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    Ruble’s Problems Spread to Other Ex-Soviet Currencies
    Jan07

    Ruble’s Problems Spread to Other Ex-Soviet Currencies

    Falling energy prices and the plunge in the Russian ruble are hitting currencies across the former Soviet states, with Belarus and Turkmenistan having already devalued this week and markets betting that Kazakhstan will follow soon. Countries of the former Soviet Union have had their own currencies for two decades, but many still depend on Russia,...

    Pro-Russian Group Claims Cyber Attack on German Government Websites
    Jan07

    Pro-Russian Group Claims Cyber Attack on German Government Websites

    German government websites, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s page, were hacked on Wednesday in a cyber attack claimed by a group demanding that Berlin sever official ties with the Ukrainian government. The attack, against which counter-measures were taken, had left the sites periodically inaccessible since 10 a.m. (0900 GMT), her...

    Separatist Attacks Kill 3 Ukrainian Servicemen
    Jan07

    Separatist Attacks Kill 3 Ukrainian Servicemen

    Ukraine said three of its soldiers have been killed in attacks by Russia-backed separatists over the last 24 hours, in the latest flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine since a cease-fire agreement was signed in September. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters in Kyiv on Wednesday that one of the troops was killed by a...

    Orthodox Christian World Celebrates Christmas
    Jan07

    Orthodox Christian World Celebrates Christmas

    Worshippers across the Orthodox Christian world have begun Christmas celebrations, with clergy in Bethlehem, Cairo, Moscow, Kyiv and other Eastern Christian communities commemorating the biblical birth of Jesus. In Bethlehem, which braced for a rare snowstorm, Syria’s Orthodox archbishop joined his Greek and Coptic Orthodox counterparts for...

    HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine on Civilian Casualties
    Jan06

    HRW Calls on Germany to Pressure Ukraine on Civilian Casualties

    A U.S.-based human rights group is calling on Germany to press Ukraine’s prime minister to ensure Ukrainian forces take all precautions to minimize harm to civilians in their fight against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. Human Rights Watch released a statement Tuesday saying German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as head of...

    France Calls for Lifting Russia Sanctions if Progress on Ukraine
    Jan05

    France Calls for Lifting Russia Sanctions if Progress on Ukraine

    French President Francois Hollande is calling for sanctions on Russia to be lifted if there is progress in Ukraine. During a two-hour radio interview, Hollande said sanctions imposed by Europe and the United States had not only hit Russia hard, but were also hurting the European economy. But there must be no new sanctions – and those in...

    Ukraine Reports First Military Death of 2015
    Jan02

    Ukraine Reports First Military Death of 2015

    Ukraine on Friday reported its first military death of 2015 in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, saying a soldier had been killed and five others wounded in attacks by the rebels. “In the past 24 hours one Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and another five have been injured because of provocative actions [by separatists],”...

    Ukrainian Channel Under Fire Over New Year’s Concert
    Jan02

    Ukrainian Channel Under Fire Over New Year’s Concert

    Ukraine’s biggest television channel is under fire after broadcasting a New Year’s Eve concert featuring Russian singers who have publicly supported separatists in eastern Ukraine. National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has urged the National Council on Television and Radio to immediately consider...

    Russians Worried, Defiant Amid Financial Crisis
    Jan02

    Russians Worried, Defiant Amid Financial Crisis

    Despite dire predictions about Russia’s economy for 2015, many Russians welcomed the New Year with cheers and hopes for a better future. With the sinking value of the ruble, some people say they crave stability more than they do prosperity. But the troubles, including political tensions with the West, seem to have spurred a surge of...

    Latvia Takes EU Reins Focused on Growth Plan, Border Defense
    Jan01

    Latvia Takes EU Reins Focused on Growth Plan, Border Defense

    Latvia took over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on Thursday, pledging to launch a 315 billion euro ($381 billion) investment plan for the bloc and hoping to start a review of Europe’s border defense. Latvia, which became an EU member in 2004 and adopted the euro a year ago, has said the investment plan unveiled by...

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