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  • 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...

  • Russia denies involvement in Polish tape scandal

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says disparaging comments about the U.S.-Polish ties allegedly made by Poland's foreign minister showed "political realism." In one of the leaked conversations released by a Polish magazine, Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski was heard...

  • Launch of new Russian space rocket aborted

    MOSCOW (AP) — The first launch of Russia's new space rocket after two decades of development was aborted Friday moments before its blastoff, as President Vladimir Putin was watching via live feed. The botched attempt to launch the Angara booster rocket was the latest mishap to dog Russia's...

  • Russia warns Europe over re-selling gas to Ukraine

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, warned its European customers Friday that it could limit supplies to countries that intend to re-sell the natural gas on to Ukraine. Along with a military conflict in the east, Ukraine is struggling with a $4.5 billion gas debt to...

  • UN: 110,000 fled Ukraine for Russia this year

    GENEVA (AP) — Some 110,000 Ukrainians have fled this year for Russia and another 54,000 have fled their homes but stayed in the country as Ukraine fights separatist rebels, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. Only 9,500 of those fleeing for Russia have sought refugee status but many others...

  • Russian envoy sees prospect of terrorist state

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. ambassador says there is a real prospect of a terrorist state springing up from Syria's second-largest city Aleppo to Iraq's capital Baghdad. Vitaly Churkin on Thursday pointed to the rapid advance of al-Qaida-inspired terrorists from the Islamic State of...

  • Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia; truce nears end

    IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) — As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return. Many said they were most frightened for their children and desperate...

  • West to Putin: Prove commitment to Ukraine peace

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Wednesday renounced the right to send troops into Ukraine and voiced support for a peace plan, but the West said Russia must do much more to stop the fighting in eastern Ukraine if it wants to avoid a new, more crippling round of sanctions. A cease-fire, already...

  • Ukraine to sign EU deal that sparked revolution

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For years, Russia has been the cash cow for Ukrainian dairy producer Anatoliy Yurkevych. These days he's looking to skim some of the cream in the European Union, thanks to Ukraine's sweeping new trade deal with the EU. The deal, which President Petro Poroshenko is set to...

  • Officials: Sanctions on Russia could be delayed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sanctions aimed at key economic sectors in Russia because of its threatening moves in Ukraine might be delayed because of positive signals from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Obama administration officials. The United States and its European allies were...

  • For Obama, Putin, Merkel: WWI is family history

    BRUSSELS (AP) — It's not just ordinary people whose ancestors fought in World War I. It's a shared chapter in the genealogies of President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. For British Prime Minister David Cameron, it evokes proud family memories of valor tempered by sorrow....

  • West readies package of sector sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its European allies are finalizing a package of sanctions on Russia's key economic sectors that could be levied as early as this week, though the penalties might be delayed because of positive signals from Russian President Vladimir Putin, administration...

  • Ukraine's cease-fire jeopardized by deadly attack

    MOSCOW (AP) — The shaky cease-fire in Ukraine was thrown into peril Tuesday when pro-Moscow separatists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned he may end the weeklong truce ahead of time. The deadly attack came a day...

  • Putin says US trying to derail gas pipeline plan

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. is trying to derail a project to build a gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after Russian and Austrian energy firms agreed to build the pipeline's western end. Austria's OMV and Russia's Gazprom signed a...



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