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    Ukraine military: Rocket attack kills 10 amid shaky ceasefire
    Sep17

    Ukraine military: Rocket attack kills 10 amid shaky ceasefire

    A rocket attack by pro-Russia rebels killed 10 civilians in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian military said Wednesday. It was the latest report of violence amid a shaky ceasefire in the region. …read more Source:...

    CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy, Sources Say
    Sep17

    CIA Privately Skeptical About New Syria Strategy, Sources Say

    WASHINGTON — At a recent closed-door congressional briefing on the administration’s new strategy to combat the Islamic State, a top CIA official left little doubt among those in the room about the agency’s attitude toward the project. The official’s muted approach to the briefing dovetails with what senior intelligence...

    World Holds Its Breath, Mostly Hoping Scots Vote ‘No’
    Sep17

    World Holds Its Breath, Mostly Hoping Scots Vote ‘No’

    The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote “No” to independence from Britain in Thursday’s referendum. For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers from Beijing to Washington and Moscow to New Delhi are quietly praying the United Kingdom holds together and does not create a contagious precedent of...

    Putin’s Latest Iron Curtain Call — Ukraine
    Sep17

    Putin’s Latest Iron Curtain Call — Ukraine

    We need to hold the line against Vladimir Putin’s drive to reassert Russian hegemony in Ukraine, but it is necessary to understand the political and historical context behind his actions to provide the perspective needed as U.S. foreign policy alternatives are crafted. As many scholars suggest, Russian foreign policy has been characterized...

    Casualties Rise in Eastern Ukraine as Rebels Reject Autonomy Offer
    Sep17

    Casualties Rise in Eastern Ukraine as Rebels Reject Autonomy Offer

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. The city council of Donetsk, the largest rebel stronghold, said that shelling killed two people in...

    East Ukraine’s special status ‘step in the right direction,’ Russia says
    Sep17

    East Ukraine’s special status ‘step in the right direction,’ Russia says

    On Wednesday, Ukraine passed laws granting temporary and limited self-rule to the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Despite Criticism, Ukraine’s Poroshenko Still Has Much Support
    Sep17

    Despite Criticism, Ukraine’s Poroshenko Still Has Much Support

    Just over three months after taking office, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is facing some increased opposition based largely on controversial decisions he has made in the country’s conflict with Russia. But as the president heads to Washington and New York to seek more help in the fight, he still commands significant support at home....

    East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal
    Sep17

    East Ukraine casualties rise as rebels reject deal

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Shelling in rebel-held parts of east Ukraine killed at least 12 civilians on Wednesday, as a top leader of pro-Russian rebels rejected Ukrainian legislation meant to end the unrest by granting self-rule to large swaths of the east. …read more Source: Boston...

    Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary
    Sep17

    Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days — that Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union member’s most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries. The woman was the third Pole in the past couple weeks to advise me to think twice about investing in...

    Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3
    Sep17

    Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.The city council of Donetsk confirmed that shells had hit a neighborhood in the north of the city, where fighting centered on the government-controlled airport has caught many residential...