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    World Leaders Give Christmas Day Blessings, Speak Out Against Injustices
    Dec25

    World Leaders Give Christmas Day Blessings, Speak Out Against Injustices

    After a particularly violent week leading up to the Christmas holiday, world leaders used their yearly holiday messages to heal and speak out against injustices. Bells at the Church of the Nativity summoned the faithful to Mass in the little town of Bethlehem, where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad...

    Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise
    Dec25

    Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise

    Russian preparations for the New Year holiday are clouded by economic recession and a tumbling currency, the ruble. Nonetheless, people in the Russian capital appear to be in a festive mood. Despite economic worries, Moscow’s residents and visitors are flocking to Christmas fairs to enjoy seasonal and amusements. But a fiscal freeze is...

    Russia: Kyiv’s Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe
    Dec25

    Russia: Kyiv’s Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kyiv’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. The Kyiv parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status this week as a...

    Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar
    Dec25

    Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar

    Russia said its currency crisis was over on Thursday but warned that inflation is set to climb above 10 percent, adding to the problems facing President Vladimir Putin’s government as it fights its worst economic crisis since 1998. The ruble plunged to all-time lows last week on heavy falls in the price of oil, the backbone of the Russian...

    Pope Condemns IS ‘Persecution’ of Minorities
    Dec25

    Pope Condemns IS ‘Persecution’ of Minorities

    Pope Francis condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents in his Christmas message on Thursday and urged people not to be indifferent to the suffering of so many around the world. Christmas is one of the holiest days for Christians, who on Thursday celebrate the birth of Jesus. Tens of thousands of people turned...

    After Kenyatta Setback, ICC Struggles to Move Ahead
    Dec24

    After Kenyatta Setback, ICC Struggles to Move Ahead

    The International Criminal Court was created to pursue some of the world’s most heinous crimes in places unable to deliver justice. No perpetrator is too powerful to face charges at the Hague-based tribunal. Or that was the idea. But the collapse of the case against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and other setbacks are fueling a...

    Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades
    Dec24

    Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades

    Ukraine will be forced to implement more power cuts if the weather gets sharply colder, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday. Kyiv had already temporarily cut off electricity to Crimea. Ukraine used to be self-sufficient in electricity, but months of fighting a pro-Russian uprising has disrupted coal supplies to thermal power plants,...

    Russian Official: NATO Turning Ukraine into ‘Frontline of Confrontation’
    Dec24

    Russian Official: NATO Turning Ukraine into ‘Frontline of Confrontation’

    Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine’s hopes of joining it were realized. The Kyiv parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged...

    Ukraine, Rebels Set for Fresh Peace Talks​
    Dec24

    Ukraine, Rebels Set for Fresh Peace Talks​

    Ukraine’s government is set to meet with pro-Russian rebels Wednesday for a fresh round of talks aimed at ending the separatist war in the east. The talks in Belarus will include representatives from Ukraine, the eastern rebels, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). A representative of the OSCE, which...

    Eurasian Economic Union on Shaky Ground at Outset
    Dec23

    Eurasian Economic Union on Shaky Ground at Outset

    The Eurasian Economic Union is headed for a rough start. Officials from members of the economic alliance, which was modeled on the European Union and officially comes into effect January 1, met Tuesday in Moscow under the pain of Russia’s collapsing economy and the absence of Ukraine. Western sanctions over Ukraine and a drop in the price...

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