Kiev marks year since war started

Feb 21, 2015

Kiev marks year since war started

One year ago, Ihor Zastavnyi was shot three times and lost a leg while taking part in demonstrations that he hoped would lead to a better Ukraine. Today he faces a country racked by war, struggling with corruption and pleading to the world for ...

Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to eastern Ukraine

Feb 21, 2015

Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to eastern Ukraine

Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading toward the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what it fears could be the next battlefront. Russia did not ...

Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

Feb 19, 2015

Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

When President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said people should not moan about Egypt because it was not like war-ravaged Iraq or Syria, his remark gave birth to a joke: New Egyptian passports should read “The Country not like Iraq or Syria.” Gags like this are in ...

Pussy Riot releases first English song

Feb 19, 2015

Pussy Riot releases first English song

Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot released their first song in English on Wednesday, a musical tribute to Eric Garner, the unarmed black man whose death in a police chokehold last summer sparked wide protests against police violence. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina recorded ...

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 ...

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 ...