EU Keeps Russia Sanctions in Place

European Union envoys decided to keep in place several rounds of sanctions the bloc imposed on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and what the West says is Moscow’s direct support of separatists in the country’s east. “We [...]

NATO Sees Significant Pullback of Russian Troops From Ukraine

BRUSSELS— NATO has observed a significant withdrawal of Russian forces from inside Ukraine, but many Russian troops remain stationed near the border, an alliance military spokesman said on Wednesday. “There has been a significant pullback [...]

NATO Confident in Afghan Security Following Political Power Sharing

UNITED NATIONS— NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he is confident that Afghan forces can take charge of security behind a new government in Kabul that comes as part of a political power-sharing agreement following this year’s [...]

Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

LONDON—The International Whaling Commission has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale [...]

Ukraine, Separatist Rebels Sign Truce

A cease-fire between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, raising prospects for at least a temporary halt to five months of warfare. However, Western leaders – meeting Friday [...]

EU Readies New Sanctions Against Russia

BRUSSELS/KYIV— European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, where Kyiv officials said Russia was bolstering [...]

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, [...]

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