Pussy Riot releases first English song

Feb 19, 2015

Pussy Riot releases first English song

Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot released their first song in English on Wednesday, a musical tribute to Eric Garner, the unarmed black man whose death in a police chokehold last summer sparked wide protests against police violence. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina recorded ...

Ukraine troops pull out of besieged flashpoint town Debaltseve

Feb 19, 2015

Ukraine troops pull out of besieged flashpoint town Debaltseve

Ukrainian troops pulled out of a besieged flashpoint eastern town on Wednesday after it was stormed by pro-Russian rebels in what the EU said was a “clear violation” of an internationally backed truce. The retreat from Debaltseve — a strategic railway hub sandwiched between ...

Rebels claim to capture key Ukraine rail hub of Debaltseve

Feb 17, 2015

Rebels claim to capture key Ukraine rail hub of Debaltseve

Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine claimed Tuesday to have taken the key transportation hub of Debaltseve as both parties faced a deadline to start pulling back heavy weapons from the front line. Fierce fighting Tuesday appeared to be focused on Debaltseve, a government-held town ...

Ukraine army, rebels miss deadline to start weapons pullback

Feb 17, 2015

Ukraine army, rebels miss deadline to start weapons pullback

Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels failed Tuesday to start pulling back heavy weaponry from the front line in eastern Ukraine as a deadline passed to do so. Under a cease-fire agreement negotiated by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France last week, ...

Putin's European fifth column

Feb 17, 2015

Putin's European fifth column

by Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Gérard Roland

A battle of values is looming in Europe. In one corner is the EU, standing for democracy, freedom, the rule of law and institutionalized international cooperation; in the other stands Putin, representing authoritarianism, intolerance, and the use of force and intimidation as instruments of ...

Ukraine rebels bury fighters who died hours ahead of cease-fire

Feb 17, 2015

Ukraine rebels bury fighters who died hours ahead of cease-fire

After the coffins of four pro-Russian fighters killed hours before the Ukrainian cease-fire were lowered into the ground on Monday in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, their comrades fired Kalashnikov rifles into the icy air in a final salute. The field was already studded ...

Feb 17, 2015

Moscow carries out snap check of paratroopers in western Russia

Russia’s defense ministry started a snap inspection of its paratrooper units in western Russia on Monday, Interfax news agency quoted the ministry press office as saying. Russia has carried out several unannounced military drills since relations with the West deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, ...

Feb 17, 2015

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber ...

Ukraine rebels say cease-fire doesn't apply to encircled town

Feb 16, 2015

Ukraine rebels say cease-fire doesn't apply to encircled town

Ukraine’s rebels disavowed a new truce on Sunday hours after it took effect, saying it did not apply to the town where most fighting has taken place in recent weeks. Guns fell abruptly silent at midnight across much of eastern Ukraine in line with ...