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, [...]

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 [...]

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