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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

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

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