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  • Russian aid convoy reaches war-torn Luhansk

    LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Declaring it had lost patience with Ukraine's stalling tactics, Russia sent at least 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without the approval of the government in Kiev. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion" that aimed to provoke an...

  • Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water,...

  • The Allies Invade Southern France: Seaports and a Race up the Rhone

    Winston Churchill disparaged Operation Anvil-Dragoon, the Aug. 15, 1944 Allied "second D-Day" invasion of Southern France. Churchill joked that he was "dragooned" into an unnecessary invasion. D-Day, June 6th, had breached Fortress Europe. A French Riviera "pincer" was folly. However, the...

  • Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. The...

  • Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia. The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam displayed the artifacts,...

  • Angela Merkel's Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis — showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend — underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight. Merkel and her foreign minister,...

  • Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

    MOSCOW (AP) — Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police. The protesters also...

  • Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam. The regular rumble on the edge of this besieged city in eastern Ukraine is a constant reminder of the government's effort to shell armed pro-Russian separatists out of their stronghold. Rebels give as good as they...

  • Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another 300,000. Ukrainian President Petro...

  • Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling of the convoy but said it did not know who was...

  • Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

    LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Weeks after Ukrainian government forces recaptured Lysychansk from the rebels, the residents of this shell-shocked town near the Russian border say they hope simply to rebuild their former lives — but fear that war could return to their doorstep. Many homes and entire...

  • The inevitable and tragic decline of Italy

    Italy has very low birth rates and one of the world's toughest laws limiting employers' ability to fire employees. Those are goals of the environmental left and the social democratic left. So how well is that working out?

  • Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

    KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) — NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and overshadowed optimism driven by agreement over...

  • Merkel to Putin: Halt flow of arms to Ukraine

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the flow of military goods and personnel into Ukraine ahead of a weekend meeting of foreign ministers aimed at easing tensions. Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a...

  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Several EU nations pledged more humanitarian aid. The...



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