U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Jul 17, 2014

U.S., Europe expand economic sanctions on Russia to hit key energy firms, banks

Both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukraine’s rebels “have consequences.” Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in ...

Jul 17, 2014

Polish MEP's racial slur sparks anger

A far-right Polish MEP outraged lawmakers gathered in the European Parliament on Wednesday by comparing the continent’s unemployed youth to “n-ggers” in the U.S. South. Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the outspoken leader of the royalist and libertarian Congress of the New Right party, delivered the remark ...

Jul 16, 2014

U.K.'s Cameron promotes women

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Euroskeptics to senior roles in an appeal to voters in next May’s national election. After last minute adjustments, women will now make ...

Jul 15, 2014

In Ukraine war, Putin playing a double game

As fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine, signs are emerging that Russian President Vladimir Putin has adopted a twin strategy: pledge his willingness to support a negotiated settlement, but continue funneling arms to separatist rebels. “Putin in the last several weeks has been playing a ...

Jul 15, 2014

BRICS neutrality on Ukraine a victory for Putin

A summit of the BRICS group of emerging market countries will abstain from criticizing Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, Brazilian officials said, a diplomatic victory for President Vladimir Putin. The summit statement will make only a passing reference to Ukraine and will echo the ...

Russia officers aiding rebels, Ukraine says

Jul 15, 2014

Russia officers aiding rebels, Ukraine says

Ukraine accused Russian army officers on Monday of fighting alongside separatists in the east of the country and said Moscow was once more building up its troops on the joint border. A missile that downed a Ukrainian transport plane carrying eight people near the ...

Jul 13, 2014

'A bad day for Europe'

When British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced the nomination of former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, Cameron made himself look either ineffectual or petulant to fellow Britons.

Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions in fear of reprisal assault

Jul 13, 2014

Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions in fear of reprisal assault

Thousands of panicked refugees are flooding highways and packed trains heading out of the main remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine, fearing attacks by government forces that lost 30 soldiers in two days to defiant militants. Pro-Russian separatists killed 19 troops in a hail ...

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise,” but the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion ...

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Jul 8, 2014

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. “He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul,” said Boudreau. “There ...