Turkey’s Erdogan Sworn In as President, Consolidates Power

ANKARA— Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public [...]

Belarus Meeting Fails to End Fighting in Eastern Ukraine

A meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and Russia in Belarus has failed to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 2,000 people since fighting broke out in April. The discussions Tuesday ended in lists of demands instead [...]

British deputy PM to meet India’s Modi in trade trip

London  - Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg begins a trade mission to India on Monday, where he will meet the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi in a bid to strengthen economic ties. The three-day visit by a 40-strong [...]

In East, Ukrainians Await Much-Needed Aid

KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE— On a park bench steps from Lenin Square in downtown Kramatorsk, Tatiana, a refugee who escaped the conflict in nearby separatist-held Horlovka, sits quietly in the shade. She says she cam​e to this city a month ago, [...]

Skirmishes in Ukraine as Russian Aid Convoy Awaits Inspection

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists skirmished near the Russian border Saturday but there was no sign of the conflict widening a day after Kyiv said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the border from Russia. The [...]

Ukraine Warns Civilians as Troops Close in on Rebels in East

KYIV— The Ukrainian military says troops are continuing to close in on remaining separatist regions in the east, and are warning civilians to evacuate the areas to avoid being caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, Russia and Ukraine continue [...]

Chinese city bans `burqas, beards` on public transport

London,  China has reportedly banned people wearing burqas, clothes with the crescent moon and star symbol or long beards from public transport in a city in the Xinjiang province. Officials in the city of Karamay have said that the ban has [...]

Obama, Putin Discuss Ukraine in Phone Call

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken by telephone about the Ukraine crisis, with Obama reiterating his “deep concerns” about Russia’s increased support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The [...]

Evolving Ukraine Crisis Tests Obama Foreign Policy

Just hours after reports that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 had been shot down over eastern Ukraine, the stark reality that 298 civilians from nearly a dozen nations had just become the latest victims in a Russian-backed separatist movement came [...]

US, Europe Demand Harsher Russia Sanctions

A senior British official is calling for the 2018 World Cup to be moved from Russia as punishment for the country’s role in the Ukraine crisis, as calls intensify from both sides of the Atlantic for tougher sanctions on Moscow. Deputy [...]

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