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    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...

    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...

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