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    Putin, Hollande Hope Ukraine Ceasefire Will Soon Take Hold
    Dec06

    Putin, Hollande Hope Ukraine Ceasefire Will Soon Take Hold

    French President Francois Hollande said after an impromptu visit to Russia for crisis talks with Vladimir Putin on Saturday that a ceasefire could take hold in eastern Ukraine in the next few days. The Russian president, who met Hollande during his stopover at a Moscow airport after a trip to Kazakhstan, said he also hoped agreement would be...

    Poroshenko: Kyiv Must Hold Donetsk Airport
    Dec05

    Poroshenko: Kyiv Must Hold Donetsk Airport

    Ukraine’s president said Friday that the country’s armed forces must not lose control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk. President Petro Poroshenko presented awards to a group of “cyborgs,” the name given to the soldiers and members of volunteer battalions who have fought at the Donetsk airport, the site of...

    Ukraine Announces Dec. 9 Truce
    Dec05

    Ukraine Announces Dec. 9 Truce

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a new cease-fire next week, as part of a push to end months of fighting with pro-Russian rebels near the Russian border. Thursday’s announcement said Ukraine troops will observe a day of silence Tuesday to usher in the truce. Russian and Western media quote rebel leaders as saying they...

    Bulgaria Claims Pain From EU Sanctions on Russia
    Dec04

    Bulgaria Claims Pain From EU Sanctions on Russia

    Bulgaria’s economy is being badly hurt by European Union economic sanctions against Russia, its prime minister said on Thursday. EU member states such as Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia, which are heavily dependent on Russian energy, have only reluctantly gone along with the sanctions, imposed over Russia’s annexation of...

    Kerry, Lavrov Trade Barbs on Ukraine
    Dec04

    Kerry, Lavrov Trade Barbs on Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov exchanged sharp comments on Ukraine at an international meeting in Basel, Switzerland. Secretary Kerry put the blame for the Ukraine crisis squarely on Russia, with his Russian counterpart sitting nearby. Kerry on Thursday accused Russia of providing weapons and other...

    Rolling Blackouts Expanded In Ukraine
    Dec04

    Rolling Blackouts Expanded In Ukraine

    Ukraine officials say rolling two-hour blackouts that began in some towns Monday are being expanded. Ukraine Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchishin said Wednesday a technical fault forced operations at the Zaporizka nuclear plant to shut down Friday. Concerns were raised earlier when Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke of a nuclear power plant...

    Russia’s Putin Defends Annexation of Crimea
    Dec04

    Russia’s Putin Defends Annexation of Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and accused the West of using the Ukraine crisis as a pretext to impose sanctions on Moscow. Delivering his annual state of the union speech Thursday, Putin referred to Crimea as Russia’s spiritual ground. On the subject of...

    President Obama ‘Impressed’ By ‘Clout’ of China’s Leader
    Dec04

    President Obama ‘Impressed’ By ‘Clout’ of China’s Leader

    President Barack Obama says he is impressed by the clout possessed by his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, likening his quick consolidation of power to that of Deng Xiaoping, who led China from 1978 to 1992. Obama, speaking to The Business Roundtable in Washington Wednesday, also said he is “less optimistic” about the prospects of improving...

    Governments Grow Bolder in Blocking Online Freedom, Study Says
    Dec04

    Governments Grow Bolder in Blocking Online Freedom, Study Says

    A growing number of nations are increasingly censoring parts of the Internet and passing laws to allow for greater surveillance of what people do and say online, according to a new report issued by Freedom House. The report released Thursday and titled “Freedom of the Net 2014,” is an annual survey of 65 governments and their policies regarding...

    Russia’s Ex-Economy Minister Sees Fundamental Problems
    Dec04

    Russia’s Ex-Economy Minister Sees Fundamental Problems

    Russia’s currency, the ruble, this week fell to its lowest value in a quarter century. Oil prices also fell as finance officials changed their economic forecast for next year from slight growth to recession. Russia’s economy is taking a beating from Western sanctions over Ukraine, and foreign investment is fleeing the country. But...

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