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    Wary of Russia, Estonian Volunteers Rush to Join Militia
    Sep15

    Wary of Russia, Estonian Volunteers Rush to Join Militia

    Members of Estonia’s part-time militia crouch in a sandy trench on a hilltop as machine gun fire echoes through rain washed forest. Russia may be some way off but it is wariness of a vast neighbor that is swelling the force’s ranks, drawing laborers and and office workers alike to a grueling exercise. The Defense League of the Baltic...

    White House: US Set to Back NATO Invitation to Montenegro
    Sep15

    White House: US Set to Back NATO Invitation to Montenegro

    The United States is ready to back NATO membership for Montenegro, provided the former Yugoslav republic continues to pursue reforms and increases popular support for joining the Western security alliance, the White House said on Monday. Vice President Joe Biden told Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic in a telephone call on Monday the...

    Decriminalizing Sex Work Seen as Step Against Trafficking
    Sep14

    Decriminalizing Sex Work Seen as Step Against Trafficking

    Amnesty International has recommended decriminalizing the sex trade as a way to improve the human rights of sex workers and lessen the risk of their human rights being violated. The rights group says decriminalization would mean that sex workers are not forced to live outside the law and would no longer be seen and treated as “criminals” – making...

    EU Extends Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis
    Sep14

    EU Extends Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine Crisis

    The European Union has extended by six months a visa ban and asset freeze targeting several close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin and others involved in Russia’s annexation of Crimea and other territorial disputes in Ukraine. The EU said Monday that the “assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the regime...

    OSCE Official: Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire Is Holding
    Sep12

    OSCE Official: Eastern Ukraine Cease-Fire Is Holding

    The secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirmed Saturday that the cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine has been respected for about two weeks. At the end of a three-day trip to southeastern Ukraine, during which he visited the towns of Mariupol and Shyrokyne, Lamberto Zannier expressed hope that the current...

    Ally of Slain Russian Politician Takes on Kremlin
    Sep12

    Ally of Slain Russian Politician Takes on Kremlin

    Six months after opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead outside the Kremlin in an unsolved contract killing, one of his closest allies is trying to take on Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party in regional elections this Sunday. A veteran activist at just 32, Ilya Yashin, a prominent figure in the People’s Freedom Party or...

    Poroshenko: Cease-Fire Holding but Russia Seeks to Destabilize
    Sep11

    Poroshenko: Cease-Fire Holding but Russia Seeks to Destabilize

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said a shaky cease-fire with Russia-backed rebels has for the first time held completely for a 24-hour period since fighting broke out 15 months ago. He warned, however, that rebel-held elections would scupper the deal and called for sustained international pressure on Russia. Poroshenko said his...

    Report: Russia Building Major Military Base Near Ukraine Border
    Sep10

    Report: Russia Building Major Military Base Near Ukraine Border

    Russia has started to build a huge military base housing ammunition depots and barracks for several thousand soldiers near the Ukrainian border, a project that suggests the Kremlin is digging in for a prolonged stand-off with Kyiv. The base, when completed, will even have its own swimming pool, skating rink and barber shop, according to public...

    Migrants, Refugees’ Rights to Top UN Council Agenda
    Sep09

    Migrants, Refugees’ Rights to Top UN Council Agenda

    The human rights of migrants and refugees will top the agenda of the upcoming session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. The council’s 30th regular session opens Monday and is scheduled to run until October 2. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, will kick off the three week session with an oral update of...

    US, NATO Leery of Russian Actions in Syria
    Sep09

    US, NATO Leery of Russian Actions in Syria

    U.S. suspicions about Russian activity in Syria are not confined to Syria’s borders. Officials in Washington are concerned the moves could be part of a broader strategy by Moscow to extend its influence, while at the same time acting as a counterbalance to the United States in the Middle East. U.S. officials are investigating reports that...

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