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    Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil
    Aug26

    Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

    A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Energy is a big part — but not the only part — of the North Pole...

    Russia Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker to 20 Years
    Aug25

    Russia Sentences Ukrainian Filmmaker to 20 Years

    A Russian military court in Rostov-on-Don Tuesday sentenced acclaimed Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov to 20 years in prison on charges of leading a terrorist group and plotting attacks in Russia-annexed Crimea. The court ruled Sentsov led members of the “Right Sector,” a right-wing Ukrainian nationalist group, in attacks on pro-Russia...

    Air Force Secretary: US to Deploy F-22 Fighter Jets to Europe
    Aug25

    Air Force Secretary: US to Deploy F-22 Fighter Jets to Europe

    The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday. James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the...

    Swiss Law Aims to Return Foreign Funds Stashed by Erstwhile Leaders
    Aug24

    Swiss Law Aims to Return Foreign Funds Stashed by Erstwhile Leaders

    Switzerland expects to adopt a new law by the end of the year that will speed restitution of illicit funds stashed in the Alpine country, where thousands of “politically exposed persons” are believed to hold bank accounts, a top Swiss official said on Monday. Swiss authorities are cooperating with a number of countries — among them...

    Kyiv Marks Ukrainian Independence Day
    Aug24

    Kyiv Marks Ukrainian Independence Day

    Thousands of troops marched in Ukraine’s capital on Monday to mark the 24th anniversary of the country’s independence from what was then the Soviet Union. Soldiers who fought in the government’s campaign against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine marched through central Kyiv carrying rifles. They were cheered by...

    Poroshenko Urges Special Status for Separatist East Ukraine
    Aug23

    Poroshenko Urges Special Status for Separatist East Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called upon his coalition allies in the country to support plans for a constitutional change that he hopes would end the separatist conflict raging in the east. Poroshenko used a flag-raising ceremony in Kyiv on the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day to call on all political parties to overcome their...

    Belarus Frees Six Political Prisoners
    Aug23

    Belarus Frees Six Political Prisoners

    Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has freed six political prisoners, including a former presidential candidate, in what appears to be an overture to the West. Lukashenko’s office released a statement Saturday calling the pardons a humanitarian gesture. Those freed include Mikola Statkevich who ran for president in...

    Pentagon Chief: Russia Poses ‘Existential Threat’ to US
    Aug21

    Pentagon Chief: Russia Poses ‘Existential Threat’ to US

    In language rarely heard since the end of the Cold War, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that Russia again poses an “existential threat” to the United States and in many ways behaves like an antagonist. “Russia poses an existential threat to the United States by virtue simply of the size of the nuclear arsenal that it’s had,” Carter said...

    Poland’s New Leader Seeks Greater Regional Unity, NATO Bases
    Aug21

    Poland’s New Leader Seeks Greater Regional Unity, NATO Bases

    It’s been a dream of some Polish leaders for nearly a century: an alliance of Eastern European countries running from the Baltic Sea down to the Black Sea that would keep Russia at bay. Poland’s conservative new president, Andrzej Duda, who took office two weeks ago, has already signaled that building such an alliance under...

    Russia Looks to Make Food Smuggling as Serious as Arms Trade
    Aug20

    Russia Looks to Make Food Smuggling as Serious as Arms Trade

    Russian customs officials want to make smuggling banned Western foods a criminal offense as serious as dealing in radioactive materials or explosives. In retaliation to Western sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, Russia last year banned certain food imports from the European Union, the U.S. and a few other countries. President Vladimir...

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