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    Ukraine Says Rebels Keep Up Attacks Into New Year
    Jan01

    Ukraine Says Rebels Keep Up Attacks Into New Year

    Ukrainian separatists carried out sporadic attacks on government forces as the New Year began, wounding three soldiers, the Kyiv military said, as President Petro Poroshenko told the nation to brace for a year that would “not be easy.” The military said rebels had carried out several mortar and small arms attacks on Ukrainian positions in the...

    With Eyes on Russia, Lithuania Joins Eurozone
    Jan01

    With Eyes on Russia, Lithuania Joins Eurozone

    Lithuania joined the eurozone Thursday, hoping to anchor itself in Europe as its former master Russia flexes its military muscle in the region. The first Soviet republic to declare independence, in 1990, Lithuania is the last of the three Baltic states to join the currency union and will be the last country to do so for the foreseeable future. By...

    Energy Deals Keep Lights On for Ukraine’s New Year Festivities
    Dec31

    Energy Deals Keep Lights On for Ukraine’s New Year Festivities

    Ukraine will have stable enough imports of coal and electricity to welcome the New Year with well-lit festive trees in homes and illuminations on the streets, national energy authorities said Wednesday. “All Ukrainians will be able to greet the New Year with light. There will be no outages in the near future,” Volodymyr Demchyshyn...

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address
    Dec31

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised New Year’s address on Wednesday that the “return home” of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to Moscow’s control would forever remain an important chapter in Russia’s history. Putin is facing the biggest challenge of his 15-year rule as the Russian economy is sliding...

    Russian Opposition Leader Detained for Trying to Join Protest
    Dec31

    Russian Opposition Leader Detained for Trying to Join Protest

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained after trying to join his supporters in central Moscow Tuesday protesting his sentencing on fraud charges earlier in the day. The court gave the lawyer and blogger a suspended jail sentence, but ordered his brother, Oleg Navalny, who also was on trial, to serve three-and-a-half years in...

    Russian Opposition, US, EU Condemn Navalny Brothers’ Verdict
    Dec31

    Russian Opposition, US, EU Condemn Navalny Brothers’ Verdict

    Prominent Russian opposition leaders and officials of the United States and European Union have condemned the verdict against Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg as a disturbing and politically motivated decision intended to silence the main critic of President Vladimir Putin. Earlier Tuesday, a Russian court found Navalny guilty of defrauding a...

    Merkel Urges Germans to Welcome Refugees, Spurn Racism
    Dec31

    Merkel Urges Germans to Welcome Refugees, Spurn Racism

    Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to turn their backs on a growing grassroots movement of anti-Muslim protesters, calling them racists full of hatred, and said Europe’s biggest economy must welcome people fleeing conflict and war. In an unusually strongly worded New Year address that also condemned Russia for its actions in Ukraine,...

    Economist: Long Painful Recession in Store for Russia
    Dec31

    Economist: Long Painful Recession in Store for Russia

    Russia’s battered currency fell sharply again this week after a government report showed the economy had shrunk in November, the first such decline in five years. The Russian government recently announced steps to stabilize its banks and bolster the value of the beleaguered ruble. But experts say the country still faces a recession next...

    US to Station 150 Tanks, Armored Vehicles in Europe
    Dec30

    US to Station 150 Tanks, Armored Vehicles in Europe

    The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training there, according to a U.S. military commander. Some of the tanks and vehicles – enough to equip an armored brigade – could be placed in Poland, Romania or the Baltic states, Lieutenant-General Ben...

    Ukraine Eyes IMF Credit Lifeline in Early 2015
    Dec30

    Ukraine Eyes IMF Credit Lifeline in Early 2015

    Ukraine expects the International Monetary Fund to disburse new and overdue loans after a visit next month and still hopes a $17 billion bailout program can be expanded, its central bank chief said on Tuesday. Valeria Hontareva declined to give a value for the payment, even when pressed by journalists, but it is likely to total more than $4...

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