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Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

In this Friday, July 11, 2014 photo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It’s complicated. The tug-of-war over Ukraine threatens to derail Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s moves toward rapprochement with Russia. Suga offered only vague support Thursday, July 17, for the coordinated American and European moves targeting Russian energy firms, financial institutions, arms suppliers and four individuals.“We are watching the situation of the EU and U.S.,” Suga said at a regular briefing. “Working with the international community is our stance regarding Ukraine, so we would like to take appropriate measures in line with that attitude.” (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan’s top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU wants curbs on energy use to reduce link to Russia

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The European Union’s executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU’s united front on Russia falling amid gas needs

The headquarters of Russia's state-run natural gas giant Gazprom is seen during the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 27, 2014. Gazprom halted supplies to Ukraine last week amid a dispute over Ukraine’s mounting debts, raising fears of disruption in Russian gas supplies to Europe. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A clutch of countries is breaking ranks with the EU’s efforts to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia over Ukraine and building a pipeline meant to carry huge amounts of Russian gas to their doorstep.

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Europeans voting to choose new parliament

A man casts his ballot for the European elections and a local referendum on the Tempelhof field in a polling station in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday, May 25, 2014. AP

From Portugal to Finland, voters of 21 nations are casting ballots to decide the makeup of the next European Parliament and help determine the European Union’s future leaders and direction.

Posted: May 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

France’s far right on the rise ahead of EU vote

Demonstrators with French flags gather outside the town hall in Mantes la Ville, north west of Paris, Friday, May 16, 2014, in protest of the ban of a new mosque. AP

For the National Front party, French towns should look French. That means no more new mosques or kebab shops.

Posted: May 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »