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    Russia’s Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meet
    Feb11

    Russia’s Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meet

    Russia’s Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting this Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia’s dominant Orthodox Church. There are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, but in Orthodox Russia there are around 700,000, only half of one percent of the population. In contrast, three...

    NATO to Increase Forward Presence in East Europe
    Feb10

    NATO to Increase Forward Presence in East Europe

    NATO’s secretary general says the alliance’s increased “forward presence” in Eastern Europe sends a “clear signal” to any would-be aggressor. Speaking Wednesday in Brussels before a two-day NATO defense ministers meeting, Jens Stoltenberg said with an obvious reference to Russia, that “NATO will respond as one to any...

    IMF Chief Warns Ukraine Over Slow Pace of Reform
    Feb10

    IMF Chief Warns Ukraine Over Slow Pace of Reform

    The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has warned Ukraine it would be unable to keep supporting it financially if the country doesn’t step up its reforms efforts. Ukraine relies on funding from the IMF and international donors as it battles deep economic problems, in large part resulting from the conflict in the...

    Poland, Courting NATO, Plans to Boost Middle East Military Involvement
    Feb09

    Poland, Courting NATO, Plans to Boost Middle East Military Involvement

    Poland signaled on Tuesday its willingness to play a more active role in tackling the Middle East security crisis, in an apparent attempt to persuade its NATO allies in return to boost their presence in eastern Europe. Alarmed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014 and its support for armed separatists in eastern...

    Finance Minister: IMF Will Delay Aid to Ukraine Until Political Fog Clears
    Feb09

    Finance Minister: IMF Will Delay Aid to Ukraine Until Political Fog Clears

    The International Monetary Fund will not give more aid to Ukraine until it becomes clear that, in the event of a government collapse, the next government would follow through on promised reforms, the country’s Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko said on Monday. Ukraine has been waiting since October for the IMF to dispense more aid as part of...

    Media Leaders Urge Stronger Protection for Journalists
    Feb05

    Media Leaders Urge Stronger Protection for Journalists

    Governments, courts and media organizations must do more to prevent violence against journalists covering war, crime or corruption, news industry leaders insisted Friday. “Whether by murder, violence, arrest or intimidation, the crimes taking place against journalists have become far too common. In fact, they’ve become...

    Pope to Meet Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch in Cuba
    Feb05

    Pope to Meet Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch in Cuba

    Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church and Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, will meet next week in Cuba, both churches announced Friday. The February 12 meeting between Francis and Patriarch Kirill will be the first ever between the heads of the two churches and has been hailed by both denominations as an...

    Pollster: Russia Winning ‘Information War’ in Former Soviet States
    Feb05

    Pollster: Russia Winning ‘Information War’ in Former Soviet States

    Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and its subsequent support for armed separatists in the eastern part of the country, has been accompanied by a major Russian information campaign in support of those actions. That campaign has targeted not only Russia’s domestic audience but also audiences in neighboring states that...

    Ukrainian Lawmakers Fret Over Western Aid After Minister’s Exit
    Feb04

    Ukrainian Lawmakers Fret Over Western Aid After Minister’s Exit

    The abrupt resignation of Ukraine’s economy minister, followed by several of his deputies, over allegations of corruption has jeopardized Kiev’s relations with its Western backers, threatening vital loan aid, politicians said on Thursday. Aivaras Abromavicius quit on Wednesday, saying he would not become a “puppet” for...

    Ukrainian Lawmakers Fret Over Western Aid After Minister’s Exit
    Feb04

    Ukrainian Lawmakers Fret Over Western Aid After Minister’s Exit

    The abrupt resignation of Ukraine’s economy minister, followed by several of his deputies, over allegations of corruption has jeopardized Kiev’s relations with its Western backers, threatening vital loan aid, politicians said on Thursday. Aivaras Abromavicius quit on Wednesday, saying he would not become a “puppet” for...

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