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  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine 17-04-2014 03:54 PM

    Moscow: Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian Special Forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. He expressed hope for a...
  • Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks 16-04-2014 04:18 PM

    Kramatorsk/Slaviansk: Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future. Government troops drove seven armoured personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag into the town...
  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal 21-03-2014 07:42 PM

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe's orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against US sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to...
  • Russian shares tumble as US widens sanctions for Crimea seizure 21-03-2014 05:18 PM

    Russian shares fell sharply on Friday as investors took fright at tougher than expected US sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's inner circle over Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The United States added 20 names to its sanctions blacklist, including Kremlin banker Yuri Kovalchuk and his Bank Rossiya, oil and...
  • Russia suspended from G-8 amid tensions over Ukraine: France 18-03-2014 05:23 PM

    France's foreign minister says that leaders of the Group of Eight world powers have suspended Russia's participation in the club amid tensions over Ukraine and Russia's incursion into Crimea. The other seven members of the group had already suspended preparations for a G-8 summit that Russia is scheduled to host...
  • EU, US impose sanctions against 21 Russian, Crimean officials 17-03-2014 09:25 PM

    Even as Moscow welcomed Crimea's resolution that declared the nation an independent, sovereign state, the West has called the referendum illegal and Ukraine has threatened legal action. The US and the European Union have also imposed travel bans, asset freezes against 21 Russian and Crimean officials. ...
  • Tension escalates in Ukraine as EU imposes travel ban and asset freeze on Russians 17-03-2014 08:08 PM

    Brussels: The European Union is to impose sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans on 21 officials from Russia and Ukraine after Crimea applied to join Russia on Monday following a weekend referendum, Lithuania's foreign minister said. Crimea's leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent result in favour of seceding from Ukraine...
  • Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis 06-03-2014 08:19 PM

    Simferopol: Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and...
  • EU's $15 billion aid to Ukraine, outlines ways to escape global rift 05-03-2014 11:44 PM

    Paris: The building blocks of a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine emerged on Wednesday as top Russian and Western officials tried to defuse one of Europe's worst crises since the Cold War. The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine, and European and Ukrainian diplomats outlined ways...
  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' 02-03-2014 09:44 PM

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," said Ukraine's Prime Minister...
  • India's decision on marines 'fruit of Italian firmness': Rome 25-02-2014 11:33 AM

    Hours after India decided not to prosecute two of its marines accused of killing Indian fishermen under the strict anti-piracy SUA law, Italy on Tuesday said the decision was the "fruit of Italian firmness". The decision not to "apply the anti-terrorism law was the fruit of Italian firmness", Italian Premier...
  • Ukraine truce shattered, death toll tops 50 20-02-2014 10:49 PM

    Fresh fighting broke out in central Kiev on Thursday, shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, as the Russian-backed leader met European ministers demanding he compromise with pro-EU opponents. A Reuters photographer saw the bodies of 21 dead civilians in Independence Square, a few hundred metres (yards) from...
  • Ukraine leader names new army chief after clashes 20-02-2014 11:51 AM

    Kiev: Ukraine's protest leaders and the president they aim to oust called a truce on Wednesday, just hours after the military raised fears of a widespread crackdown with a vow to defeat "terrorists" responsible for seizing weapons and burning down buildings. The two sides agreed to negotiate in an effort...
  • Germany: Angela Merkel begins third term as chancellor 18-12-2013 10:56 AM

    Angela Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament on Tuesday, paving the way for her new government to formally take power after months of coalition talks. Her right-left government, which includes the rival Social Democrats (SPD), faces a...
  • Malala Yousafzai awarded EU's Sakharov human rights prize 20-11-2013 05:52 PM

    Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, received the EU's Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg on Wednesday. The European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, presented the award to the 16-year-old who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year....
  • Aung San Suu Kyi receives EU 1990 Sakharov Prize 23-10-2013 11:10 AM

    A visibly moved Myanmarese leader Aung San Suu Kyi received the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights finally on Tuesday from the hands of European Parliament speaker Martin Schulz. Lawmakers gave a standing ovation to the 69-year-old Nobel peace laureate and current Myanmar opposition leader, who could not...
  • Malala Yousafzai tipped for top European peace prize 09-10-2013 04:34 PM

