Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

Dec 26, 2014

Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

by Dmitry Zaks

The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try ending their eight-month conflict. Negotiations mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk broke up ...

Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers

Dec 26, 2014

Putin scraps New Year's holidays for ministers

Russian President Vladimir Putin has scrapped New Year’s holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis. Putin told a televised government session on Thursday that Cabinet ministers “cannot afford” to go on holiday. Russian company employees throughout the country are entitled to ...

Ukraine takes historic step toward NATO

Dec 24, 2014

Ukraine takes historic step toward NATO

Ukraine on Tuesday took a historic step toward NATO in a parliamentary vote that stoked Russia’s anger ahead of talks this week on ending the former Soviet state’s separatist war. Lawmakers in the government-controlled chamber overwhelmingly adopted a bill dropping Ukraine’s nonaligned status, a ...

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

Dec 19, 2014

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready to exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine. “We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As ...

Dec 18, 2014

Uber fights French ban on amateur drivers at EU

Uber, the taxi app company under fire around the world, has filed an EU complaint against a French ban on amateur drivers doubling as chauffeurs, the European Union said on Wednesday. “We have received a complaint and we are currently analzsing it,” said European ...

Dec 17, 2014

Ukraine slams Russia over Crimea nuclear weapons comment

Russia would violate international agreements if it placed nuclear weapons in Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to reserve the right for Russia to put nuclear weapons in Crimea in ...

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

Dec 16, 2014

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

It has been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana, the once shunned intoxicant that is steadily gaining ground as a legal high in parts of the world. In 2014, Uruguay may have been the only country to fully legalize pot, but growing number ...

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Dec 15, 2014

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a U.S.-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foe. The operation was the most significant yet against supporters of Fethullah Gulen, ...