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    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...

    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...

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