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    NATO: Georgia Training Facility Could Open in 2015
    Jan31

    NATO: Georgia Training Facility Could Open in 2015

    NATO said Friday that it hoped to open a training center in Georgia by the end of the year, signaling a strengthening of its relationship with the former Soviet republic that is likely to antagonize Russia. Georgia’s government has long hoped to join the military alliance. But Russia, which fought a 2008 war with Georgia over two...

    Aviation Leaders to Seek Mandate on Safety Standards
    Jan31

    Aviation Leaders to Seek Mandate on Safety Standards

    Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. Efforts to adopt new standards for global plane tracking and cooperation on the risks of flying over conflict...

    Russia Awards Crimean Bridge Contract to Putin Ally’s Company
    Jan31

    Russia Awards Crimean Bridge Contract to Putin Ally’s Company

    A company whose main owner is a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been awarded a contract to build a bridge linking mainland Russia with the Crimean Peninsula. A government order published Friday said Stroygazmontazh Corporation, whose majority owner is billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, was awarded the contract. Reports out of...

    Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided Over Conflict
    Jan31

    Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided Over Conflict

    People in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk districts find themselves right in the path of advancing Russian-backed rebels, who want to take back the territory they held at the beginning of the conflict last year. Many local residents are worried and afraid, but others say they would welcome the change, even when a rebel shell lands in...

    Kerry to Visit Ukraine, Germany
    Jan30

    Kerry to Visit Ukraine, Germany

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine and Germany next week for talks with officials, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that Kerry will travel to Kyiv, where he will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The meeting comes amid heightened tensions...

    New Clashes in Eastern Ukraine Leave 12 Dead
    Jan30

    New Clashes in Eastern Ukraine Leave 12 Dead

    At least 12 people have died in eastern Ukraine within the past day, in clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia separatists. Local officials said at least seven civilians were among the victims of Friday’s violence, the latest in a month of clashes after a cease-fire ruptured at the beginning of the year. The latest battles have...

    Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Creatively Promotes ‘Patriotic’ Propaganda
    Jan30

    Pro-Kremlin Youth Group Creatively Promotes ‘Patriotic’ Propaganda

    As Russia’s President Vladimir Putin faces international pressure over Ukraine and a failing economy, unofficial domestic groups are rallying to his support. One such youth organization, CET, or Network, uses creative multimedia to appeal to Russia’s urban youth with patriotic propaganda. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports....

    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...

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