Aug 9, 2014

ExxonMobil starts drilling for oil in Russia's Arctic

U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil began drilling in Russia’s Arctic on Saturday, despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft, and was hailed by Russia’s president as an model of “cooperation.” Although U.S. sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine are not designed to halt ...

Aug 8, 2014

A war is not inconceivable

by William Pfaff

Washington's demonization of Vladimir Putin has been so successful in the press, and it has been so secret about the American role in Kiev, that it has left the U.S. and EU public convinced that the Ukraine crisis has been the result of ...

Aug 6, 2014

Ukraine keeps up anti-rebel offensive with nervous eye on Russia

Ukrainian government forces, backed by warplanes, kept up a military offensive to claw back lost territory from pro-Russian separatists on Tuesday while casting a nervous eye at Russian military exercises over the border. Kiev’s military said government forces had clashed 26 times with separatists ...

Aug 6, 2014

Russian hackers steal 1.2 billion user names, passwords: report

Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday. The thievery was described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee ...

Aug 6, 2014

Japan, Ukraine to boost cooperation on energy security

Japan and Ukraine confirmed Tuesday their cooperation on improving the energy situation in the East European country that worsened following the crisis in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Iindustry minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is visiting Kiev, and Ukraine’s energy minister, Yuriy Prodan, signed a joint declaration ...

Aug 6, 2014

Obama to reduce role of nuclear arms in security policy: U.S. official

President Barack Obama remains committed to creating a world without nuclear weapons and his administration will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in security policy, according to a U.S. government official. Rose Gottemoeller, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, pressed Obama’s ...

Aug 5, 2014

Death toll rises in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Azerbaijan and Armenia on Monday both reported more losses in a sharp escalation of fighting over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh, with 18 soldiers now confirmed dead. The Azerbaijani region and some adjacent territory have been under the control of Armenian soldiers and ethnic ...

Interfax reports 400 Ukraine soldiers desert in Russia

Aug 4, 2014

Interfax reports 400 Ukraine soldiers desert in Russia

More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed the border into Russia and deserted the Kiev government, news agency Interfax quoted a border security official as saying Monday. Ukraine confirmed the crossing but said the soldiers were forced into Russian territory by rebel fire. Vasily ...