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Kiev – Ukraine Tries To Clear Pro-Russian Rebels, Reports Dead On Both Sides

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 Kiev - Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from a police headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with Kiev reporting dead on both sides as it combats what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow. Ukraine faces a rash of rebellions in the east which it says are inspired and directed by the Kremlin. But action to dislodge the armed...

Washington – Pollard Talks Latest Twist In Long Legal US Saga

Friday, April 4th, 2014 Washington - The arrest of Jonathan Pollard nearly 30 years ago set off an emotional legal saga that has confronted American presidents and Israeli prime ministers, wound through the courts and divided those who say the convicted spy has paid his debt to society and those who contend the damage he caused was incalculable. News that the Obama administration was considering releasing Pollard...

Brussels – NATO Orders End To Cooperation With Russia

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Brussels - NATO's foreign ministers ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and told their generals and admirals to quickly figure out ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin. The 28-member alliance, the keystone of U.S. and European security since the end of World War II, was reacting to its most serious...

Ukraine – Russia Warns Kiev Against NATO Integration, Hikes Gas Price

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Moscow - Russia warned Ukraine against integration with NATO on Tuesday, saying Kiev's previous attempts to move closer to the defence alliance had had unwelcome consequences and sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine. "(Past attempts) led to a freezing of Russian-Ukrainian political contacts, a headache between NATO and Russia and ... to a division in Ukrainian society," the...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Backer Sheldon Adelson’s Bid For Pro-Settler Paper Rips Israeli Right

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 Jerusalem - The planned purchase of a second right-wing Israeli newspaper by a major American backer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has some critics seeing a move to shore up his constituency as U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians advance. A Jerusalem court on Sunday approved the bid to buy Makor Rishon ("First Source"), which caters to religious-nationalist Jews including...

Washington – Senate Report: Torture Didn’t Lead To Bin Laden

Monday, March 31st, 2014 Washington - A Senate investigation concludes waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with a still-secret, 6,200-page report. The finding could deepen the worst rift in years between lawmakers and the CIA. The CIA disputes the conclusion and already is locked with...

Saudi Arabia – Obama-King Abdullah Talks May Ease Friction But No Breakthrough Seen

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's leaders hope U.S. President Barack Obama and their King Abdullah understand each other better after talks and can stabilise a close regional security alliance after months of rockiness over Middle East policy, diplomats said. Friday's two-hour exchange at Abdullah's desert camp did not yield a shared statement or any evidence of policy changes, leading some Saudis to...

Washington – Huckabee In Washington, Hinting At 2016 Bid

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 Washington - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told about 70 Republican House members Wednesday that he is considering another run for the White House - but that campaign cash remains a key issue for him. Huckabee had deep support among social conservatives during his 2008 presidential bid, but he never won over establishment-minded Republicans and ended that campaign broke. Huckabee told...

Washington – Religious Fight Over Contraception Splits Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 Washington - The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. The case involves family-owned companies that provide health insurance to their employees, but object to covering certain methods of birth control that...

Cairo – Egyptian Court Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Members To Death

Monday, March 24th, 2014 Cairo - An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday on charges including murder, a defense lawyer said, in a sharp escalation of a crackdown on the movement. Most were arrested during clashes which erupted in the southern province of Minya after the forced dispersal of two Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo on August 14. Political...

Istanbul – Turkish Jets Down Syrian Warplane Near Border

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 Istanbul - Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it violated the country's airspace, Turkey's prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between two countries already deeply at odds over Syria's civil war. A spokesman for Syria's military confirmed the incident, denouncing it as a "blatant aggression." The unnamed spokesman quoted on Syrian state TV said...

Washington – Senators Urge Obama To Block Iran’s Path To Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 Washington - A majority of U.S. senators on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to insist a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program contains a measure to prevent Tehran from ever having a path to nuclear weapons, as talks on the deal resumed in Vienna. "We believe any agreement must dismantle Iran's nuclear weapons program and prevent it from ever having a uranium or plutonium path to a...

Washington – President Obama Heading To NYC For High-Dollar Democratic Fundraisers

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 Washington - President Barack Obama is bolstering his party's campaign coffers, joining an ally of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help the Democratic National Committee climb out of a worrisome deficit. It's the latest alignment of the Obama and Clinton orbits, as the former first lady considers a White House bid in 2016. Obama is traveling to New York Tuesday to raise...

Stirling, NJ – Embattled New Jersey Governor Christie Finds Friendly Crowd At Familiar Forum

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Stirling, NJ - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has endured months of political fire for a traffic scandal that has brought down some top aides, visited a conservative corner of his state on Wednesday for a town hall intended to show off his charisma. In his second such meeting since the "Bridgegate" scandal broke, voters were warm to Christie, a Republican seen as a likely 2016 White...

Kiev – Ukraine Draws Obama Into Putin’s Long Game

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Kiev - Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovich was ousted as Ukraine's leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000 troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine's border. The fall of Yanukovich - and Putin's potential response to it - has reignited a debate in Washington on how to respond to the assertive Russian leader. For Obama administration officials, Vladimir Putin is a concern...
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