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    US, European allies ‘liberate town’ in military drill amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine
    Sep08

    US, European allies ‘liberate town’ in military drill amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine

    Some 5,500 troops from the United States and European allies carried out a mock liberation of a fictional city in a large-scale military exercise Monday. …read more Source: FOX...

    Obama’s new man in Moscow doesn’t do Twitter
    Sep08

    Obama’s new man in Moscow doesn’t do Twitter

    MOSCOW – The old U.S. ambassador to Russia was a firecracker on Twitter, taking on critics and offering a view of Moscow life that was unusually unfiltered for a diplomat. The new U.S. ambassador – who on Monday presented his credentials to the Russian Foreign Ministry – doesn’t even have a Twitter account. John Tefft’s […]...

    Ukrainian president looks to make front-line visit as fragile cease-fire holds
    Sep08

    Ukrainian president looks to make front-line visit as fragile cease-fire holds

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military said Monday that a fragile truce was holding in the east of the country as the Ukrainian president planned a surprise visit to the front-line port city of Mariupol. The break in hostilities came as government forces and pro-Russian rebels, who have seized territory in eastern Ukraine, regrouped after weeks...

    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...

    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...