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    NATO: Maneuvers Aimed at Showing Readiness to Russia
    Jun19

    NATO: Maneuvers Aimed at Showing Readiness to Russia

    More than 2,000 troops from nine NATO nations are on the march in Poland, participating in the first exercise of NATO’s new rapid response force. Alliance leaders say the exercises are intended to reassure eastern European member-countries rattled by Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg joined reporters...

    Putin Ally Proposes Early Election to Get Through Russia’s Storm
    Jun18

    Putin Ally Proposes Early Election to Get Through Russia’s Storm

    A former finance minister proposed on Thursday bringing forward the next presidential election to give his ally, Vladimir Putin, a stronger mandate to reform the economy and guide Russia through a financial “storm”. Russia is sliding into recession, with economic sanctions imposed by the West over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine...

    Displacement is Worst Ever Recorded
    Jun18

    Displacement is Worst Ever Recorded

    The U.N. refugee agency says worldwide displacement from wars, conflict and persecution is at the highest level ever recorded. And it’s getting worse. The UNHCR has released its annual Global Trends report, which says nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2014. The UNHCR describes the level of displacement as a...

    UN: ‘Dangerous New Era’ for World’s Record 60M Refugees
    Jun18

    UN: ‘Dangerous New Era’ for World’s Record 60M Refugees

    The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in modern times – and the global response has been pitifully inadequate, according to the latest annual report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Humanitarian groups are calling for a global summit to address the crisis. Exhausted, sunburned, dehydrated and carrying nothing but a...

    Russia May Toughen Counter-sanctions Over Ukraine
    Jun18

    Russia May Toughen Counter-sanctions Over Ukraine

    Russia may toughen its response to sanctions imposed by the European Union over the crisis in Ukraine if the bloc extends its measures against Moscow, a Kremlin aide said on Thursday. Economic adviser Andrei Belousov’s comments, at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, followed a decision on Wednesday by EU governments to...

    EU Agrees to Extend Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine
    Jun18

    EU Agrees to Extend Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

    European Union governments have reached preliminary agreement to extend sanctions against Russia for six months for its role in the Ukraine crisis, triggering Kremlin warnings that Moscow will retaliate. The decision, reached by EU envoys Wednesday in Brussels, is expected to be formally adopted at a meeting of the bloc’s 28 foreign...

    Hungary Plans Fence to Block Migrants’ Entry from Serbia
    Jun18

    Hungary Plans Fence to Block Migrants’ Entry from Serbia

    Hungary announced plans Wednesday to build a fence 4 meters high (13 feet) along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants, a move that triggered a swift rebuke from the U.N. refugee agency. Hungary, a landlocked central European country of 10 million people, is in the EU’s visa-free Schengen zone and thus an attractive...

    Rebels in Ukraine Want Autonomy but Depend on Russia
    Jun18

    Rebels in Ukraine Want Autonomy but Depend on Russia

    Russia-backed rebels in Ukraine’s southeast say they are fighting for autonomy from authorities in Kyiv, who lean to Europe and the West. But as the rebels struggle to define that autonomy, the region is increasingly dependent on Russia. Meanwhile, growing numbers of war-weary people in Donetsk are becoming indifferent to their political...

    New NATO Force Trains in Poland to Assure Eastern Flank
    Jun17

    New NATO Force Trains in Poland to Assure Eastern Flank

    Thousands of NATO troops are on the move this month in Poland and the Baltic states, practicing sea landings, air lifts and assaults. The massive maneuvers on NATO’s eastern flank that began in early June include the first-ever training by the new, rapid reaction “spearhead” force, and are NATO’s biggest defense boost since the...

    Russia, Germany Trade Cold War Accusations
    Jun17

    Russia, Germany Trade Cold War Accusations

    Russia accused NATO on Wednesday of reviving the ghost of the Cold War by encroaching close to its borders and seeking to change the strategic balance of power, as Germany denounced Moscow’s nuclear weapons build-up as a Soviet-style reflex. Ties between Russia and the West have hit new lows over Ukraine and the latest accusations come...

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