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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

Greece: Bombers target Greek central bank
10th Apr 2014

Greece: Bombers target Greek central bank

A car bomb has exploded outside Bank of Greece as the euro zone bailout nation prepares to return to the international loans market. The blast caused no injuries after unions staged a general strike against austerities. An explosion preceded by … Continued

Americans, Germans disagree on details of EU-US free trade agreement
10th Apr 2014

Americans, Germans disagree on details of EU-US free trade agreement

A majority of Americans and Germans support an EU-US free trade agreement, according to a new poll. But they disagree about whose regulatory standards should be adopted. The opinion survey found that support for an EU-US free trade agreement was … Continued

Germany: German forces raid offices of “Hizbullah affiliated” charity
9th Apr 2014

Germany: German forces raid offices of “Hizbullah affiliated” charity

  German authorities on Tuesday raided the offices of a charity organization that allegedly has ties to Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, accusing it of raising money for the group. Around 150 police officers searched premises across six states and confiscated cash, … Continued

Bosnia & Hercegovina: Srebrenica relatives sue Dutch government
8th Apr 2014

Bosnia & Hercegovina: Srebrenica relatives sue Dutch government

  Relatives of victims from the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia have sued the Netherlands. They say the Dutch government should have done more to prevent the 1995 killings, which left more than 8,000 people dead. The Mothers of Srebrenica on … Continued

EU: German Chancellor Merkel speaks tough on Russia sanctions
6th Apr 2014

EU: German Chancellor Merkel speaks tough on Russia sanctions

    Angela Merkel says the EU is ready to hit Russia with harsher sanctions should it further violate Ukrainian sovereignty. Her words come as her party begins its campaign for the European parliamentary elections.  Merkel used her speech to … Continued

EU-Africa summit focuses on trade and conflicts
3rd Apr 2014

EU-Africa summit focuses on trade and conflicts

  European and African leaders have opened a major summit seeking deeper political, economic and investment ties. The meeting will also focus on conflict prevention, like the violence in the Central African Republic.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for  a … Continued

NATO freezes cooperation with Russia over Ukraine
2nd Apr 2014

NATO freezes cooperation with Russia over Ukraine

  A meeting of NATO foreign ministers has agreed to halt all cooperation with Russia and to consider further deployments of troops to eastern Europe. The decision was made in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. NATO head Anders Fogh … Continued

Germany: Merkel highlights human rights, Crimea in meeting with China’s Xi Jinping
29th Mar 2014

Germany: Merkel highlights human rights, Crimea in meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

  German Chancellor Angela Merkel touched on human rights and the crisis in Crimea in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin. The two also presided over a series of business deals between their countries. Xi arrived after … Continued

Putin calls Obama to discuss crisis in Crimea
29th Mar 2014

Putin calls Obama to discuss crisis in Crimea

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has called his US counterpart Barack Obama to discuss the Crimea crisis. Their conversation focused on a diplomatic proposal made by Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the week. The two presidents agreed on … Continued

Germany: Merkel’s coalition drafts dual nationality plan for young foreigners
28th Mar 2014

Germany: Merkel’s coalition drafts dual nationality plan for young foreigners

  Germany may soon introduce limited dual citizenship for young adults born to resident foreigners under a draft law from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition. Teenage residents of Turkish origin would mainly benefit. Social Democrats and conservatives in Chancellor Merkel’s coalition … Continued

Obama: ‘This is not another Cold War we are entering into’
27th Mar 2014

Obama: ‘This is not another Cold War we are entering into’

US President Barack Obama has called on the West to remain united in its response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, saying that “with time” Moscow will realize “that brute force” cannot win. Obama used his key speech to some 2,000 … Continued

Nuclear Security Summit ends with focus on fighting nuclear terrorism
26th Mar 2014

Nuclear Security Summit ends with focus on fighting nuclear terrorism

  World leaders have closed the Nuclear Security summit with a pledge to keep looking for ways to ensure terrorists can’t obtain nuclear material. The meeting was, however, overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine.   At the end of the … Continued

25th Mar 2014

G8 suspended as standoff between world powers and Russia escalates

  The Group of 8 will not meet until Russia “changes course,” the seven other member nations have announced in a joint statement. A summit scheduled by the group in Sochi has been moved to Brussels, with Moscow excluded. Leaders … Continued

Malta: 90 African refugees rescued off Malta
21st Mar 2014

Malta: 90 African refugees rescued off Malta

  [African refugees rescued off coast of Malta archive photo] VALLETTA, (Xinhua): Some 90 African refugees have been rescued at sea off Malta by an Armed Forces Malta patrol vessel, a government statement said. The refugees, including five women, were … Continued

EU leaders hit Russia with more sanctions over Crimea
21st Mar 2014

EU leaders hit Russia with more sanctions over Crimea

  The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on 12 more individuals for their part in Russia’s seizure of Crimea. Bloc leaders have also begun preparations for harsher economic sanctions if Russia does not back down. French President Francois Hollande … Continued

Ukraine to pull troops out of disputed Crimea
20th Mar 2014

Ukraine to pull troops out of disputed Crimea

    Ukraine has announced plans to remove its military forces from the disputed Crimean territory. The announcement comes just hours after pro-Russian forces took control of several military bases across the peninsula. Pro-Russian military forces seized two military bases … Continued

Ukraine: EU mulls Crimea response as US warns Moscow of further sanctions
19th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU mulls Crimea response as US warns Moscow of further sanctions

  Washington has warned Moscow that it could face further isolation over the signing of a treaty to annex Crimea. While the EU debates more sanctions, Russian lawmakers have mocked measures announced so far. US Vice President Joe Biden warned … Continued

Ukraine: Putin signs decree recognizing Crimea has a sovereign state
18th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Putin signs decree recognizing Crimea has a sovereign state

  Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognizing Crimea as a sovereign state. It comes after Western leaders rejected a referendum in which 97 percent of Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation. According to a Kremlin statement, … Continued

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