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    Thirty Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn to Return to ‘Death Zone’
    Apr22

    Thirty Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn to Return to ‘Death Zone’

    April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster – when a reactor at a nuclear power plant in then Soviet-controlled Ukraine exploded, releasing huge amounts of radiation. 116,000 people living around the plant were evacuated, and a further 220,000 were forced to leave in subsequent years as the “death zone” of...

    Gorbachev to West: Stop Isolating Russia
    Apr21

    Gorbachev to West: Stop Isolating Russia

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Western countries to stop isolating Russia and end the use of individual sanctions all together in an article published in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta government daily on Thursday. The 85-year-old Gorbachev wrote that Russia plays an “important and positive” part in international relations, and said the...

    US, European Leaders to Hold Summit in Germany
    Apr20

    US, European Leaders to Hold Summit in Germany

    U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with leaders from the United States, France, Britain, Germany and Italy next week for an informal meeting expected to cover topics including Syria, Libya and migration. Obama will attend Monday’s talks with French leader Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s David Cameron...

    EU Proposes Visa-Free Travel for Ukrainians
    Apr20

    EU Proposes Visa-Free Travel for Ukrainians

    The European Union is considering a proposal to offer visa-free travel up to 90 days in the 28-nation bloc to Ukrainians, rewarding the country for its judicial and security reforms. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Wednesday in Brussels, the Ukrainian government has successfully achieved “far-reaching and difficult reforms”...

    Ukraine Central Bank Gets Tough With Owners of Private Banks
    Apr20

    Ukraine Central Bank Gets Tough With Owners of Private Banks

    Ukraine will closely track assets belonging to owners of banks to stop the offering of sweetheart loans to shareholders – a practice that helped bankrupt 40 percent of the banking sector, a deputy governor of the central bank said. So far the regulator has been praised for its clean-up of banks, required under a $17.5 billion IMF-led bailout...

    30 Years After Blast, Desolation and Activity at Chernobyl
    Apr20

    30 Years After Blast, Desolation and Activity at Chernobyl

    Thirty years after the world’s worst nuclear accident, the Chernobyl power plant is surrounded by both desolation and clangorous activity, the sense of a ruined past and a difficult future. The plant is derelict. After the No. 4 reactor exploded in the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, its other reactors were gradually taken out of...

    NATO, Russian Officials Meet For First Time in Two Years
    Apr20

    NATO, Russian Officials Meet For First Time in Two Years

    The NATO-Russia Council has convened for the first time since 2014, with recent tensions between Russia and the United States high on the agenda. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Wednesday’s meeting is especially important because of last week’s incidents, when the United States accused Russian warplanes of flying within a...

    Crimea Prosecutor Seeks ‘Extremism’ Case Against Journalist
    Apr19

    Crimea Prosecutor Seeks ‘Extremism’ Case Against Journalist

    Authorities in Russia-annexed Crimea have released a journalist affiliated with the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty on bail, but with travel restrictions, according to a report quoting his lawyer. Prosecutor General of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya says a criminal case has been launched against the journalist, named as Nikolai Semena,...

    Ukrainian President Hints at Deal with Russia to Swap Pilot
    Apr19

    Ukrainian President Hints at Deal with Russia to Swap Pilot

    Ukraine and Russia may have reached a deal to release jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko in a swap for two Russian officers convicted by a Ukrainian court. Both Kyiv and Moscow confirmed that in a telephone conversation Monday President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about Savchenko and the two Russian...

    Obama-Putin Hold ‘Intense’ Talk on Syria
    Apr19

    Obama-Putin Hold ‘Intense’ Talk on Syria

    Amid reports that Syrian peace talks are at an impasse, U.S. President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to use his influence with the Assad regime during a phone call early Monday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Obama had an “intense” conversation with Putin that centered on the situation...

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