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    Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of End of WWII
    May07

    Poland Marks 70th Anniversary of End of WWII

    Poland’s president led international commemorations on Thursday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a gathering meant as an alternative celebration to Moscow’s Red Square parade two days later. President Bronislaw Komorowski organized the ceremonies in Gdansk in reaction to the deep divisions between the West and...

    Russians Remark on WWII ‘Victory Day’ Commemorations
    May07

    Russians Remark on WWII ‘Victory Day’ Commemorations

    Russia is preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II with various events culminating in a grand military parade on Saturday from Red Square through central Moscow. On a recent Saturday at Moscow’s centrally-located Victory Park, construction workers erected a temporary stage for speeches and...

    Parade Hiccup as Russia Prepares to Unveil ‘Masterpiece’ Tank
    May07

    Parade Hiccup as Russia Prepares to Unveil ‘Masterpiece’ Tank

    A new high tech battle tank hailed by Russia as a “masterpiece” appeared to break down on Red Square on Thursday during a rehearsal for the military parade at which it will make its long-awaited debut. The tank’s driver raised a small red flag to show he had problems but managed to drive on about 30 minutes later after an...

    V-Day in Russia Evokes National Pride at Difficult Time
    May07

    V-Day in Russia Evokes National Pride at Difficult Time

    If you call history student Nikolai Podchasov on his cell phone these days, you will hear the popular wartime tune “Katyusha” while waiting for an answer. “I just like the song,” explains the 22-year-old Podchasov, who got it for free by dialing 1945 as part of a promotion tied to the Victory Day holiday. Symbols of the Soviet triumph in World...

    In Ukraine, 5 Troops Killed as Cease-fire Teeters on Brink
    May06

    In Ukraine, 5 Troops Killed as Cease-fire Teeters on Brink

    Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials said Wednesday. Army spokesman Andriy Lysenko said four soldiers died when their armored vehicle hit a mine near the front line town of Avdiivka....

    Report: 38 Million Internally Displaced Worldwide
    May06

    Report: 38 Million Internally Displaced Worldwide

    More people than ever before have been forced to flee their homes because of violence and conflict according to a new report by the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. A record-breaking 38 million people worldwide were internally displaced in 2014, including 11 million who were newly displaced, the group said. It is the third...

    Russia’s Turn to the East More Economic than Ideological
    May06

    Russia’s Turn to the East More Economic than Ideological

    Western leaders are boycotting a massive military victory parade in Moscow this week that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. But many Asian leaders, including China’s President Xi Jinping, will be attending – underscoring how Russia is looking East as tensions with the...

    NATO Briefly Shifts Command HQ to Romania
    May06

    NATO Briefly Shifts Command HQ to Romania

    NATO will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarter to Romania as the alliance continues to hone its ability to react to Russia’s moves in Ukraine and other security challenges, a top commander said Tuesday. The Allied Joint Force Command based in Naples, Italy, will relocate to Cincu, in mountainous central Romania, for 12...

    Russia’s ‘Victory Day’ Glory Over Nazis Overshadowed by Ukraine
    May05

    Russia’s ‘Victory Day’ Glory Over Nazis Overshadowed by Ukraine

    Russia is preparing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, known since the Soviet era as “The Great Patriotic War,” with a massive parade on May 9th of military hardware and millions of medals handed out to veterans or their relatives. But critics say the Soviet-style display of power and nationalism overshadows tragic...

    WWII Anniversary Brings Old Friends and New Worries
    May05

    WWII Anniversary Brings Old Friends and New Worries

    The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has special significance, with Russia becoming more assertive in Ukraine and sending its military planes to the edges of western countries’ airspace. Changes in the geostrategic balance and the transatlantic relationship are felt across the continent, not least in German towns that have hosted...

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