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    US Urges Greece to Resolve Financial Crisis Within Eurozone
    Jun29

    US Urges Greece to Resolve Financial Crisis Within Eurozone

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urged Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to find ‘a sustainable’ solution to the Greek financial crisis for the sake of the global economy. Markets are reacting negatively to the closure of Greek banks and the impasse between Athens and the European Union as Tuesday’s deadline for a Greek loan...

    Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, Middle East
    Jun26

    Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, Middle East

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss continued tensions in eastern Ukraine and various areas of concern in the Middle East. The White House said Obama told his Russian counterpart that he needs to remove all “troops and equipment” from Ukrainian territory. The call came on the same day...

    State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year
    Jun25

    State Department: Russia Restricted Freedoms, Prosecuted Critics Last Year

    Restrictions on freedom of expression, politically-motivated prosecutions, and government discrimination against minorities were among the most significant human rights problems in Russia last year, the U.S. State Department says in its newly-released human rights report for 2014. The report, released Thursday, says Russia’s government last...

    Countries, Human Rights Abuses in US Report
    Jun25

    Countries, Human Rights Abuses in US Report

    In addition to serial abusers Iran and Cuba, the State Department Human Rights report listed numerous other countries where similar behavior occurs. Here’s a look at those countries and what the State Department says they did: Middle East Syria: Massacres by government and allied militias, civilian neighborhoods bombarded, prisoner abuse,...

    NATO Warns Heavy Fighting Could Resume in Ukraine
    Jun25

    NATO Warns Heavy Fighting Could Resume in Ukraine

    NATO’s head warned on Thursday of a risk of a return to heavy fighting in Ukraine but said it would be unwise to declare a cease-fire agreement dead, despite repeated violations, because it remained the best hope for peace. The Ukrainian military on Tuesday accused pro-Russian rebels of conducting long-range artillery attacks on villages in...

    Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal
    Jun24

    Ukraine Talks Show Little Progress on Cease-fire, Political Deal

    Overnight talks on the Ukraine conflict ended late in Paris and with little sign of progress on a February peace deal agreed on in Minsk. Though foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine underscored their support for the cease-fire plan, fighting between Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces threatens to derail it. German...

    Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities
    Jun24

    Military Experts Question New Russian Tank Capabilities

    Russia has been showing off its new combat tank design, which officials claim is 20 years ahead of current Western designs. But military analysts question those assertions, and warn the cost could be too heavy a burden for Russia’s struggling economy. During Russia’s Victory Day military parade on May 9, as fighter jets roared...

    US Defense Chief Meets With NATO Counterparts
    Jun24

    US Defense Chief Meets With NATO Counterparts

    U.S. Defense Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is due to meet with his NATO counterparts in Brussels Wednesday to discuss plans for dealing with Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Secretary Carter is on a week-long tour of Europe focused on U.S.-Europe cooperation in the face of the evolving situation with Russia, which is accused of providing...

    Carter: US Will Not Rely on ‘Cold War Playbook’ With Russia
    Jun23

    Carter: US Will Not Rely on ‘Cold War Playbook’ With Russia

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the United States “will not rely on the Cold War playbook” in dealing with Russia, but instead will rely on a combination of military and non-military tools to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine. He spoke in Berlin before traveling Tuesday to Estonia for meetings with the defense ministers of...

    Freedom House Says Liberty Under Attack in Europe, Central Asia
    Jun23

    Freedom House Says Liberty Under Attack in Europe, Central Asia

    A democracy advocacy group says that freedoms across Europe are increasingly under attack by authoritarian states. In a report released Tuesday, the Washington-based Freedom House assessed 29 countries across Central Europe and Eurasia, and said nearly half suffered downgrades in their democracy scores. Project director for the report, Sylvana...

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