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Ukraine, rebels vow to back peace plan, cease-fire

Sep 5, 2014

Ukraine, rebels vow to back peace plan, cease-fire

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order cease-fires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine’s east. The breakthrough came after a week in ...

Ukraine agrees to 'permanent cease-fire' with Russia

Sep 3, 2014

Ukraine agrees to 'permanent cease-fire' with Russia

Ukraine’s beleaguered President Petro Poroshenko announced on Wednesday that he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin had agreed to a “permanent cease-fire” in the east of the former Soviet country. Poroshenko’s office said the agreement was reached in a telephone exchange that was preceded only a ...

Islamabad hit by raging protests

Sep 2, 2014

Islamabad hit by raging protests

Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent antigovernment protests that could force the premier of the nuclear-armed country to resign. Sharif again vowed he will not step down under ...

Persian Gulf nations unite over IS threat

Sep 2, 2014

Persian Gulf nations unite over IS threat

Advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, and U.S. calls for a coalition against them have made Persian Gulf monarchies set aside disputes over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say. Wary of spectacular gains made by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and ...

Militants lampooned by Arab satire

Sep 2, 2014

Militants lampooned by Arab satire

The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he’s fired it backward at his leader. The “Looney Tunes”-style cartoon targeting ...

Pragmatism, charm are Tusk's hallmarks

Sep 1, 2014

Pragmatism, charm are Tusk's hallmarks

Donald Tusk relied on a mix of charm and pragmatism to rise to the top of Polish politics and stay in power longer than anyone since the Cold War. Being the European Union’s president will test the extent of those talents. Emerging from a ...