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    Ukraine Lawmaker Manhandles PM Yatseniuk in Rowdy Parliament Scenes
    Dec11

    Ukraine Lawmaker Manhandles PM Yatseniuk in Rowdy Parliament Scenes

    Fighting broke out among members of Ukraine’s ruling coalition in parliament on Friday after a member of President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc physically picked up Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and pulled him from the podium. Yatseniuk was defending his embattled government’s record when lawmaker Oleh Barna walked over to him,...

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip
    Dec11

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip

    In spite of differences with the United States over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia has been “constructive” in the multi-national effort to find a political settlement for Syria. On the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris, Kerry said he intends to travel to Moscow next week for...

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine are Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip
    Dec11

    Unrest in Syria, Ukraine are Focal Points of Latest Kerry Trip

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that in spite of differences with the United States over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has been “constructive” in the multinational effort to find a political settlement for Syria. Kerry commented on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris as he announced plans to...

    Diplomats See EU Extending Russia Sanctions Next Week
    Dec10

    Diplomats See EU Extending Russia Sanctions Next Week

    The European Union is likely to extend economic sanctions against Russia next week before leaders of the bloc meet for a summit, diplomats said, after unexpected opposition by Italy blocked the rollover earlier this week. The EU targeted Russia’s energy, banking and defense sectors in July 2014, blaming Moscow for driving a separatist...

    Economists Slam Russian PM’s Optimistic Growth Forecast
    Dec10

    Economists Slam Russian PM’s Optimistic Growth Forecast

    Russian economists have slammed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s optimistic outlook on his country’s economy. In a group interview with five Russian television channels Wednesday, Medvedev claimed Russia’s economy was no longer receding and, by his estimation, would begin growing in 2016. “Based on the data that are available to...

    Russian Journalist Suspected of Espionage Forced to Leave Poland
    Dec10

    Russian Journalist Suspected of Espionage Forced to Leave Poland

    A Russian journalist who has come under suspicion of espionage in Poland – but who has never been confronted with specific spying accusations by Polish authorities – is being forced to leave Poland. Leonid Sviridov told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will leave Warsaw on Saturday after running out of legal options for...

    Ukraine Says Breaks Up Armed Insurgent Group in Kyiv, 2 Killed
    Dec10

    Ukraine Says Breaks Up Armed Insurgent Group in Kyiv, 2 Killed

    Ukraine’s security service said on Thursday it had broken up an armed insurgent group that operated out of Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities and that two people had been killed during the operation. The SBU security service said it had detained three Russian and four Ukrainian citizens after a shootout in which a special forces officer...

    US General: Russia Has ‘Changed the Security Environment in Europe’
    Dec10

    US General: Russia Has ‘Changed the Security Environment in Europe’

    General Ben Hodges, the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, sat down with VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb to discuss Russian aggression in Ukraine, the Islamic State threat to European allies and U.S. women in combat. Hodges told VOA that Russia has “changed the security environment in Europe.” He said the Crimea crisis would be a...

    UN: As Ukraine Fighting Dwindles, Rights Abuses Rise
    Dec09

    UN: As Ukraine Fighting Dwindles, Rights Abuses Rise

    While the United Nations has found a marked decrease in fighting between Ukraine’s forces and Russian-backed rebels in the country’s east, it also reports an increase in abuses of civilians in the insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. Monitors for the U.N.’s Human Rights Office in Ukraine reported Wednesday that the...

    Time Magazine Names Merkel “Person of the Year 2015”
    Dec09

    Time Magazine Names Merkel “Person of the Year 2015”

    Time magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 “Person of the Year”, noting her leadership during the Syrian refugee crisis, the Greek bail-out deal, currency turmoil in the European Union, and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The magazine said Merkel “stepped in” every time Europe faced a serious crisis. It...

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