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    Why France May Not Be Russia’s Next Hacking Target
    Jan13

    Why France May Not Be Russia’s Next Hacking Target

    Amid growing alarm Europe may be the next target of Russian cyberattacks, some believe France — which is gearing up for presidential and parliamentary elections this year — may not be the obvious choice. The reasons range from the candidates themselves to the lack of a powerful motive or payback for the same kind of election hacking that U.S....

    Hungary to Meet NATO Defense Spending Goal by 2026
    Jan13

    Hungary to Meet NATO Defense Spending Goal by 2026

    Hungary will increase its defense spending gradually to 2 percent of its economic output by 2026 from 0.95 percent now, Defense Minister Istvan Simicsko said Thursday. Hungary, which joined NATO in 1999, spends less on defense than other eastern European members Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Although military spending...

    Russia Concerned About US Troops in Poland
    Jan12

    Russia Concerned About US Troops in Poland

    Russia expressed concern Thursday about the arrival of U.S. soldiers and tanks in Poland, saying they are a threat to its security. The first contingent of American soldiers arrived in Poland from Germany Thursday, leading Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to call the operation a threat to Russia’s “interests and our security.” Eventually the...

    Vice President Biden to Make Swansong Visit to Ukraine
    Jan12

    Vice President Biden to Make Swansong Visit to Ukraine

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will fly to Kiev on Sunday on a farewell visit by one of Ukraine’s strongest political supporters, as the country looks forward with apprehension to the new administration of Donald Trump. Biden, whose visit was announced by the office of President Petro Poroshenko, has been the front man for U.S. policy...

    Senate Committee Advances Montenegro NATO Bid to Vote
    Jan12

    Senate Committee Advances Montenegro NATO Bid to Vote

    Soon after President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, left the hot seat in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearings, the committee voted in a business meeting to advance Montenegro’s bid to join NATO to the Senate floor. In December, the Senate failed to approve the treaty...

    Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?
    Jan11

    Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?

    At Tuesday’s funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country’s burgeoning alliance with...

    Tillerson to Address Russia, NATO in Opening Statement to Senate
    Jan11

    Tillerson to Address Russia, NATO in Opening Statement to Senate

    President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, is expected to address relations with Russia and China’s island-building in the South China Sea during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday morning. The Trump transition team released the opening statement Tillerson plans to present to the Senate panel....

    Monument to WWII Massacre of Poles Ransacked in Ukraine
    Jan10

    Monument to WWII Massacre of Poles Ransacked in Ukraine

    A monument to the victims of a World War II massacre in a western Ukrainian village has been destroyed by vandals, local police said on Tuesday. National Police in the Lviv region said in a statement that vandals destroyed a stone cross in Huta Pieniacka that commemorated Polish villagers who were massacred in 1944 by a Nazi unit mostly composed...

    Belarus to Allow Visa-free Entry for Short Trips for 80 Countries
    Jan10

    Belarus to Allow Visa-free Entry for Short Trips for 80 Countries

    Belarus will allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, for visits of up to five days, according to a presidential decree signed on Monday. The decree comes as the former Soviet republic is seeking to improve its image in the West and rely less on ally Russia. The relaxed...

    Britain Debates Adoption of ‘Magnitsky’ Legislation for Human Rights Abusers
    Jan09

    Britain Debates Adoption of ‘Magnitsky’ Legislation for Human Rights Abusers

    British lawmakers are debating legislation similar to the Magnitsky Act in the United States, which allows courts to impose visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials allegedly involved in the 2009 death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The U.S. Act has since been widened to include anyone accused of human rights abuses. Pressure is now growing...

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