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    Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal
    Sep27

    Ukraine backs off from EU-backed Russia gas deal

    Kiev (AFP) – War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes. The European Union’s energy commissioner emerged from hours of acrimonious negotiations in Berlin on Friday to pronounce...

    In Russia-held Crimea, some prosper, others fear for their future
    Sep27

    In Russia-held Crimea, some prosper, others fear for their future

    Six months after Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula was annexed by Russia, some here say they have prospered while others express anger, uncertainty or fear. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine are in a gas dispute as winter approaches
    Sep27

    Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine are in a gas dispute as winter approaches

    KIEV, Ukraine — The frigid water that comes out of the hot faucet of Alexander Korniienko’s shower in Kiev is a warning for his nation: after months without natural gas shipments from Russia, Ukraine may be facing a chilly winter. Read full article >> …read more Source: The Washington...

    1 serviceman, 1 civilian killed despite cease-fire: Ukraine official
    Sep27

    1 serviceman, 1 civilian killed despite cease-fire: Ukraine official

    A Ukrainian security official says one serviceman and one civilian have been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago. …read more Source: CTV...

    Ukraine says 1 serviceman, 1 civilian killed in past day despite cease-fire
    Sep27

    Ukraine says 1 serviceman, 1 civilian killed in past day despite cease-fire

    A Ukrainian security official says one serviceman and one civilian have been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago. …read more Source: FOX...

    Deal reached to provide Ukraine with Russian gas
    Sep27

    Deal reached to provide Ukraine with Russian gas

    BERLIN — European officials said they had brokered a deal between Russia and Ukraine aimed at ensuring gas flows to keep factories running and homes warm over the coming six months, despite a dispute between Moscow and Kiev over the size of Ukraine’s outstanding bills. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Grim Homecomings in Ukraine’s East
    Sep27

    Grim Homecomings in Ukraine’s East

    A grim homecoming in eastern Ukraine. Many had fled the fighting between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists. Now, with a ceasefire largely holding, some come home amid hopes of returning to a sense of normalcy. With sporadic shelling still striking the region — fear is also part of the new normal. …read more Source: The Boston...

    George Clooney’s Wedding Brings Out Stars in Venice
    Sep27

    George Clooney’s Wedding Brings Out Stars in Venice

    There was no other news on the Rialto on Friday as A-list stars glided into Venice to celebrate the wedding of Hollywood hero George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The two-time Oscar winner and Kentucky-born Clooney, 53, is set to renounce his oath of bachelorhood and marry British-Lebanese barrister Alamuddin, 36, in a multi-day...

    Weekend Roundup: ISIS Has Unified the World; Climate Change Has Divided It
    Sep27

    Weekend Roundup: ISIS Has Unified the World; Climate Change Has Divided It

    This week, the U.N. Security Council stood united in a unanimous resolution to fight what President Obama called the ISIS “network of death.” Yet, despite pleas for the world to act together on global warming, the leaders of India and China failed to even show up at the U.N. Climate Summit. India’s environment minister actually...

    Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig
    Sep27

    Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

    The International Olympic Committee has announced that it will “force” future Olympic host cities to sign an anti-discrimination agreement before they are able to host the games. On its face, this is a step in the right direction. Some LGBT activists are claiming credit, celebrating this as some big success for the community. Forgive...