Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Sep 2, 2014

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the ...

U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Sep 1, 2014

U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air ...

Pragmatism, charm are Tusk's hallmarks

Sep 1, 2014

Pragmatism, charm are Tusk's hallmarks

Donald Tusk relied on a mix of charm and pragmatism to rise to the top of Polish politics and stay in power longer than anyone since the Cold War. Being the European Union’s president will test the extent of those talents. Emerging from a ...

Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

Aug 31, 2014

Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. “He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was ...

Aug 31, 2014

Russian train-surfers, extreme sport or social problem?

Since he was 10, Sasha has taken the train every day between Moscow and his home in the suburbs. Only instead of sitting inside with the other passengers, he runs on its rooftop as the train hurtles along. Like Sasha, a growing number of ...

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

Aug 31, 2014

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

European Union leaders on Saturday chose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair the European Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc’s foreign relations as it prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the ...