    Islamabad:Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, was tipped to win this year's Sakhorav peace prize. Sajjad Khan, the European member of parliament (MEP), tipped Malala for the Sakhorav peace prize for championing women's rights to education despite fresh threats against...
  • Egyptian court orders former president Hosni Mubarak's release 21-08-2013 08:02 PM

    Cairo: Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak will leave jail as early as Thursday after a court ruling that jolted a divided nation already in turmoil seven weeks after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Convening on Wednesday at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court upheld a...
  • EU to review relations with Egypt 19-08-2013 06:50 AM

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) has decided to "urgently review" its relations with Egypt in the coming days and urge the Egyptian interim government and military to respect human rights and release political prisoners, Xinhua reported. The appeal was made Sunday in a joint statement of the European Council's President,...
  • EU has given legal cover to Israel for aggression against Lebanon, says Hezbollah 25-07-2013 03:19 AM

    Beirut: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday the European Union had given Israel justification to attack Lebanon by blacklisting the armed wing of his group, and would bear responsibility for any Israeli military action. The bloc agreed earlier this week to list what it described as the military...
  • Iran to resume n-talks after Rouhani takes charge 18-07-2013 06:18 AM

    Tehran: Iran will resume nuclear talks with the world powers once the new president- elect, Hassan Rouhani, takes oath and announces a new negotiating team, the Islamic government said Wednesday. Iran will definitely continue the talks in future with the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, or P5+1,...
  • EU urges comprehensive political process in Egypt 18-07-2013 03:06 AM

    Cairo: The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday urged for a comprehensive political process in Egypt, with the participation of all groups supporting democracy. "Egypt is in need to return swiftly to democratic transition," reported Xinhua citing the visiting EU top diplomat who also asserted that the...
  • Bangladesh tells EU it will boost worker rights, inspections 09-07-2013 03:20 AM

    Geneva: Bangladesh pledged on Monday to quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after 1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in April. The EU, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, has threatened punitive...
  • Capping recovery from war, Croatia joins a troubled EU 01-07-2013 04:09 AM

    Zagreb: Two decades since fighting itself free of Yugoslavia, Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union at midnight on Sunday against a backdrop of economic woes in the Adriatic republic and the bloc it is joining. The country of 4.4 million people becomes only the second of the...
  • EU confronts US over reports it spies on European allies 01-07-2013 02:02 AM

    Brussels/Berlin: The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using unusually strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged surveillance activities. A spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Sunday the EU...
  • US bugged EU offices, gained access to computer networks: German magazine 30-06-2013 02:23 AM

    Berlin: The United States bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, according to secret documents cited in a German magazine on Saturday, the latest in a series of exposures of alleged US spy programmes. Der Spiegel cited from a September 2010 "top secret" document of...
  • EU fines Ranbaxy, others for blocking cheaper drugs 19-06-2013 08:22 PM

    Brussels: European antitrust regulators fined nine drug makers, including Denmark's Lundbeck and India's Ranbaxy, a total of 146 million euros for blocking the supply of a cheaper anti-depressant to the market, the first EU sanction against such deals. The punishments follow a 2009 report by the European Commission on the...
  • Turkish government open to referendum to end protests 13-06-2013 02:05 AM

    Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party ordered protesters out of an Istanbul park on Wednesday, while making a limited concession in the form of an offer to hold a referendum on redevelopment plans that caused nearly two weeks of riots. Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and...
  • EU to fine Ranbaxy, others for blocking generic drugs 04-06-2013 10:14 AM

    Brussels: A European regulator will fine Denmark's Lundbeck, India's Ranbaxy and seven other makers of generic drugs for limiting the supply of cheaper medicines, two people with knowledge of the matter said, its first sanction against "pay-for-delay" deals. Following an inquiry launched in 2009, the European Union's anti-trust regulator will...
  • Bangladesh factory collapse: EU considers trade action 02-05-2013 03:12 AM

    Dhaka: The European Union is considering trade action against Bangladesh, which has preferential access to EU markets for its garments, to pressure Dhaka to improve safety standards after a building collapse killed more than 400 factory workers. Duty-free access offered by Western countries and low wages have helped turn Bangladesh's...