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 ...

After media spotlight, Ferguson faces a challenging road forward

Jan 6, 2015

After media spotlight, Ferguson faces a challenging road forward

Brightly colored ribbons flutter from a wrought-iron fence along the main thoroughfare of the business district in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, snapping in the harsh winter breeze like dozens of tiny Buddhist prayer flags, each inscribed with words of inspiration: “Be Kind,” ...

Lawmakers rally behind Scalise

Jan 5, 2015

Lawmakers rally behind Scalise

Republican lawmakers closed ranks Sunday behind the No. 3 House Republican leader as the party aimed to move past the controversy over his speech 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has said the speech was ...

Dec 29, 2014

Ukraine adopts 'draconian' budget backed by IMF

Ukraine’s parliament on Monday adopted an austerity budget that hikes import prices and shrinks social spending to balance the books under a plan backed by the International Monetary Fund. The highly disputed 2015 plan was pushed through by the government-led coalition after a marathon ...

Dec 27, 2014

Sudan steps up pressure on U.N. as it reviews Darfur force

Sudan’s government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country’s violence-racked Darfur region. In the government’s latest move, President Omar al-Bashir ordered the expulsion of ...

NATO called threat in Russia doctrine

Dec 27, 2014

NATO called threat in Russia doctrine

Russia identified NATO as the nation’s No. 1 military threat and raised the possibility of a broader use of precision conventional weapons to deter foreign aggression under a new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday. NATO flatly denied it is a ...

Dec 26, 2014

China extends high-speed rail network to Xinjiang

China tied the restive far-western region of Xinjiang closer to the rest of the country Friday, opening a high-speed rail line between Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi and Lanzhou in neighbouring Gansu, nearly 1,800 kilometers away. A slick bullet train took off from Lanzhou West Railway ...

Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

Dec 26, 2014

Ukraine truce hangs in balance after 'difficult' talks

by Dmitry Zaks

The latest push for peace in Ukraine appeared moribund on Thursday after initial talks failed to agree when the warring sides should meet again to try ending their eight-month conflict. Negotiations mediated by European and Russian envoys in the Belarussian capital Minsk broke up ...