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Serbia marks 15th anniversary of NATO bombings

A Kosovo Albanian woman walks on March 22, 2014 past former Yugoslav army barracks, near the town of Mitrovica, which were destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Serbia. When NATO war planes launched their first air campaign on European soil in 1999 to force Serbiato halt a crackdown on independence-seeking Kosovo,the European Union was far from the minds of both Belgrade and Pistina. Now fifteen years later, former biter foes have made their first steps on the European path, after reaching historic accords on normalization of relations last April, under watchful EU mediation. AFP

Serbia marks Monday the 15th anniversary since NATO launched an air war to stop the crackdown on independence-seeking Kosovo by the regime of strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Ukraine signs deal to align itself with Europe

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 21, 2014. AP

Ukraine’s prime minister has pulled his nation closer into Europe’s orbit by signing a political association agreement with the European Union at a summit of the bloc’s leaders.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US expected to announce sanctions against Russia

Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, early Monday, March 17, 2014. AP

The United States and its allies in Europe are expected to announce sanctions against Russia, including visa bans and potential asset freezes, on Monday, one day after Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU mulling next steps against Russia over Ukraine

Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, early Monday, March 17, 2014. Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

The European Union on Sunday condemned the referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea as illegal and is taking steps to increase sanctions against Russia over what many believe is a planned annexation of the bordering peninsula.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

EU’s Ashton: No guaranteed success in Iran deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, welcomes European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for their meeting, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 9, 2014. AP

The European Union’s foreign policy chief said Sunday that there is “no guarantee” that nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers will reach a final deal.

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

Major report reveals ‘extensive’ abuse of women in EU

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A third of women in Europe have suffered a physical or sexual assault and five percent have been raped, a major new study revealed Wednesday, uncovering “extensive human rights abuse” throughout the European Union.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russia approves use of military in Ukraine

A man is stretchered out of a military transport aircraft carrying wounded Ukrainian protesters at the Air Force Base 90, outside Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Ukrainian authorities sent eleven wounded protesters, mainly with gunshot and blast related injuries, for treatment in Romania. AP

Russia’s parliament approved a motion to use the country’s military in Ukraine after a request from President Vladimir Putin as protests in Russian-speaking cities turned violent Saturday, sparking fears of a wide-scale invasion.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

EU: Corruption costing bloc $162 billion annually

An activist holds a European Union flag during a rally at European Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Demonstators rallied in the center of Kiev to demand that the Ukrainian government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the European Union in defiance of Russia. AP

A European Union report says corruption affects all 28 member countries of the Union and costs their economies around €120 billion ($162.19 billion) a year.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Greece to formally assume EU rotating presidency

A passer-by looks at the window of a clothing and shoe shop in central Athens, on Friday, Jan 3, 2013. Greece has assumed the six-month presidency of the European Union, starting 2014 with a promise by the government to pull the country out of a six-year recession, keep a balanced budget, and effectively end a financial crisis that shook the foundations of the euro. AP

Security is tight in central Athens as Greece prepares to formally assume the European Union’s rotating six-month presidency Wednesday afternoon with a ceremony to be attended by EU commissioners.

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Spurned by president, EU embraces Ukraine protest

IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight boxing world champion Wladimir Klitschko, center, stands in front of riot police during clashes between police and pro-European Union activists in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the center of the Ukrainian capital early Wednesday, in an escalation of the weeks-long standoff threatening the leadership of President Viktor Yanukovych. AP

Two weeks ago, the European Union’s foreign policy chief was at a summit in Lithuania, wooing Ukraine’s president with offers of preferential dealings with the world’s largest trade bloc. This week, she stood in Kiev’s Independence Square with protesters bent on ousting the same man.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

EU court: gays in civil pacts have same benefits

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The European Union’s highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can’t marry, they must get the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Tens of thousands march through Kiev

Ukrainian protesters shout as they march to Independence square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. About 50,000 anti-government demonstrators are marching through Ukraine’s capital to protest the president’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. The demonstrators are singing the national anthem and chanting “Ukraine is Europe,” while waving EU and Ukrainian flags. AP

As many as 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

EU fails in bid to bring Ukraine closer to West

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, right, shakes hands with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman van Rompuy, center, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Nov 28, 2013. Van Rompuy and Barroso met with Yanukovych hours before Thursday's start of the Vilnius summit in an attempt to cajole him into signing the long-planned association agreement as soon as possible after the two-day meeting. AP

A European Union bid to draw mighty ex-Soviet state Ukraine into the Western fold headed for failure at a summit ending Friday held amid a worsening EU-Russia tug-of-war.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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