Ukraine's Facebook revolution, a year later

Nov 22, 2014

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, a year later

Ukraine’s revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasingly unpopular government, activist reporter Mustafa Nayyem called for a rally on the country’s most famous square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti — Independence Square. “As soon as there are more ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

U.S. orders its troops in Europe to keep low profile when off base

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. orders its troops in Europe to keep low profile when off base

The U.S. military’s European Command (EUCOM) said Tuesday it has ordered its troops to avoid wearing their uniforms when off base and to make sure the security settings and geolocation functions on their social media pages aren’t “overly revealing.” EUCOM’s spokesman, navy Capt. Greg ...

Europeans take center stage in grisly beheading video

Nov 18, 2014

Europeans take center stage in grisly beheading video

The cold-eyed militants that are lined up behind their victims in the latest Islamic State video appear to come from outside the Middle East, including one from France and possibly two from Britain, as the extremist group tries to show a global reach. The ...

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

Nov 17, 2014

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

If Europeans go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in countries no longer used to big predators, it’s no picnic. Reintroduced in parts of Western Europe in “rewilding” programs — in the east they never ...

Nov 17, 2014

Despite fears, little chance of Cold War return

Secret “Russian subs” off Sweden, tit-for-tat sanctions, NATO fighters scrambling to intercept Russian warplanes: relations between the West and Moscow over Ukraine have sparked incidents reminiscent of the Cold War that terrified the world for decades. Even Cold War doyen Mikhail Gorbachev used the ...

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

Nov 15, 2014

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

Camouflage-clad Russian soldiers parachuted from the sky, armored vehicles fired live rounds on an open field after being dropped from military transport jets, and helicopters fired missiles against enemy positions. Although the flat terrain resembled the Ukrainian war zones, this was not an armed ...

Nov 13, 2014

Stung by sanctions scandal, Cuba defends North Korea at U.N.

Cuba, which was involved in a violation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea last year, has come to the aid of Pyongyang to defend it against a Western-led push to bring its alleged human rights abuses to The Hague, envoys said Wednesday. A European-Japanese ...

Japanese promoters give Brussels a taste of 'wagyu' beef

Nov 11, 2014

Japanese promoters give Brussels a taste of 'wagyu' beef

Japanese meat industry officials held an event in Brussels on Monday to promote Japanese “wagyu” beef in Europe. With exports of wagyu from Japan to the European Union starting last June, the officials are hoping the event will enhance consumer and industry recognition of ...

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

Nov 10, 2014

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

New unidentified columns loaded with heavy weapons rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine on Monday as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in the war-torn region. The Netherlands meanwhile was set to hold an emotional ceremony Monday for the ...