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Rebels in Ukraine Town Call for Russian Peacekeepers After Gun Battle

Rebels in Ukraine Town Call for  Russian Peacekeepers After Gun Battle

April 21, 2014

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Pro-Moscow separatists controlling the east Ukrainian town of Slavyansk called for Russian peacekeepers to deploy and announced a curfew after a gun battle nearby ...

Russia Promises Support to Ending Ukraine Crisis

Russia Promises Support to  Ending Ukraine Crisis

April 20, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing ...

Turkish President Rules Out Role Swap with Erdogan

Turkish President Rules  Out Role Swap with Erdogan

April 19, 2014

ANKARA - Turkey's president appeared to rule out a job swap with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan when his term as head of state ends in a few months, signaling strains between the allies ...

NATO Agrees Steps to Bolster Security of Eastern Allies

NATO Agrees Steps to  Bolster Security of Eastern Allies

April 17, 2014

BRUSSELS - NATO said on Wednesday the military alliance had decided on immediate steps to reinforce its forces in Eastern Europe because of the Ukraine crisis ...

OPCW Urges Probe into Reports of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

OPCW Urges Probe into Reports  of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

April 16, 2014

MOSCOW - Recent media reports claiming the Syrian opposition had used toxic gases must be investigated before drawing any conclusions, a senior Organization for the Prohibition ...

At Least 71 Killed, 124 Injured in Nigeria Blast

At Least 71 Killed, 124 Injured in Nigeria Blast

April 15, 2014

ABUJA - At least 71 people were killed and 124 others sustained injuries in the morning explosion which rocked a large motor park in Nigeria's capital city Abuja, Nigerian emergency ...

Germany to Refuse Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia: Report

Germany to Refuse Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia: Report

April 14, 2014

BERLIN - The German government would refuse to sale Leopard 2 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, German media reported on Sunday. German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel ...

UN Climate Report Balances Science and Politics

UN Climate Report  Balances Science and Politics

April 13, 2014

BERLIN - After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help ...

Ukraine Eyes Energy Assistance Package from EU

Ukraine Eyes Energy  Assistance Package from EU

April 12, 2014

KIEV - The European Union (EU) is considering an assistance package to Ukraine in a bid to counteract Russian influence on the country's energy system, Ukrainian Energy ...

EU Gas Imports from Russia Could Drop A Quarter By 2020

EU Gas Imports from Russia  Could Drop A Quarter By 2020

April 10, 2014

LONDON - Europe is stitching together a patchwork of measures that could reduce its natural gas imports from Russia by over a quarter by the end of the decade as a result of the Ukraine ...

Kerry Warns Russia of Tough New Sanctions

Kerry Warns Russia of Tough New Sanctions

April 09, 2014

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia of harsher economic sanctions if it does not back down from involvement in Ukraine ...

India Kicks Off World’s Biggest Election in Remote Northeast

India Kicks Off World’s Biggest  Election in Remote Northeast

April 08, 2014

DIBRUGARH, India - The first Indians cast their votes on Monday in the world's biggest election, with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi holding a strong lead ...

Time Running Out to Meet Global Warming Target: U.N. Report

Time Running Out to Meet Global  Warming Target: U.N. Report

April 07, 2014

OSLO - World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week ...

EU Working with Russia, Ukraine to Defuse Crisis

EU Working with Russia, Ukraine to Defuse Crisis

April 06, 2014

ATHENS, Greece - The European Union will continue to work with Russia and Ukraine to reduce tensions between the two countries but will keep sanctions as an option, the EU foreign ...

Ukraine to Hold Joint Military Drills with NATO, EU

Ukraine to Hold Joint  Military Drills with NATO, EU

April 02, 2014

KIEV - The Ukrainian parliament approved a bill on Tuesday to conduct joint military drills with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union ...

Gulf Region Still A Risk to Investors: Report

Gulf Region Still A Risk to Investors: Report

April 01, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Despite improvements in regulations and moves to diversify Arab economies away from natural resources, global investors remain wary of doing ...

Syria Accuses Rebels of Hindering Chemical Weapons Removal

Syria Accuses Rebels of Hindering Chemical Weapons Removal

March 31, 2014

DAMASCUS - Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on Sunday charged that armed groups are attempting to undermine cooperation between the Syrian government and the joint ...

Russia Denies Plans to Plant Overseas Military Bases

Russia Denies Plans to  Plant Overseas Military Bases

March 30, 2014

MOSCOW- Senior Russian officials have denied that the country intends to build a network of military bases abroad, but confirmed Moscow was in talks with several countries over ...

