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    Britain Demands Explanation of Russian Bombers Flying Near Airspace
    Jan30

    Britain Demands Explanation of Russian Bombers Flying Near Airspace

    Britain summoned Russia’s ambassador Thursday to explain why two Russian Bear long-range bombers flew close to British airspace, forcing British authorities to divert civil aircraft. The Foreign Office said in a statement that Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jets were scrambled to intercept the Russian bombers, which were in a “U.K. area of...

    Belarus Backtracks After Spooking Market With Debt Restructuring Talk
    Jan30

    Belarus Backtracks After Spooking Market With Debt Restructuring Talk

    Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko spooked bond markets on Thursday by speaking of a possible restructuring of $4 billion of Belarussian foreign debt falling due this year, then softened his comments to refer only to refinancing. During a marathon news conference the veteran Belarussian leader made the bombshell comment that Belarus might...

    HRW: Security Measures Erode Human Rights Worldwide
    Jan29

    HRW: Security Measures Erode Human Rights Worldwide

    The international organization Human Rights Watch says world governments make a serious mistake when they sacrifice human rights in the name of tightening security measures. In its annual review of global human rights released Thursday, the group said Nigeria, Iraq, Syria, Israel and the United States are among the nations using security concerns...

    Rebels Press Assault in Eastern Ukraine
    Jan29

    Rebels Press Assault in Eastern Ukraine

    Fighting continued Thursday in the northern sector of the former cease-fire line in eastern Ukraine as Russian-backed rebels pressed their offensive aimed at moving the line farther west. The battle has left Popasna, and many other towns in the Luhansk region, on edge. The mayor says about a quarter of the population of 22,000 has fled, including...

    Russia Warns West of ‘Big Catastrophe’ Over Ukraine
    Jan29

    Russia Warns West of ‘Big Catastrophe’ Over Ukraine

    Moscow’s envoy to European security watchdog OSCE urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to stop supporting the “party of war’” in Ukraine and warned a “big catastrophe” could lie ahead, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry. “I would like to appeal to the representatives of countries that have influence on...

    Strains in US-Russia Relations Predate Current Crisis
    Jan29

    Strains in US-Russia Relations Predate Current Crisis

    There are signs of increased strains in U.S. relations with Russia. On Monday, the U.S. accused three Russian citizens in the United States of having ties to a Russian spy ring, a charge Russia denies. The charges follow stepped up U.S. criticism of Russia for what Western powers say is Moscow’s continued support of separatists in Ukraine....

    Kyiv, Moscow Trade Barbs Over Escalation of Conflict in E. Ukraine
    Jan28

    Kyiv, Moscow Trade Barbs Over Escalation of Conflict in E. Ukraine

    Russia and Ukraine again blamed each other Wednesday for the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in Kyiv, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko described the situation as tense, adding that pro-Russian rebels are attacking the army on all fronts. The spokesman also said that the hostilities have intensified in Debaltseve, a strategic...

    Ukrainian Military Leader Vows No Letup Against Rebels
    Jan28

    Ukrainian Military Leader Vows No Letup Against Rebels

    A spokesman for Ukraine’s front-line military told VOA on Wednesday that commanders would do whatever was necessary to defend areas threatened by the latest offensive by Russian-backed rebels in the east. Speaking at a military base in eastern Ukraine as trucks carrying supplies and heavy equipment came and went, Lieutenant Colonel Leonid...

    Ukraine Court Wants Cameo From Hollywood’s Oliver Stone
    Jan28

    Ukraine Court Wants Cameo From Hollywood’s Oliver Stone

    Famed Hollywood director Oliver Stone created a small social media storm when a post on his Facebook page late last year showed him interviewing and casually strolling through a park with fugitive former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Now Stone might face a summons by a Ukrainian court to provide information on the deposed leader’s...

    EU to Extend Russia Sanctions
    Jan28

    EU to Extend Russia Sanctions

    The European Union will extend by six months sanctions imposed on Russia last March over its annexation of Crimea, add new people to those under sanctions and prepare new measures, draft conclusions for an EU foreign ministers meeting showed. EU foreign ministers will meet on Thursday in Brussels for emergency talks to address renewed fighting in...

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