Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Jan 14, 2015

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend ceremonies in Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman said on Tuesday. A trip to Poland “is not on the Russian president’s agenda,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP, without ...

Defiant Putin on a winning streak

Jan 13, 2015

Defiant Putin on a winning streak

by Richard Weitz

Russian President Vladimir Putin has struck banking and nuclear deals with Iran and scored diplomatic successes with North Korea and Pakistan, all but negating the Western strategy of of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to change its behavior.

Diplomats meet in Berlin to try and save Ukraine peace summit

Jan 13, 2015

Diplomats meet in Berlin to try and save Ukraine peace summit

Foreign ministers from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia were meeting Monday in Berlin to try and resolve tensions threatening to scupper a planned summit on ending the Ukrainian conflict. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hopes that a presidential summit of the four countries can take ...

Jan 12, 2015

Intense Ukraine shelling traps hundreds of miners

Intense fighting erupted around east Ukraine’s main rebel-held city on Sunday wrecked a power station and briefly trapped more than 300 coal miners in one of Europe’s largest mines. Repeated rounds of rocket and mortar fire echoed across snow-covered Donetsk on Sunday evening despite ...

Jan 11, 2015

'We vomit' on Charlie Hebdo's sudden friends: staff cartoonist

A prominent Dutch cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo heaped scorn on the French satirical weekly’s “new friends” since the massacre at its Paris offices on Wednesday. “We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really ...

Conflict in rebel-held eastern Ukraine leaves love lives in limbo

Jan 6, 2015

Conflict in rebel-held eastern Ukraine leaves love lives in limbo

When Alla Syrovatskaya’s boyfriend of some two years proposed to her she immediately began planning her autumn wedding, the traditional ceremony she dreamed of and the dress she always wanted. But what the petite shop assistant couldn’t possibly envision was the Russian-backed rebellion that ...

Jan 2, 2015

A year to study history

In Asia, perhaps the most important political task in 2015 will be understanding the personality and the politics of China's top leader, Xi Jinping. That means studying history.

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Jan 1, 2015

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his New Year’s speech to hail his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula as an achievement that will “forever remain a landmark in the national history.” Putin’s comment in his prerecorded annual address on Wednesday already has been ...