Archive for: May 2014

Japan lifts some sanctions against North Korea

Japan has said it would ease sanctions against North Korea after the secretive state agreed to reinvestigate the kidnapping of Japanese nationals to train spies, in a significant breakthrough for testy relations. The announcement comes after three days of talks between the two sides in Sweden, and marks the most positive engagement between Pyongyang and […]

New calls for attacks against American citizens in Libya

The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country. The department also said that due to security concerns and limited staffing it was only able to offer limited emergency services to U.S. citizens there. There was no move yet to evacuate diplomats […]

Russia signs economic union deal with Belarus and Kazakhstan

Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed the historic Eurasian Economic Union which will come into effect in January 2015. Cutting down trade barriers and comprising over 170 million people it will be the largest common market in the ex-Soviet sphere. “The just-signed treaty is of epoch-making, historic importance,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The troika of […]

American Jews are running out of patience with Israel

Lately, American friends are asking me whether Israeli leaders are thinking straight, whether they realize how unreasonable their statements sound here in Washington, and how odd some of their policies seem. These are people who support Israel, who genuinely care about its wellbeing, who follow the news from Israel with genuine concern, and who cannot […]

Egypt’s Sisi wins election, faces economic challenges

Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election on Thursday but a low turnout threatened to deprive him of the strong mandate he needs to fix the economy and face down an Islamist insurgency. Sisi won 93.3 percent of votes cast, judicial sources said, with most ballots counted […]

‘Kiev forces shooting at civilians’: State Dept has no concerns

Despite dozens of bodies being taken to the morgue in Donetsk, the Ukrainian government is denying that innocent locals are among the casualties of the army operation. The army’s supporters in US also deny that government troops could be to blame.

Pro-Russians confirm detaining of four OSCE observers

Pro-Russians in Ukraine have confirmed that they are holding four observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The mayor of Slavyansk in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has announced that the monitors are safe and will be freed soon. He did not impose any conditions for their release. The European security body […]

Germans protest Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk visit to Aachen

Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk is going to stay on an working visit to Germany. On Wednesday, May 28, Yatsenyuk will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the invitation of the Head of the Federal Government. The Prime Minister of Ukraine will take part in the Summit on Energy Security in Berlin. […]

Ukraine: Syria helicopter footage passed off as in Slavyansk

Media portrays Syria footage as events happening in the Eastern parts of Ukraine. Fourteen people were allegedly killed when an helicopter was downed in Slavyansk on Thursday. Smoke could be seen bellowing at the site of the incident while gunfire could be heard in the distance. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov said fourteen […]

Ukraine: DPR applies for accession to Russian Federation

Denis Pushilin, the chairman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), announced on Wednesday that the entity was making an official application for accession to the Russian Federation. The document will now be sent to President Vladimir Putin’s office. Pushilin said that after the referendum in which a majority of the Donetsk region had voted […]

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