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 ...

EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

Feb 13, 2015

EU extremely wary about Ukraine peace deal, cease-fire

European Union leaders expressed caution Thursday about the peace deal hammered out for eastern Ukraine, saying the cease-fire must be respected before any scaling back of sanctions against Moscow can be considered. “It will be very important for us to continue to keep up ...

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

Feb 12, 2015

Image of Russian gay couple wins World Press Photo

An image of a gay couple locked in a tender embrace on Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo award, highlighting the plight of sexual minorities in Russia, judges said. AFP’s Istanbul-based photographer Bulent Kilic won first and third prizes in the Spot News ...

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

Feb 12, 2015

Ceasefire agreed on for eastern Ukraine

The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The deal, reached after all-night negotiations in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, included a cease-fire that would ...

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 ...