'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

May 2, 2016

'Holy fire,' fireworks light up night as Orthodox Christians mark Easter

With “holy fire,” fireworks and night Mass, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus around 2,000 years ago. Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar; Eastern Orthodox churches use the ...

Germany to host fresh Ukraine talks

May 1, 2016

Germany to host fresh Ukraine talks

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev. “It is necessary to give new momentum (to efforts) to surmount obstacles between Kiev ...

May 1, 2016

Putin replaces top law enforcement officials

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired several high-ranking law enforcement officials on Saturday in one of the biggest overhauls of the country’s power structures in recent years. According to a decree published on the president’s official legal portal, Putin fired the Southern transport public prosecutor ...

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo left out of fighting 'freeze'

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to “freeze” fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence. Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians ...

Apr 29, 2016

Nearly 10,000 killed in two-year Ukraine conflict: U.N.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict began in April 2014, a top United Nations official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council that the total number of casualties ...