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    Turkey Rebuffs EU Criticism Over Foreign Policy Role
    Dec09

    Turkey Rebuffs EU Criticism Over Foreign Policy Role

    Turkey hit back on Tuesday at European Union accusations that it has drifted apart from the bloc on foreign policy, saying Ankara had been kept out of decision-making despite making major contributions to EU defense. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that Turkey, an EU membership candidate, had signed up to less than a...

    Ukraine, Rebels Observe ‘Day of Silence’
    Dec09

    Ukraine, Rebels Observe ‘Day of Silence’

    The Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebel forces are laying down their arms in an attempt to revive a September cease-fire. A spokesman confirmed the military has suspended hostilities as part of Tuesday’s so-called “Day of Silence.” Rebel leaders have also promised to abide by the truce. But it is not clear when the warring...

    IMF Visits Ukraine for Bailout Talks
    Dec09

    IMF Visits Ukraine for Bailout Talks

    Officials from the International Monetary Fund are visiting Ukraine Tuesday for talks on its $17 billion aid program — a key step towards bringing more funds to the cash-strapped country. The visit coincides with a so-called “Day of Silence,” when both Ukrainian forces and rebels have pledged to observe an effective truce on the...

    Human Rights Day Used to Highlight ‘Horrific 2014’
    Dec08

    Human Rights Day Used to Highlight ‘Horrific 2014’

    Wednesday is United Nations’ Human Rights Day. Many observers describe 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations. War is the major source of abuses around the world – and in the past twelve months, major conflicts have intensified. The Syrian civil war is approaching its 4th year. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and...

    Ukraine Peace Talks May Take Place This Week
    Dec08

    Ukraine Peace Talks May Take Place This Week

    Russia says it is committed to holding talks this week on ending the violence in eastern Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Russia is ready for another meeting of the so-called “contact group” on eastern Ukraine this week. “Contact group” members Russia, Ukraine,...

    US, UK Finally Join in Major Nuclear Meeting
    Dec08

    US, UK Finally Join in Major Nuclear Meeting

    The United States and Britain took part for the first time Monday in an international conference on nuclear weapons’ humanitarian impact and were expected to face pressure to do more to eliminate their atomic arsenals. The three other officially recognized nuclear weapon states – Russia, France and China – shunned the two-day meeting, which...

    Russia Displays Air Defense Systems Amid Ukraine Tensions
    Dec08

    Russia Displays Air Defense Systems Amid Ukraine Tensions

    Russia displayed its mobile air defense missile systems in central Moscow on Monday, underlining its military might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin said last week that Russia would have enough resources and resolve to protect it from what he described as enemies seeking to dismember the country. Mounted on dark...

    US Sanctions Aimed at Changing Power, Russian Envoy Says
    Dec08

    US Sanctions Aimed at Changing Power, Russian Envoy Says

    A senior Russian diplomat accused the United States on Monday of trying to bring down President Vladimir Putin with the sanctions it has imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told parliamentary deputies that ties between Moscow and Washington were in a very deep chill and were likely to remain so if...

    Merkel: Russia Meddling With Countries’ EU Aspirations
    Dec08

    Merkel: Russia Meddling With Countries’ EU Aspirations

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is bitterly accusing Russia of trying to meddle with the desires of eastern European countries to pursue a path of integration with the European Union. Merkel told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper that Russia has created difficulties for Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine after they made ‘sovereign decisions’ to...

    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...

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