath the umbrella of a U.S.-China relationship that...