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    Huge Air Force Drill Under Way in Russia
    May26

    Huge Air Force Drill Under Way in Russia

    Russia’s Defense Ministry says it has kicked off air force exercises in the Ural mountains and western Siberia involving 12,000 soldiers and 250 aircraft. The manoeuvres, which began on May 25 and are to last until May 28, are meant to help the military prepare for a larger drill in September, called Tsentr-2015. After Moscow’s...

    Amnesty International: ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ of War Crimes in Ukraine
    May26

    Amnesty International: ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ of War Crimes in Ukraine

    Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and all but one said they were tortured. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London. …read more...

    US, European Jets Join Arctic Exercise Near Russia
    May25

    US, European Jets Join Arctic Exercise Near Russia

    About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 personnel, is meant to test cooperation among Arctic nations near Russia. It...

    Polish President Concedes Defeat in Sunday’s Polls
    May25

    Polish President Concedes Defeat in Sunday’s Polls

    Incumbent Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, facing a surprisingly strong electoral challenge from conservative Andrzej Duda, conceded defeat Sunday. His concession came a short while after voting ended and a key exit poll showed him trailing by a 53-47 percent margin. Komorowski, a strong early favorite to win a second 5-year term, spoke to...

    Ukraine Separatists: Car Bomb Kills Rebel Commander, 6 Others
    May24

    Ukraine Separatists: Car Bomb Kills Rebel Commander, 6 Others

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say a top rebel commander and at least six colleagues have been killed in a car bombing in a self-proclaimed rebel republic near the Russian border. A press service for the separatist Luhansk territory said Oleksiy Mozgovoy, the commander of a key rebel defense battalion and others died Saturday in the...

    Amnesty: Torture of POWs is Rife in Ukraine Conflict
    May22

    Amnesty: Torture of POWs is Rife in Ukraine Conflict

    Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday. Amnesty said in a statement that former captives of both Ukrainian government and separatist forces say they faced savage beatings, torture with...

    EU, Ukraine Agree to $2 Billion Loan Deal at Summit
    May22

    EU, Ukraine Agree to $2 Billion Loan Deal at Summit

    The European Union offered more money and the promise of visa-free travel to some post-communist nations Friday in an East-West partnership that has tempered its ambitions after Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Meeting in Riga for the Eastern Partnership summit, EU and Ukrainian officials signed a 1.8 billion euro ($2 billion)...

    Are Chinese/Russian Military Exercises an Effort to Offset US Primacy?
    May22

    Are Chinese/Russian Military Exercises an Effort to Offset US Primacy?

    China and Russia conducted joint naval exercises this week in the Mediterranean Sea — a sign, some security experts say, that the two countries are stepping up defense cooperation to offset U.S. military primacy. The Russian Defense Ministry said a total of 10 warships from the Russian Navy and China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy...

    Merkel: Russia at Economic Summit ‘Unimaginable’
    May21

    Merkel: Russia at Economic Summit ‘Unimaginable’

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is “unimaginable” for Russia to participate in a meeting of the world’s leading industrialized countries as long as it is involved in the conflict in Ukraine. Speaking to the German Parliament in Berlin Thursday, Merkel said next month’s Group of Seven meeting in Bavaria will not...

    EU Careful Not to Tread on Moscow’s Toes at Eastern Summit
    May21

    EU Careful Not to Tread on Moscow’s Toes at Eastern Summit

    European Union leaders will again try to draw Russia’s neighbors closer at their Eastern Partnership summit starting Thursday in what has become a rite of geopolitical gamesmanship on the future of the continent. The last summit with six eastern nations turned into a dramatic standoff over Ukraine, with then-leader Viktor Yanukovych...

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