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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

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

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