Obama Ready to Expand Covert Aid to Syrian Opposition: Report

Obama Ready to Expand Covert  Aid to Syrian Opposition: Report

March 29, 2014

WASHINGTON - The plan includes CIA training of about 600 Syrian opposition forces per month in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar, foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius wrote ...

Air Pollution Blamed for Seven Million Deaths in 2012

Air Pollution  Blamed for Seven  Million Deaths in 2012

March 26, 2014

GENEVA - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency ...

Egypt Court Sentences 528 Brotherhood Members to Death

Egypt Court Sentences 528  Brotherhood Members to Death

March 25, 2014

CAIRO - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 528 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday over assaulting police stations in the upper Egyptian province of Minya last ...

‘Possible’ Russia Could Enter Ukraine:Obama Aide

‘Possible’ Russia Could  Enter Ukraine:Obama Aide

March 24, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia accused the current Ukrainian authorities Friday of failing to control the situation in that country, saying Moscow might take Russian people there under its ...

Rasmussen Calls on NATO to Strengthen Economic, Military Ties

Rasmussen Calls on  NATO to Strengthen  Economic, Military Ties

March 23, 2014

BRUSSELS - Ukraine crisis is a "game-changer" for NATO allies who must strengthen their economic and military ties, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a speech ...

Family Anger Erupts As Malaysia Jet Search Appears Deadlocked

Family Anger Erupts As Malaysia  Jet Search Appears Deadlocked

March 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - Chinese relatives' anger over sparse information on the fate of their loved ones on board a missing Malaysian airliner sparked chaotic scenes on Wednesday at the ...

Obama Invites G7 Leaders for Meeting on Ukraine

Obama Invites G7 Leaders  for Meeting on Ukraine

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday invited allied leaders for an emergency meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action in response to Russia's involvement ...

Crimean Parliament Declares Independence from Ukraine

Crimean Parliament Declares Independence from Ukraine

March 18, 2014

SIMFEROPOL- The Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine on Monday, after official results showed 96.77 percent of Crimean voters chose to join Russia in Sunday's referendum ...

Syrian Army Fully Recaptures Yabroud Near Damascus

Syrian Army Fully Recaptures  Yabroud Near Damascus

March 17, 2014

DAMASCUS - Syrian troops on Sunday fully recaptured the town of Yabroud, dislodging the rebels from that strategic area north of the capital Damascus, local media said. The Syrian army ...

Crimea Prepares for Referendum Under Heavy Military Presence

Crimea Prepares for Referendum  Under Heavy Military Presence

March 16, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine ...

Russia Warns it Reserves Right to Protect Citizens in Ukraine

Russia Warns it  Reserves Right to Protect  Citizens in Ukraine

March 15, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia accused the current Ukrainian authorities Friday of failing to control the situation in that country, saying Moscow might take Russian people there under ...

EU Approves Framework for Asset Freezes, Travel Bans on Russi

EU Approves Framework for  Asset Freezes, Travel Bans on Russi

March 13, 2014

BRUSSELS - European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating ...

Syria Conflict Affects 5.5 Million Children: UN

Syria Conflict Affects  5.5 Million Children: UN

March 12, 2014

AMMAN - The number of children affected by Syria’s war doubled in the past year to 5.5 million, the UN said Tuesday, a heartrending picture of an entire generation on the verge ...

Russian Forces Tighten Grip on Crimea Despite U.S. Warning

Russian Forces Tighten Grip  on Crimea Despite U.S. Warning

March 10, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Sunday despite a U.S. warning to Moscow that annexing the southern Ukrainian region would close the door to diplomacy ...

Malaysia Airlines Plane Missing At Sea Off Vietnam, Presumed Crashed

Malaysia Airlines Plane Missing  At Sea Off Vietnam, Presumed Crashed

March 09, 2014

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew went missing off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and was presumed to have crashed ...

Putin Rebuffs Obama As Ukraine Crisis Escalates

Putin Rebuffs Obama  As Ukraine Crisis Escalates

March 08, 2014

MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday ...

EU to Impose Rapid Sanctions on Russia if Kiev Crisis Persists: French FM

EU to Impose Rapid  Sanctions on Russia if Kiev Crisis Persists: French FM

March 06, 2014

PARIS - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday warned Russia of rapid European sanctions if attempts to reach a diplomatic solution to end Ukraine's crisis failed ...