Battle for key eastern Ukrainian airport intensifies

Jan 18, 2015

Battle for key eastern Ukrainian airport intensifies

Clashes between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian rebels for control of Donetsk’s airport intensified Saturday, with explosions and heavy gunfire shaking the area throughout much of the day and at least six more people killed. Kiev rushed reinforcements to the snowy eastern front lines, while ...

Dozens arrested in anti-terrorism raids across Europe

Jan 17, 2015

Dozens arrested in anti-terrorism raids across Europe

Belgium ordered its army into the streets and anti-terrorism raids across Western Europe netted dozens of suspects Friday as authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Mideast Islamic extremists. As anxiety soared in the wake of last week’s bloody spree ...

Jan 16, 2015

EU lawmakers call Russia 'potential threat'

The EU parliament on Thursday condemned Russia as a “potential threat to the European Union itself” even as the EU foreign policy chief sought to resume dialogue with Moscow to help end the conflict in Ukraine. The legislature backed a resolution with a show ...

Jan 14, 2015

Europol says up to 5,000 EU nationals among jihadist ranks

Up to 5,000 European Union citizens have joined jihadist militant ranks, the head of European police agency Europol told British lawmakers on Tuesday. “We’re talking about 3,000, 5,000 EU nationals,” Rob Wainwright told a parliamentary committee when asked how many foreign fighters had left ...

Europe's unending crisis

Jan 12, 2015

Europe's unending crisis

by Robert J.

The European economic crisis refuses to go gently into the night because of the danger that Greece and its creditors can't agree and because of meager economic growth in the eurozone.

Jan 7, 2015

EU wants explanation from Turkey on migrant smugglers

The European Union wants Turkey to explain how human traffickers could have taken two cargo ships filled with migrants out of the country and sent them toward Italy without Turkish authorities noticing. European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Tuesday that “given what has happened ...

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 ...

European temperature records smashed amid 2014 heat wave

Jan 6, 2015

European temperature records smashed amid 2014 heat wave

The year 2014 broke a series of heat records in France, Britain, Germany and Belgium, weather agencies reported Monday. In France, “2014 was the hottest year since 1900,” the Meteo-France weather agency said in a statement. The country’s average annual temperature in 2014 was ...

Dec 30, 2014

Obama: Sanctions have worked against Russia aggression

Strategic and tough sanctions against Moscow have effectively battled Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Monday. Obama recalled how Putin had convinced many in Washington that the Russian leader “was a genius” for his ...