Feb 13, 2015

In rare move, U.S. played support role in Ukraine talks

by Jo Biddle

Washington rarely shies away from seeking to wield its heft in a world crisis, but in the tense negotiations for a Ukraine cease-fire it has played a curiously behind-the-scenes role. While U.S. officials insist that from the get-go the Obama administration has been in ...

Feb 12, 2015

Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology

Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters show, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document ...

Feb 12, 2015

Yemen rebels seize U.S. vehicles as Western embassies close

The United States, Britain and France rushed to close their embassies over security fears in Yemen on Wednesday, with U.S. staff destroying top-secret documents and abandoning vehicles at the airport on the way out, which were quickly seized by trailing groups of rebels. At ...

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster in a perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. The victims were mainly from sub-Saharan Africa who had ...

Feb 11, 2015

Poll finds anti-Western sentiment is at record levels in Russia

Anti-Western sentiment has reached historic levels in post-Soviet Russia, with a vast majority expressing negative attitudes toward the United States and the European Union, a poll Monday showed. Relations with the United States, the former Cold War era rival, have never been particularly warm ...

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

| Feb 10, 2015

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

Russian-backed rebels’ violent offensive in eastern Ukraine leaves President Barack Obama with perplexing and urgent choices, but aides say he will exercise his typical caution in deciding his next move. Should Obama provide lethal weaponry to the Western-backed Kiev government to staunch Europe’s worst ...

EU freezes new sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace summit

Feb 9, 2015

EU freezes new sanctions ahead of Ukraine peace summit

The European Union on Monday put fresh sanctions against Moscow on hold ahead of a summit to thrash out a Ukraine peace plan aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the EU would hold off implementing new individual ...

Merkel, Hollande head to Moscow for deal to pull Ukraine back from brink

Feb 6, 2015

Merkel, Hollande head to Moscow for deal to pull Ukraine back from brink

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande will press Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire in Ukraine on Friday as U.S. and Russian officials expressed skepticism that a quick resolution to stem the spiraling violence is possible. After meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, the German ...