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Spanish politician Isabel Carrasco shot dead
13th May 2014

Spanish politician Isabel Carrasco shot dead

A female politician from Spain’s ruling party has been killed in the northern city of Leon. Isabel Carrasco was shot dead in public.   Officials said Carrasco, a provincial politician from Spain’s ruling Popular Party, was shot dead in the … Continued

Ukrainian forces kill up to 20 in Donetsk port of Mariupol
10th May 2014

Ukrainian forces kill up to 20 in Donetsk port of Mariupol

    Ukraine’s interim interior minister says security forces have killed 20 separatists in Mariupol. The EU has condemned separatists’ decision to push ahead with secession referenda scheduled for Sunday. Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote Friday on Facebook that … Continued

Sweden: ‘Pfizer didn’t live up to its promises': Reinfeldt
9th May 2014

Sweden: ‘Pfizer didn’t live up to its promises': Reinfeldt

  Sweden’s prime minister has said that a Pfizer takeover of AstraZeneca could slash jobs, undermine research, and offer little value for money for Swedish citizens whose taxes have been invested in the life sciences.   “We’ve devoted huge resources … Continued

Ukraine: Russian President Putin calls on separatists in Ukraine to postpone referendum
8th May 2014

Ukraine: Russian President Putin calls on separatists in Ukraine to postpone referendum

[Photo:  Pro Russian protesters in east Ukraine]   Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a secession vote in the country’s east. Putin also said he was pulling Russian troops back from the Ukrainian … Continued

Kosovo: After ethnic Serb lawmakers sit out vote on army, Kosovo dissolves parliament
8th May 2014

Kosovo: After ethnic Serb lawmakers sit out vote on army, Kosovo dissolves parliament

  Kosovo’s legislators have backed a motion for the dissolution of parliament, paving the way for early elections in June. The decision interrupted a controversial debate on Kosovo’s armed forces.   With all of Kosovo’s major political parties having previously … Continued

Ukraine moves special forces to Odessa, as European leaders mediate
6th May 2014

Ukraine moves special forces to Odessa, as European leaders mediate

  Ukraine has sent an elite national guard unit to its southern port city of Odessa, to stop the spread of fighting between government troops and a pro-Russia militia. Neighboring Moldova has put its borders on alert. Kyiv drafted police … Continued

Ukraine: ‘Military operation begins in eastern city of Slovyansk’
2nd May 2014

Ukraine: ‘Military operation begins in eastern city of Slovyansk’

Ukraine’s military has reportedly begun a military operation to regain control of the eastern city of Slovyansk. There are reports that at least one helicopter has been shot down over the city. Pro-Russian separatists said Ukrainian forces had begun a … Continued

Ukraine: IMF approves $17 billion bailout package
1st May 2014

Ukraine: IMF approves $17 billion bailout package

  The IMF has approved a $17 billion (12 billion euro) bailout package for Ukraine to help the country’s ailing economy. Russia, meanwhile, has said it “will not rush to anything stupid” in response to Western pressure. The IMF’s executive … Continued

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
29th Apr 2014

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The White House on Monday announced fresh sanctions on Russia, targeting seven government officials and 17 companies. These people, among them two from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, and entities were hit with a visas … Continued

Ukraine: Russia calls for ‘urgent measures’ to defuse Ukraine situation
27th Apr 2014

Ukraine: Russia calls for ‘urgent measures’ to defuse Ukraine situation

  The United States and Russia have made mutual requests for action to ease tensions in Ukraine. The US has expressed its concern over Russian military moves, while Russia wants the US to rein in Kyiv’s military. In a telephone … Continued

G7 agrees to impose new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis
26th Apr 2014

G7 agrees to impose new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

  The Group of Seven (G7) nations have agreed to “move swiftly” and impose new sanctions against Russia. They have accused Moscow of failing to implement the Geneva accord, aimed to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine.   The major powers … Continued

Ukraine: Kerry warns Russia against ‘grave and expensive’ Ukraine mistake
25th Apr 2014

Ukraine: Kerry warns Russia against ‘grave and expensive’ Ukraine mistake

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia to change course on the unrest in eastern Ukraine. His comments followed Russia’s announcement that it would resume military exercises near the border. On Thursday, John Kerry said that Russia … Continued

Finland: Eight dead in airplane crash in Southwest Finland
21st Apr 2014

Finland: Eight dead in airplane crash in Southwest Finland

          [Rescuers are seen at the Jamijarvi Airport, a popular gliding center shared by parachuting clubs, Finland (Xinhua/Zhang Xuan)]   HELSINKI, (Xinhua): A small passenger plane carrying 10 parachuters crashed on Sunday in the Satakunta region, … Continued

UKraine: Five killed in eastern Ukraine clash
20th Apr 2014

UKraine: Five killed in eastern Ukraine clash

  MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Five people were killed early Sunday during a clash between gunmen and pro-Russia protesters in eastern Ukraine’s town of Slavyansk, the Russian state television reported. A group of unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russia protesters, … Continued

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces deal to ‘disband illegal armed groups’ across Ukraine
18th Apr 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov announces deal to ‘disband illegal armed groups’ across Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has announced an international deal on the conflict in Ukraine, agreed at talks in Geneva. The agreement included a move to “disband illegal armed groups” throughout the country. Lengthy talks between Russia, Ukraine, the US … Continued

Diplomats converge on Geneva for Ukraine talks
17th Apr 2014

Diplomats converge on Geneva for Ukraine talks

Geneva is about to host high-stake talks on Ukraine after its interim government tried to recapture eastern towns from armed pro-Russian activists. US officials say the West might impose more sanctions on Russia. Top officials of the crisis-torn Ukraine, the … Continued

Ukraine: Putin warns Merkel of civil war in Ukraine
16th Apr 2014

Ukraine: Putin warns Merkel of civil war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war. Putin’s warming comes after Kyiv deployed troops against Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine. Speaking with Chancellor Merkel via phone on … Continued

Ukraine blames unrest in the east on ‘Russian aggression’
13th Apr 2014

Ukraine blames unrest in the east on ‘Russian aggression’

Pro-Russian activists have seized government buildings and occupied police stations in eastern Ukraine. Interior minister Arsen Avakov blamed the unrest on Russia and said Ukraine was preparing a “response plan.” “The Ukrainian authorities consider the events of the day as … Continued

G20 expresses concern about Ukraine fallout, pushes US on IMF reforms
12th Apr 2014

G20 expresses concern about Ukraine fallout, pushes US on IMF reforms

  The Group of 20 leading economic powers has said that it is closely monitoring the situation in crisis-stricken Ukraine. At the same time, it has called on the US to ratify reforms to the International Monetary Fund.   The … Continued

Ukraine warns of crackdown on pro-Russian protesters in east
10th Apr 2014

Ukraine warns of crackdown on pro-Russian protesters in east

  Ukraine’s government in Kyiv has warned of a crackdown on pro-Russian protesters in the east. Moscow, meanwhile, has called the allegations it is amassing troops along the border with Ukraine “baseless.” Ukraine’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Wednesday … Continued

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