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  • NATO signals no new members for the present

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion. Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For...

  • Ukraine claims winning ground in rebellious east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine left at least nine Ukrainian soldiers dead Friday, as government troops pressed their offensive against pro-Russian insurgents using heavy artillery and combat jets and prospects of a truce appeared dim. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko...

  • Putin tells Obama he wants better relations

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Barack Obama in an Independence Day message that he hopes the countries can improve relations. In a statement published on the Kremlin website on Friday, Putin said "regardless of difficulties and disagreements" he hoped that Russia and...

  • Ukraine's president shakes up military leadership

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shook up his faltering military Thursday, appointing a new defense minister and top general while speaking angrily about the years of decay and corruption that left the forces unable to deal effectively with the well-armed eastern...

  • Foreign ministers agree on Ukraine cease-fire path

    BERLIN (AP) — Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed Wednesday on a series of steps for a resumption of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine where fighting between government troops and pro-Russia separatists has taken more than 400 lives since April. The steps include...

  • Putin under pressure as fighting rages in Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has been slammed for arming rebels and fanning flames of separatism in eastern Ukraine. But there is strong evidence recently that it's just the opposite: He now wants to bring about a truce. To do so, however, Putin must face down nationalists at home...

  • Pro-Russian rebels capture police HQ in Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The Interior Ministry headquarters in eastern Ukraine's largest city fell to pro-Russia separatists Tuesday after a five-hour gunbattle that erupted hours after the Ukrainian president ended a cease-fire. The shaky cease-fire had given European leaders 10 days to...

  • Germany ready to suffer costs for Russia sanctions

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister says his country won't let business concerns get in the way of fresh sanctions against Russia, should they become necessary. The European Union has threatened to impose a third round of sanctions against Moscow unless Russia uses its influence to stop...

  • Ukrainian president ends unilateral ceasefire

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process....

  • US general: Russian arms likely used in shootdowns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The weapons that separatists used to shoot down Ukrainian aircraft, including the June 14 downing of a transport plane that killed all 49 aboard, were probably supplied by Russia, the U.S. commander of NATO forces in Europe said Monday. "It's a very good likelihood, but we...

  • Russian navy sails to France for warship training

    SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (AP) — A Russian naval ship carrying 400 sailors docked Monday at a French harbor to start weeks of training aboard a warship that France is selling to Russia as part of a criticized 1.2-billion euro ($1.6 billion) deal. France has pushed ahead with the 2011 contract —...

  • Ukraine president talks to Putin, Merkel, Hollande

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to keep his peace plan to settle the conflict with pro-Russian separatists on track in a four-way phone call Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany. The two-hour conversation came ahead...

  • Iran resumes auto exports to Russia

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran began exporting automobiles to Russia for the first time in five years on Sunday, after meeting upgraded emission standards, the country's largest auto manufacturer said. Workers at Iran-Khodro's factory in Tehran loaded the first shipment, which includes Samand and...

  • Pro-Russian rebels free 4 OSCE observers

    MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday released a second team of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who had been held captive since the end of May, the organization said. OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said that the four observers were released...

  • Blast in Damascus suburb market kills 2

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A car bomb exploded in a busy market in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding dozens as Muslims went shopping a day before the start of their holy month of Ramadan, activists said. The blast in Douma came nearly two...



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