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G7 Agrees New Sanctions on Russia As Observers Held in Ukraine

G7 Agrees New Sanctions on  Russia As Observers Held in Ukraine

April 27, 2014

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Leaders of the Group of Seven major economies agreed to impose more sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists ...

India’s Congress to Join Hands with Smaller Parties to Stop BJP Come to Power: Official

India’s Congress to Join  Hands with Smaller Parties to  Stop BJP Come to Power: Official

April 26, 2014

NEW DELHI - India's Congress party is mulling joining hands with smaller parties to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from coming power, said a Congress official ...

Russia Says Kiev, U.S. Distorting Ukraine Geneva Accord

Russia Says Kiev, U.S. Distorting Ukraine Geneva Accord

April 24, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia on Wednesday accused Kiev and the United States of distorting an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the Ukraine crisis and of ignoring what ...

France to Unveil Plan to Fight Syrian Jihadist Threat

France to Unveil Plan  to Fight Syrian Jihadist Threat

April 23, 2014

PARIS - France is to unveil policies to stop its citizens joining the Syrian civil war, a government source said on Tuesday, aiming to prevent young French Muslims becoming ...

Syria Calls Presidential Vote, Defying Assad’s Opponents

Syria Calls Presidential Vote,  Defying Assad’s Opponents

April 22, 2014

BEIRUT - Syria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days ...

Rebels in Ukraine Town Call for Russian Peacekeepers After Gun Battle

Rebels in Ukraine Town Call for  Russian Peacekeepers After Gun Battle

April 21, 2014

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine - Pro-Moscow separatists controlling the east Ukrainian town of Slavyansk called for Russian peacekeepers to deploy and announced a curfew after a gun battle nearby ...

Russia Promises Support to Ending Ukraine Crisis

Russia Promises Support to  Ending Ukraine Crisis

April 20, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing ...

Turkish President Rules Out Role Swap with Erdogan

Turkish President Rules  Out Role Swap with Erdogan

April 19, 2014

ANKARA - Turkey's president appeared to rule out a job swap with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan when his term as head of state ends in a few months, signaling strains between the allies ...

NATO Agrees Steps to Bolster Security of Eastern Allies

NATO Agrees Steps to  Bolster Security of Eastern Allies

April 17, 2014

BRUSSELS - NATO said on Wednesday the military alliance had decided on immediate steps to reinforce its forces in Eastern Europe because of the Ukraine crisis ...

OPCW Urges Probe into Reports of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

OPCW Urges Probe into Reports  of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

April 16, 2014

MOSCOW - Recent media reports claiming the Syrian opposition had used toxic gases must be investigated before drawing any conclusions, a senior Organization for the Prohibition ...

At Least 71 Killed, 124 Injured in Nigeria Blast

At Least 71 Killed, 124 Injured in Nigeria Blast

April 15, 2014

ABUJA - At least 71 people were killed and 124 others sustained injuries in the morning explosion which rocked a large motor park in Nigeria's capital city Abuja, Nigerian emergency ...

Germany to Refuse Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia: Report

Germany to Refuse Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia: Report

April 14, 2014

BERLIN - The German government would refuse to sale Leopard 2 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, German media reported on Sunday. German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel ...

UN Climate Report Balances Science and Politics

UN Climate Report  Balances Science and Politics

April 13, 2014

BERLIN - After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help ...

Ukraine Eyes Energy Assistance Package from EU

Ukraine Eyes Energy  Assistance Package from EU

April 12, 2014

KIEV - The European Union (EU) is considering an assistance package to Ukraine in a bid to counteract Russian influence on the country's energy system, Ukrainian Energy ...

EU Gas Imports from Russia Could Drop A Quarter By 2020

EU Gas Imports from Russia  Could Drop A Quarter By 2020

April 10, 2014

LONDON - Europe is stitching together a patchwork of measures that could reduce its natural gas imports from Russia by over a quarter by the end of the decade as a result of the Ukraine ...

Kerry Warns Russia of Tough New Sanctions

Kerry Warns Russia of Tough New Sanctions

April 09, 2014

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia of harsher economic sanctions if it does not back down from involvement in Ukraine ...

India Kicks Off World’s Biggest Election in Remote Northeast

India Kicks Off World’s Biggest  Election in Remote Northeast

April 08, 2014

DIBRUGARH, India - The first Indians cast their votes on Monday in the world's biggest election, with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi holding a strong lead ...

Time Running Out to Meet Global Warming Target: U.N. Report

Time Running Out to Meet Global  Warming Target: U.N. Report

April 07, 2014

OSLO - World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week ...

