Mar 1, 2015

List grows of Putin critics who met violent deaths

Boris Nemtsov joins a string of prominent Kremlin opponents murdered or found dead in unexplained circumstances. They include: Feb. 27, 2015: leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, 55, is gunned down at around 23:15 on a bridge adjacent to the ...

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Mar 1, 2015

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Western powers are preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against Moscow’s interference in Ukraine — a multibillion dollar aid package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realize the European dream cherished by many Ukrainians. There is just one problem: foreign ...

Prominent Putin critic shot dead near Kremlin

Feb 28, 2015

Prominent Putin critic shot dead near Kremlin

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down near the Kremlin on Saturday, just a day before a planned protest against the government. Russia’s top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible ...

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

Feb 27, 2015

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine

Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia’s Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country’s efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow’s chagrin. The chancellor, asked at ...

Feb 26, 2015

U.S mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern

The Obama administration is still struggling with whether to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine amid concerns that such a move might only escalate Russia’s military campaign there, U.S. defense leaders told Congress Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander, told ...

WHO calls for vaccinations against European measles epidemic

Feb 26, 2015

WHO calls for vaccinations against European measles epidemic

The World Health Organization on called on European nations Wednesday to step up vaccinations against the highly contagious measles virus after an outbreak of over 22,000 cases across the continent since 2014. “We must collectively respond, without further delay, to close immunisation gaps,” said ...

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

Feb 26, 2015

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

A U.N.-backed cease-fire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the U.S. accused Russia of “lies” and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev’s forces. Russia in turn has warned it could within days cut ...

Feb 25, 2015

Both sides in Ukraine conflict have used cluster bombs: report

Illegal weapons such as cluster bombs have been used in the Ukraine conflict, Amnesty International said while also criticizing both sides in the fighting for the high number of civilian deaths. “Taking into account everything we understand for now, we think that they (cluster ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. announces $3 million reward for alleged top hacker

The U.S. government has announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world’s most prolific cyberhackers. Evgeniy Bogachev, who is believed to be in Russia, was indicted in Pittsburgh last year on ...