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  • West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

    LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. In...

  • Obama and the 'wrong side of history'

    The great task for a leader of the United States, President Obama appears to believe, is to get out of history's way.

  • Pentagon to Russia: Remove your trucks from Ukraine

    The Pentagon on Friday condemned Russian forces for sending a 90-truck convoy into Ukraine and demanded that they remove their vehicles and personnel from the territory "immediately."

  • Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday. After the U.S. and the EU slapped sanctions on Russian state banks and major...

  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The...

  • Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider. The ministry, which is struggling to help apple producers hurt by a Russian embargo on European foods, has proposed exempting cider from a law that bans advertising any alcohol other...

  • Ukraine's Security Service chief calls movement of the Russian aid convoy a "direct invasion"

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Security Service chief calls movement of the Russian aid convoy a "direct invasion"

  • Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history. It was the first repatriation of victims from the flight to the...

  • 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,...

  • Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 3

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow. The pressure on the American chain, which has 435 restaurants in Russia, comes at a time of heightened...

  • 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...



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