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    Former Soviet Bloc nations fear Vladimir Putin assembling new USSR
    Sep05

    Former Soviet Bloc nations fear Vladimir Putin assembling new USSR

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s maneuvers in eastern Ukraine — and repeated statements about protecting Russian-speaking citizens wherever they live — are raising concerns that the former KGB officer is aiming to assemble a new Russian empire from the remnants of the old Soviet Union. “Putin’s real plan is …...

    How NATO members plan to reinvent the alliance
    Sep05

    How NATO members plan to reinvent the alliance

    In a bid to end a struggle with Russia over Ukraine and to halt the spread of brutal Islamist terror, NATO members are vowing to reinvent the military alliance …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace
    Sep05

    Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

    Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades. Each option comes with a sour pill, as there is no magic solution. But such is the reality of trying to find a peaceful resolution to a bloody...

    Russian Rockets Are Falling Within Sight Of A Strategically Vital Ukrainian City
    Sep05

    Russian Rockets Are Falling Within Sight Of A Strategically Vital Ukrainian City

    Pro-Moscow separatist forces, likely augmented by Russian soldiers, have began a bombardment of a major Ukrainian coastal city. Mariupol sits between pro-Russian occupied areas and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in March. The city had previously seen clashes between Ukrainian security forces and separatists in May. But Mariupol...

    Russia Confident Warship Deal With France Will Proceed
    Sep05

    Russia Confident Warship Deal With France Will Proceed

    Russian authorities say they expect their deal to buy two warships from France will go through, despite the announcement in Paris that delivery of the first vessel has been suspended. That statement Thursday follows comments by French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday that Russia’s intervention in eastern Ukraine meant conditions...

    Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol
    Sep05

    Fear grows as artillery fire rocks outskirts of Mariupol

    Strong explosions rocked the outskirts of the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Thursday as Kiev’s forces battled pro-Moscow rebels. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    NATO Pledges More Support for Ukraine
    Sep05

    NATO Pledges More Support for Ukraine

    NATO leaders increased defense cooperation with Ukraine at their summit in Britain Thursday, pledging more help on security and governmental reforms, but not lethal military aid. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from the conference site in Newport, Wales. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Ukraine president, rebels hope for cease-fire deal
    Sep05

    Ukraine president, rebels hope for cease-fire deal

    Obama and Cameron say the world must confront the “brutal and poisonous” Islamic State. …read more Source: USA...

    NATO has no right to push Ukraine to keep fighting a war it can’t win.
    Sep05

    NATO has no right to push Ukraine to keep fighting a war it can’t win.

    A ceasefire scheduled to begin Friday may fall apart, and the fighting may resume. But to encourage Mr. Poroshenko in the meantime to keep up a hopeless fight is to nudge Ukrainians toward an even greater disaster than what they’ve lived through so far. …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Under NATO Pressure, France Puts Freeze on Russia Warship Deal
    Sep05

    Under NATO Pressure, France Puts Freeze on Russia Warship Deal

    France has postponed a deal to deliver two advanced warships to Russia. French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that Russia’s intervention in eastern Ukraine meant conditions were not right to complete the delivery. France faces a huge bill for halting the contract. And as Henry Ridgwell reports from the Saint-Nazaire shipyard,...