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    Stephen Harper in New York: The highlights
    Sep22

    Stephen Harper in New York: The highlights

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper travels to New York Tuesday, as world leaders converge for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Here’s a look at his plans: Tuesday: Harper assigns Environment Minister Leona Aqlukkaq to represent Canada at a day-long UN summit on climate change. He attends an evening dinner with other world...

    Tiger-Mania Roars Across Russia
    Sep22

    Tiger-Mania Roars Across Russia

    Russia has a new favorite animal. Inspired in part by President Vladimir Putin’s love of the endangered cats, the Amur tiger is enjoying renewed fame. On the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian territory recently annexed by Russia, a safari park is raising 10 tiger cubs. Director of the park, Oleg Zubkov talks about their plans. …read...

    These Maps Show The Drunkest Countries In The World
    Sep22

    These Maps Show The Drunkest Countries In The World

    Perhaps surprisingly, Russia is not the drunkest country in the world. That title goes to Belarus, whose residents enjoy just over 2 liters of alcohol more a year than Russians. Wasted Worldwide, a website that compares drinking habits around the world, created a series of maps that reveal which countries drink the most, what types of alcohol are...

    For West Ukraine City, Conflict Far Away Yet Near
    Sep22

    For West Ukraine City, Conflict Far Away Yet Near

    The western Ukrainian city of Lviv prides itself on being both physically and culturally close to Western Europe. The Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country are 1,200 kilometers away, and seemingly even farther away in their world view. Still, as VOA’s Al Pessin reports, the war is having an impact in Lviv....

    These Photos Show How Eastern Ukraine Is Stuck In Its Soviet Past
    Sep22

    These Photos Show How Eastern Ukraine Is Stuck In Its Soviet Past

    If you told Ukrainian photographer Valeriya Myronenko six months ago that Donbass, the region in eastern Ukraine where she grew up, would erupt in a war, she wouldn’t believe you. Now, with conflict raging between Ukraine and multiple separatist movements, it has become apparent that the unthinkable has come true for Myronenko. Myronenko,...

    Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire
    Sep22

    Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels began withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region. Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said...

    Russian Lender VTB Warns of Hit From Ukraine Crisis
    Sep22

    Russian Lender VTB Warns of Hit From Ukraine Crisis

    Russian state-controlled lender VTB could report a $1.4 billion loss for 2014 because of the crisis in Ukraine, the bank’s chief executive said Monday. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire
    Sep22

    Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire

    KIEV, Ukraine — Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels began withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region.Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said Kiev’s forces...

    Ukraine’s foreign minister calling for ‘Coalition of Freedom’
    Sep22

    Ukraine’s foreign minister calling for ‘Coalition of Freedom’

    As a result of the brazen Russian invasion of his country, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister is proposing what he calls a new “Coalition of Freedom,” to defend democracy and western values in a troubled world. …read more Source: FOX...

    Ukraine Pulling Back from Buffer Zone in Embattled East
    Sep22

    Ukraine Pulling Back from Buffer Zone in Embattled East

    Ukrainian officials say they have started to pull troops from a buffer zone in the east of the country where they have been fighting pro-Russian separatists. Security and Defense Council spokesman Colonel Andriy Lysenko said Monday rebel attacks have diminished, allowing Kyiv to implement an agreement reached last week with the separatists to...