Feb 20, 2015

TPP chief negotiators to meet in mid-March in Hawaii

The 12 countries involved in a proposed Pacific-Rim free trade initiative will convene a chief negotiators’ meeting in mid-March in Hawaii, sources close to the matter said on Friday, as they scramble to secure a deal by the end of this spring. The negotiating ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Feb 16, 2015

France to ink controversial jet sale to Egypt

Paris and Cairo were poised Monday to sign a multibillion-euro deal for the first foreign sale of the Rafale fighter jet despite concerns by human rights activists about the sale. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to travel to the Egyptian capital Monday ...

Feb 14, 2015

U.S. to let Cubans sell goods, services

The United States on Friday eased restrictions on imports of goods and services from private Cuban entrepreneurs as part of Washington’s rapprochement with Havana after more than half a century of enmity. However, the State Department said many goods were excluded from the liberalization, ...

Bitter last-gasp battle precedes Ukrainian cease-fire deadline

Feb 14, 2015

Bitter last-gasp battle precedes Ukrainian cease-fire deadline

Russian-backed separatists mounted a vicious assault in eastern Ukraine on Friday ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline, pummeling a strategic railway hub with wave upon wave of shelling in a last-minute grab for territory. At least 26 people were killed across the region. The ...