Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Aug 30, 2014

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared ...

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of Syrian air base

Aug 28, 2014

Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of Syrian air base

Shocking new images emerged Wednesday of mass killings and brutality committed by Islamic State militants following the group’s takeover of a strategic air base in Syria. The images were released as a U.N. report, accusing the Islamic State militant group of crimes against humanity ...

Aug 27, 2014

15 Australian fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: spy chief

Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats are increasing. Canberra has expressed alarm that around 60 Australians have joined violent jihadist ...

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Aug 27, 2014

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent cease-fire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic. The first talks between the two leaders since June were described by ...

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. man fighting with Islamic State believed killed in Syria

An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said Tuesday. “We were ...

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

Aug 26, 2014

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockworklike regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia. The convoys were seen three times last week by Associated Press reporters, and one of them carried ...