Kiev and separatists trade blame as Ukraine peace talks collapse

Feb 1, 2015

Kiev and separatists trade blame as Ukraine peace talks collapse

Peace talks on Ukraine collapsed Saturday after just over four hours with no tangible progress toward a new cease-fire but with Ukraine’s representative and separatist envoys angrily accusing each other of sabotaging the meeting. Ukraine’s representative, former President Leonid Kuchma, left the talks in ...

Greek government refuses to cooperate with 'troika,' seek aid extension

Jan 31, 2015

Greek government refuses to cooperate with 'troika,' seek aid extension

Greece’s new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government also sacked the heads of the state privatization agency ...

Tsipras halts privatization, throwing down gauntlet to Greece's creditors

Jan 29, 2015

Tsipras halts privatization, throwing down gauntlet to Greece's creditors

Left-wing Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatization plans agreed under the country’s bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. A swift series of announcements signaled the newly installed ...

Syriza win forces Europe's center-left to reconsider austerity

Jan 28, 2015

Syriza win forces Europe's center-left to reconsider austerity

European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras’ post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. Tsipras has promised to reverse five years of “humiliation and suffering” caused ...

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

Jan 27, 2015

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

The U.N. said Monday that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency. A senior U.N. official told an emergency Security Council ...

Got a spare billion? Bankers keen to help

Jan 26, 2015

Got a spare billion? Bankers keen to help

The growing ranks of the super rich and their increased appetite for risk have caught the eye of investment bankers. Traditionally focused on companies and institutions, investment banks are hiring staff and reorganizing teams to cater to wealthy clans, from Chinese multimillionaires to old ...

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Jan 25, 2015

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations. Mariupol’s city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 ...

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

| Jan 24, 2015

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s closely watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s ...

France to bolster intel, surveillance under new anti-terror measures

Jan 22, 2015

France to bolster intel, surveillance under new anti-terror measures

Reeling from the Paris terror attacks, France announced broad new measures to fight homegrown terrorism like giving police better equipment and hiring more intelligence agents, as European officials sought to strike the right balance between rushing through tough counterterrorism laws and protecting treasured democratic ...