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    Pioneer of Ostpolitik during Cold War Dies at 93
    Aug20

    Pioneer of Ostpolitik during Cold War Dies at 93

    Egon Bahr, an eminent German Social Democrat who with late Chancellor Willy Brandt forged a policy of rapprochement with Communist Eastern Europe known as “Ostpolitik” during the Cold War, has died at the age of 93, the party said on Thursday. A towering figure on Germany’s political left, Bahr was closely involved as...

    Russian Prosecutors Seek 23-year Sentence for Crimean Filmmaker
    Aug19

    Russian Prosecutors Seek 23-year Sentence for Crimean Filmmaker

    Public prosecutors in Russia’s Rostov region on Wednesday asked judges for a 23-year sentence against a Ukrainian film director. Oleg Sentsov faces charges of leading a terrorist group and acts of terrorism. Critics have dismissed Sentsov’s prosecution as revenge — a Crimean native, he was a vocal opponent of Russia’s 2014...

    Russian FM: Putin Would Consider Meeting with Obama, if Invited
    Aug19

    Russian FM: Putin Would Consider Meeting with Obama, if Invited

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to a meeting with President Barack Obama when the Russian leader visits the United States to participate in the United Nations General Assembly next month, Russia’s foreign minister said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters in Sevastopol, Crimea, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Putin will...

    Russia Slaps French Chain Auchan with Food Inspections
    Aug19

    Russia Slaps French Chain Auchan with Food Inspections

    Russian officials are conducting “systematic” inspections at the French supermarket chain Auchan following concerns about poor quality meat, the country’s chief public health official said Wednesday. The inspections have taken place in all of Auchan’s Moscow stores since mid-June, said Anna Popova, head of the state...

    Nearing Milestone, Queen Elizabeth Shows no Sign of Stepping Aside
    Aug19

    Nearing Milestone, Queen Elizabeth Shows no Sign of Stepping Aside

    After 63 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth next month becomes Britain’s longest-ruling monarch but there is little prospect of her stepping aside, as other aging European crowned heads have done, in favor of her son, Charles. Those close to Elizabeth — who on Sept. 9 takes the long-service record from her great-great-grandmother Queen...

    Russia Sentences Estonian to 15 Years for Spying
    Aug19

    Russia Sentences Estonian to 15 Years for Spying

    Russia sentenced an Estonian security officer to 15 years in prison for spying. The lawyer for Eston Kohver told reporters a regional court in the western Russian city of Pskov handed down the ruling Wednesday, finding Kohver guilty of spying, arms smuggling and violating border regulations. Russia said Kohver illegally crossed the border into...

    Ukraine Fighting Eases as Putin Blames Kyiv for Hostilities
    Aug18

    Ukraine Fighting Eases as Putin Blames Kyiv for Hostilities

    Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed rebels eased Tuesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Kyiv for a week of intense clashes that threatened to unravel a shaky cease-fire. Putin, on a visit to Russia-annexed Crimea, claimed Ukrainian troops and hardware are massing in the southeast. Russian media...

    Russian Court Backs Ex-Kremlin Internet ‘Troll’ in Lawsuit
    Aug18

    Russian Court Backs Ex-Kremlin Internet ‘Troll’ in Lawsuit

    A Russian court has awarded symbolic damages to an online Russian writer who claimed her employer’s main goal was churning out Internet propaganda favorable to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. In a ruling Monday, the court in St. Petersburg set the damages at one ruble – the penalty sought by plaintiff Lyudmila...

    Kyiv, Moscow Trade Blame for Escalation in E. Ukraine
    Aug17

    Kyiv, Moscow Trade Blame for Escalation in E. Ukraine

    Kyiv and Moscow are accusing each other of fueling tensions, as fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to escalate. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denounced President Vladimir Putin’s arrival Monday in Crimea. In a Facebook posting, Poroshenko called the Russian leader’s visit to the Black Sea peninsula “a challenge to the...

    Russia Dismisses Iran General Visit as ‘Rumor’
    Aug17

    Russia Dismisses Iran General Visit as ‘Rumor’

    Russia is dismissing as “rumors” reports it hosted an Iranian general, despite a United Nations travel ban on such a visit. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “all commentaries” on these rumors have been made and there is nothing he can add to what he called a “chain of suspicions” from his American colleagues....

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