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  • Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. But President Petro Poroshenko said the regions would...

  • The stupidity of 'don't do stupid stuff'

    Never use force, don't threaten force, and no one will blame you for anything. Pull out of wars and your foes will stop fighting. Don't send men to war and your hands will be clean.

  • No easy scapegoat for Obama on foreign policy

    If Republicans make major gains in Congress in November at least in part because of President Obama's perceived weakness on foreign policy, it won't be easy for Obama to respond with a major shake-up of his national security team.

  • Hagel reassures Georgia of its importance to U.S.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with top officials in the former Soviet state of Georgia to discuss Russia's reawakening ambitions in Europe.

  • Ukraine shelling claims lives, sets houses ablaze

    SPARTAK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling and other clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists threw the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine into deepening peril Sunday, two days after it took hold. At least two houses hit by artillery fire blazed in the rural village of...

  • Examiner Q&A with Devin Nunes: 'It might already be too late' for Ukraine

    That Rep. Devin Nunes is critical of President Obama’s strategy for confronting Russia and the Islamic State is hardly surprising. The California Republican is more hawkish than Obama, and more inclined to advocate for the U.S. playing a central leadership role in confronting international...

  • Ending Putin's petro-politics

    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the annexation of Crimea isn't just a land grab; it's an energy grab.

  • Apparent shelling heard outside Ukrainian port

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol reported sustained explosions outside the city and a volunteer battalion of Ukrainian fighters says Grad rockets were fired at its positions late Saturday, little more than a day after Ukraine and Russian-backed separatist...

  • Mixed views in East Europe on higher NATO defense

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Leaders in most Eastern European nations are just short of jubilant after NATO created a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect the region from Russian bullying. They have long sought a commitment to allay their fears, especially following Russia's recent aggression in...

  • Ukraine cease-fire appears to hold

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia on Saturday said the cease-fire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels was mostly holding, but the truce still appeared fragile in its first full day as both sides of the conflict claimed violations. A statement from...

  • Estonia says security officer abducted to Russia

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia said Friday that a security service officer was abducted by unknown gunmen and taken across the border to Russia, but Russia said the man was detained on its territory and suspected of being a spy. The incident came at a time of heightened tensions between the...

  • Ukraine cease-fire begins, but US still skeptical

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine, Russia and the Kremlin-backed separatists signed a cease-fire deal Friday after five months of bloodshed, and Europe readied additional sanctions on Moscow. NATO leaders created a new force designed to prevent any aggression by Russia against alliance members....

  • NATO creates 'spearhead' to deter Russia

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — NATO's creation of a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect Eastern Europe from Russian bullying reflects a cool-eyed calculation that Vladimir Putin and his generals won't risk head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its nuclear-capable Western European allies....

  • VIDEO --- Weekly Examiner: Obama jets off to NATO summit

    President Obama this week is overseas for the NATO summit in Wales. He first stopped in Estonia to ease concerns over Russian forces moving in on Ukraine.

  • Russian sailors in limbo in French port

    SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (AP) — Scores of Russian sailors are training on a French warship in an Atlantic port even though its transfer to the Russian Navy is now in doubt. About 150 Russian Navy servicemen fanned out Friday around the highly secured site where the French ship is being completed....



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