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Kosovo: Security forces break up violent protest over Serb bridge barrier in northern Kosovo
23rd Jun 2014

Kosovo: Security forces break up violent protest over Serb bridge barrier in northern Kosovo

Police have broken up a protest by ethnic Albanians against the blockade by ethnic Serbs of the main bridge in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo. The town has often seen tension between the two ethnic groups. There were conflicting reports of … Continued

Ukraine:  Separatists down Ukraine military plane
14th Jun 2014

Ukraine: Separatists down Ukraine military plane

      Pro-Russian separatists have shot down a Ukrainian military plane, killing dozens of soldiers. The incident comes amid reports that Moscow has supplied the rebels with heavy weapons.   Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that 49 people … Continued

Sweden: Merkel meets Juncker opponents in mini-summit
10th Jun 2014

Sweden: Merkel meets Juncker opponents in mini-summit

    [Photo: Jean-Claude Juncker]   Officially, nominating Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is not up for discussion in Harpsund, Sweden. But the meeting conspicuously unites Merkel with three of Juncker’s more prominent opponents.   “It certainly should not … Continued

Ukraine: Poroshenko takes oath of office as new president
7th Jun 2014

Ukraine: Poroshenko takes oath of office as new president

Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, has taken the oath of office in parliament in Kyiv. He faces the huge challenge of uniting a country teetering on the brink of civil war.   Petro Poroshenko was inaugurated on Saturday as the … Continued

G7 summit ends with warnings to Russia to cooperate with Kyiv
6th Jun 2014

G7 summit ends with warnings to Russia to cooperate with Kyiv

The G7 summit in Brussels has closed with the US and UK reiterating calls for Russia to open talks with Ukraine’s new government or face further sanctions. Russia was notably absent after being suspended from the group. US President Barack … Continued

France: World leaders, royalty, veterans gather in France for D-Day tribute to Allied forces
6th Jun 2014

France: World leaders, royalty, veterans gather in France for D-Day tribute to Allied forces

    Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings of 156,000 troops that signalled the end of World War Two have started in Normandy. Leaders from the US, Russia, Germany and Britain are attending.  On the … Continued

G7 leaders say they will consider extra ‘restrictive measures’ against Russia
5th Jun 2014

G7 leaders say they will consider extra ‘restrictive measures’ against Russia

      Leaders from the G7 group of industrialized nations have said they will consider further measures against Russia, if necessary, over the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin had been excluded from the talks. The leaders of the … Continued

NATO defense ministers agree on ‘readiness plan’
4th Jun 2014

NATO defense ministers agree on ‘readiness plan’

      NATO defense ministers have agreed on a response plan for eastern Europe, after US President Barack Obama pledged to boost regional security. However, ministers stressed a previous deal with Russia would be respected.  Ministers agreed on Wednesday … Continued

Belgium: Brussels shooting suspect in possession of guns, incriminating video
2nd Jun 2014

Belgium: Brussels shooting suspect in possession of guns, incriminating video

    Prosecutors in Belgium and France are confident they have found the man behind a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Belgium. The suspect detained was carrying weapons, an ISIL flag, and a video ‘claiming responsibility.’   Public prosecutors … Continued

Italy: At least 3,000 migrants cross into Italian waters
1st Jun 2014

Italy: At least 3,000 migrants cross into Italian waters

      Within 24 hours, Italian authorities have seen thousands of asylum seekers nearing their coastline near Sicily. Most of the refugees were said to be Syrian and Egyptian.  The Italian navy confirmed on Saturday that roughly 3,000 asylum … Continued

France’s Le Pen seeks far right group in European Parliament
29th May 2014

France’s Le Pen seeks far right group in European Parliament

      France’s Marine Le Pen’s National Front has teamed with other parties in an effort to build a right-wing alliance in parliament. Although she struggled for support, Le Pen is confident she’ll form a Euroskeptic group.  After leading … Continued

EU leaders to ‘digest’ voter rebuff in Brussels
27th May 2014

EU leaders to ‘digest’ voter rebuff in Brussels

  EU leaders converge on Brussels shortly to assess the weekend’s electoral jolt delivered by euroskeptic and far-right parties. France’s President Francois Hollande has called for a reduced EU role.  Leaders of the 28-nation EU bloc converged on Brussels later … Continued

Ukrainian forces launch airstrike on Donetsk airport
27th May 2014

Ukrainian forces launch airstrike on Donetsk airport

    Ukraine’s military has launched an airstrike on pro-Russian separatists who seized an airport in the eastern city of Donetsk. The country’s newly-elected president has indicated a willingness to hold talks with Moscow.   Machine-gun fire and explosions could … Continued

Ukraine: Pro-Russian separatists force closure of Donetsk airport one day after presidential elections
26th May 2014

Ukraine: Pro-Russian separatists force closure of Donetsk airport one day after presidential elections

    Pro-Russian separatists have shut down the main airport in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk. The closure comes one day after rebels thwarted voting across parts of the country’s east in Sunday’s presidential election.  The head of Donetsk airport’s … Continued

EU: Politicians assess outcome of the EU vote, jockey for positions
26th May 2014

EU: Politicians assess outcome of the EU vote, jockey for positions

    [Photo: Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right National Front political party made huge gains in EU elections]   Europe’s leaders have begun debating the victory of euroskeptic and radical parties, such as the right-wing in France. Wrangling over the … Continued

Germany: Erdogan slams critics in Cologne speech
25th May 2014

Germany: Erdogan slams critics in Cologne speech

  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at his critics in Turkey and abroad in a speech in the German city of Cologne. His visit triggered a large street demonstration. In his speech on Saturday to  thousands … Continued

Belgium: Police detain suspect after Brussels shooting kills three
25th May 2014

Belgium: Police detain suspect after Brussels shooting kills three

    Police in Brussels have detained one suspect in the fatal shooting of three people at the city’s Jewish Museum. A manhunt for a second suspect is continuing. Two women and a man were killed in Saturday’s armed attack, … Continued

Ukraine: Rebels carry out deadly attacks on Ukrainian troops
23rd May 2014

Ukraine: Rebels carry out deadly attacks on Ukrainian troops

    Separatist rebels have killed at least 13 Ukrainian soldiers in clashes in the east of the country. The violence comes just three days before a crucial presidential poll that the government hopes could calm tensions. Thursday’s attacks were … Continued

Ukraine round table talks end without tangible results
18th May 2014

Ukraine round table talks end without tangible results

    Talks meant to pave the way for next weekend’s presidential election in Ukraine have broken up without tangible results. Criticism of Kyiv from Russia and eastern separatists continues.  The  round table talks in the eastern city of Kharkiv … Continued

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods kill 19, thousands evacuated
18th May 2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods kill 19, thousands evacuated

  A truck runs on a water-logged street in Banja Luka, capital of Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina,  (Xinhua/Borislav Zdrinja)        SARAJEVO, (Xinhua): At least 19 people were killed by floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina … Continued

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