EU Working with Russia, Ukraine to Defuse Crisis

EU Working with Russia, Ukraine to Defuse Crisis

April 06, 2014

ATHENS, Greece - The European Union will continue to work with Russia and Ukraine to reduce tensions between the two countries but will keep sanctions as an option, the EU foreign ...

Ukraine to Hold Joint Military Drills with NATO, EU

Ukraine to Hold Joint  Military Drills with NATO, EU

April 02, 2014

KIEV - The Ukrainian parliament approved a bill on Tuesday to conduct joint military drills with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union ...

Gulf Region Still A Risk to Investors: Report

Gulf Region Still A Risk to Investors: Report

April 01, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Despite improvements in regulations and moves to diversify Arab economies away from natural resources, global investors remain wary of doing ...

Syria Accuses Rebels of Hindering Chemical Weapons Removal

Syria Accuses Rebels of Hindering Chemical Weapons Removal

March 31, 2014

DAMASCUS - Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad on Sunday charged that armed groups are attempting to undermine cooperation between the Syrian government and the joint ...

Russia Denies Plans to Plant Overseas Military Bases

Russia Denies Plans to  Plant Overseas Military Bases

March 30, 2014

MOSCOW- Senior Russian officials have denied that the country intends to build a network of military bases abroad, but confirmed Moscow was in talks with several countries over ...

Obama Ready to Expand Covert Aid to Syrian Opposition: Report

Obama Ready to Expand Covert  Aid to Syrian Opposition: Report

March 29, 2014

WASHINGTON - The plan includes CIA training of about 600 Syrian opposition forces per month in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar, foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius wrote ...

Air Pollution Blamed for Seven Million Deaths in 2012

Air Pollution  Blamed for Seven  Million Deaths in 2012

March 26, 2014

GENEVA - Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency ...

Egypt Court Sentences 528 Brotherhood Members to Death

Egypt Court Sentences 528  Brotherhood Members to Death

March 25, 2014

CAIRO - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 528 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday over assaulting police stations in the upper Egyptian province of Minya last ...

‘Possible’ Russia Could Enter Ukraine:Obama Aide

‘Possible’ Russia Could  Enter Ukraine:Obama Aide

March 24, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia accused the current Ukrainian authorities Friday of failing to control the situation in that country, saying Moscow might take Russian people there under its ...

Rasmussen Calls on NATO to Strengthen Economic, Military Ties

Rasmussen Calls on  NATO to Strengthen  Economic, Military Ties

March 23, 2014

BRUSSELS - Ukraine crisis is a "game-changer" for NATO allies who must strengthen their economic and military ties, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a speech ...

Family Anger Erupts As Malaysia Jet Search Appears Deadlocked

Family Anger Erupts As Malaysia  Jet Search Appears Deadlocked

March 20, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR - Chinese relatives' anger over sparse information on the fate of their loved ones on board a missing Malaysian airliner sparked chaotic scenes on Wednesday at the ...

Obama Invites G7 Leaders for Meeting on Ukraine

Obama Invites G7 Leaders  for Meeting on Ukraine

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday invited allied leaders for an emergency meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action in response to Russia's involvement ...

Crimean Parliament Declares Independence from Ukraine

Crimean Parliament Declares Independence from Ukraine

March 18, 2014

SIMFEROPOL- The Crimean parliament declared independence from Ukraine on Monday, after official results showed 96.77 percent of Crimean voters chose to join Russia in Sunday's referendum ...

Syrian Army Fully Recaptures Yabroud Near Damascus

Syrian Army Fully Recaptures  Yabroud Near Damascus

March 17, 2014

DAMASCUS - Syrian troops on Sunday fully recaptured the town of Yabroud, dislodging the rebels from that strategic area north of the capital Damascus, local media said. The Syrian army ...

Crimea Prepares for Referendum Under Heavy Military Presence

Crimea Prepares for Referendum  Under Heavy Military Presence

March 16, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine ...

Russia Warns it Reserves Right to Protect Citizens in Ukraine

Russia Warns it  Reserves Right to Protect  Citizens in Ukraine

March 15, 2014

MOSCOW - Russia accused the current Ukrainian authorities Friday of failing to control the situation in that country, saying Moscow might take Russian people there under ...

EU Approves Framework for Asset Freezes, Travel Bans on Russi

EU Approves Framework for  Asset Freezes, Travel Bans on Russi

March 13, 2014

BRUSSELS - European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating ...