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    Cease-fire in Ukraine threatened as fighting breaks out in east
    Sep08

    Cease-fire in Ukraine threatened as fighting breaks out in east

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine struggled to maintain a tenuous cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels after a series of repeated breaches Sunday, even as the government here faced the equally daunting task of selling the peace plan to the nation. Read full article >> …read more Source: The Washington...

    Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire is in trouble, as shelling occurs near Mariupol
    Sep08

    Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire is in trouble, as shelling occurs near Mariupol

    MOSCOW — Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire appeared to be in danger late Saturday, slightly more than 24 hours after it took hold, as witnesses reported renewed fighting near the key government-held city of Mariupol. Read full article >> …read more Source: The Washington...

    Islamic State militants want to fight Putin
    Sep08

    Islamic State militants want to fight Putin

    Here’s a slightly new geopolitical wrinkle. Earlier this week, the Islamic State issued a video challenging a powerful global leader. But this time, it was not President Obama or one of his counterparts in Europe. It was Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the video, fighters pose atop Russian military equipment, including a fighter jet,...

    MAP: Russia’s expanding empire in Ukraine and elsewhere
    Sep08

    MAP: Russia’s expanding empire in Ukraine and elsewhere

    A cease-fire negotiated in Minsk, capital of Belarus, between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine went into effect Friday. Fighting has raged through the summer in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, industrial hotbeds near the border with Russia, leading to thousands of deaths. “The highest value is human life,...

    Clinton in Mexico, worried about Russia
    Sep08

    Clinton in Mexico, worried about Russia

    MEXICO CITY — Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in a mostly upbeat speech about the state of the world, said Friday that she was “particularly concerned” about Europe faltering in the face of Russian intimidation. “I do worry about President Putin’s view that Russia should dominate its border and intimidate people beyond its...

    Ukraine’s President Visits Frontline City Amid ‘Shaky’ Ceasefire
    Sep08

    Ukraine’s President Visits Frontline City Amid ‘Shaky’ Ceasefire

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the eastern port of Mariupol on Monday and promised to deal a ‘crushing defeat’ to pro-Russian rebels massed on the edge of town if they tried to advance in violation of a ceasefire agreement. “I have ordered (the military) to secure the defense of Mariupol with howitzers, multiple...

    EU delays signing off on new Russia sanctions
    Sep08

    EU delays signing off on new Russia sanctions

    Some governments want to discuss how to suspend the sanctions if a Ukraine cease-fire holds, diplomats say. …read more Source:...

    Police Detain Crimean Blogger, Critic Of Annexation
    Sep08

    Police Detain Crimean Blogger, Critic Of Annexation

    Police in Crimea have briefly detained a well-known blogger who has strongly criticized Russia’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Visiting East, Ukraine Leader Vows to Not Cede Any Territory
    Sep08

    Visiting East, Ukraine Leader Vows to Not Cede Any Territory

    President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine visited the port city of Mariupol during a fragile truce with pro-Russian separatists and pledged not give up any land. …read more Source: The New York...

    Indonesia, America and China’s Nine-Dash Line
    Sep08

    Indonesia, America and China’s Nine-Dash Line

    Jakarta–When the history of the early part of the 21st century is written, one of the great heroes of the People’s Republic of China might turn out to be an anonymous map-maker from the late 1940s whose work is helping to drive increasingly dangerous confrontations today between China and its neighbors across the South China Sea. The...