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    Economy Curbs Russia’s World Cup Plans
    Jun04

    Economy Curbs Russia’s World Cup Plans

    President Vladimir Putin is still likely to host the World Cup in 2018 despite an FBI investigation into Russia’s winning bid, but his hopes of staging a tournament that impresses his critics are fading. Not only is the event mired in scandal because of corruption allegations hanging over FIFA, soccer’s governing body, but the Russian...

    Russia’s Putin to Visit Pope Francis June 10 at the Vatican
    Jun04

    Russia’s Putin to Visit Pope Francis June 10 at the Vatican

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Pope Francis on June 10 at the Vatican, with conflicts in Syria and Ukraine likely to top the Holy See’s agenda. Putin last called on Francis on Nov. 25, 2013. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday the meeting would take place in the afternoon of June 10; Putin is...

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Faces ‘Colossal’ Threat in East
    Jun04

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Faces ‘Colossal’ Threat in East

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that there are 9,000 Russian troops in the rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine and warned the country must be on alert for a large-scale attack. Poroshenko made the comment to parliament Thursday, saying there exists a “colossal” threat of major new attacks. He spoke a day after a...

    3 Civilians Killed in Surge of Shelling in East Ukraine
    Jun03

    3 Civilians Killed in Surge of Shelling in East Ukraine

    At least three civilians have been killed in east Ukraine in a further surge in shelling in several locations along the front line, government and rebel officials said Wednesday. Reports of casualties among government and separatist fighters have continued unabated since a cease-fire agreement was reached in February, but deaths among...

    Russia’s Online Assault Evaporates Internet Freedom
    Jun03

    Russia’s Online Assault Evaporates Internet Freedom

    The recent threats by Russian authorities to block access to popular U.S.-based websites such as Google come amid a larger and growing effort by the Kremlin to wall off sections of the Internet from Russians. What’s more troubling: there’s new research that suggests the Russian public may be ambivalent. Last week, the Kremlin’s...

    Despite Eastern Ukraine Cease-fire, 5 Killed
    Jun01

    Despite Eastern Ukraine Cease-fire, 5 Killed

    At least two civilians and three Ukrainian troops have been killed in eastern Ukraine despite the ongoing cease-fire, officials on both sides of the conflict said Monday. The hostilities have subsided since the September cease-fire, but fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops still continues across the front line. In a...

    Evidence Grows of Russian Military Involvement in Ukraine
    Jun01

    Evidence Grows of Russian Military Involvement in Ukraine

    U.N. human rights monitors say there is growing evidence of Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine. The U.N. human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine has just launched its 10th report on the situation in Ukraine, covering the period from February 16 to May 15. Russia denies its soldiers are fighting in eastern Ukraine, and it says...

    Britain: New Russian Travel Ban Shows Western Sanctions Working
    Jun01

    Britain: New Russian Travel Ban Shows Western Sanctions Working

    Former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind says Russia’s entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders shows Western sanctions imposed on Moscow for its March 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula are working. Rifkind told British radio Sunday that Russian officials “would not have reacted unless they felt very...

    IMF Lowers Ukraine Growth Forecast, Cites Progress on Kyiv Reforms
    Jun01

    IMF Lowers Ukraine Growth Forecast, Cites Progress on Kyiv Reforms

    The International Monetary Fund has lowered its growth forecast for Ukraine’s moribund economy to minus 9 percent, while citing progress toward a deal with Kyiv on reforms that could clear the way for further IMF help. The negative growth projection – down from a 5 percent estimate in April – was announced Sunday in Kyiv, along...

    Russian Lawmaker Asks for EU Blacklist to Be Made Public
    May31

    Russian Lawmaker Asks for EU Blacklist to Be Made Public

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov needs to explain why 89 European politicians have been banned from entering Russia and confirm their names, an opposition lawmaker said Sunday in a formal inquiry. Dmitry Gudkov, the sole member of Russia’s parliament who opposes the Kremlin, also told Lavrov that while he understood such a step might...

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