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    Kerry to meet Russia’s Lavrov in Rome on Monday
    Dec13

    Kerry to meet Russia’s Lavrov in Rome on Monday

    Washington (AFP) – Top US diplomat John Kerry will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Rome on Monday, amid a toughening American response to a Kremlin-backed separatist insurgency in Ukraine.State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Friday that the pair would discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood at the...

    Kerry aims to avert UN crisis on Mideast
    Dec13

    Kerry aims to avert UN crisis on Mideast

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes upcoming talks with Israel’s prime minister and European officials will avert the possibility of a U.N. Security Council clash over proposed resolutions dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Meetings set for Kerry next week in Europe aim to unite different...

    Weekend Roundup: Coming Clean on Torture Makes America Stronger, Not Weaker
    Dec13

    Weekend Roundup: Coming Clean on Torture Makes America Stronger, Not Weaker

    The soft power of America’s open society has once again come to the rescue of its hard power misadventures, this time by coming clean on the post-9/11 practice of torture. As China and several other countries intensify their crackdown on the Internet and open expression in general, the U.S. offers a lesson: honest criticism fortifies the...

    Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?
    Dec13

    Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?

    When it comes to fighting the economic battle over Ukraine, the West has been much more willing to hit Russia in its pocketbook than play sugar daddy to Kiev. The International Monetary Fund, after hinting in September that Ukraine would come up short, officially sounded the alarm this week, acknowledging that Kiev’s coffers face a $15...

    Russia Protests US Aid for Ukraine Military
    Dec12

    Russia Protests US Aid for Ukraine Military

    Russia is criticizing legislation passed by the U.S. Congress authorizing $350 million in military aid to Ukraine and new sanctions against key state-controlled Russian companies. If President Barack Obama signs into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, the United States will provide Ukraine with anti-tank and armor-piercing weapons,...

    Hungary’s Leader Wants Drug Tests for Journalists
    Dec12

    Hungary’s Leader Wants Drug Tests for Journalists

    BUDAPEST, Hungary—The Hungarian prime minister, who has vowed to remake his country into a “non-liberal” state as he moves closer to Moscow, called Friday for mandatory drug testing of journalists and politicians. Viktor Orban’s plan alarmed critics, who called it an attack on civil liberties and a cynical attempt to combat his declining...

    Ukraine: First casualty-free day since cease-fire
    Dec12

    Ukraine: First casualty-free day since cease-fire

    End to fighting a prerequisite for peace plan. …read more Source: USA...

    New Russia Sanctions from Departing Congress
    Dec12

    New Russia Sanctions from Departing Congress

    On its way into the history books, the 113th Congress is ladling up a fresh batch of sanctions on Russia, especially targeting the energy sector and authorizing military aid, in a bid to force Moscow to end its aggressive and destabilizing incursions into the eastern Ukraine. The lame-duck Senate passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act Thursday....

    How Strong Is the Russian Military?
    Dec12

    How Strong Is the Russian Military?

    The Russian military suffered years of neglect after the Soviet collapse and no longer casts the shadow of a global superpower. However, the Russian armed forces are in the midst of a historic overhaul with significant consequences for Eurasian politics and security. Russian officials say the reforms are necessary to bring a Cold War–era military...

    Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged
    Dec12

    Ukraine cheers US vote for military aid, Russia outraged

    Kiev (AFP) – Ukraine on Friday welcomed a US bill that would allow Washington to provide lethal military assistance to the embattled country, but Russia expressed outrage at the “openly confrontational” legislation.The bill — passed late on Thursday and due to get final approval in Congress on Friday before being sent to...