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US hits 7 Ukraine rebels with sanctions

Vyacheslav Ponomarev, right, the self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk speaks to journalists in front of an administrative building seized by pro-Russian militants in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 29, 2014, with a huge Donetsk People's Republic flag in the background. AP

The Obama administration imposed sanctions Friday on several pro-Russian separatist leaders in Ukraine, including self-proclaimed rebel mayors, governors and commanders in chief of cities under siege, for refusing to cede to the central government in Kiev. The sanctions came as U.S. officials renewed accusations that Russia is providing the separatists with tanks and heavy weaponry and as Ukraine’s president announced a unilateral ceasefire that Washington urged Moscow to support.

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

5 found guilty of Moscow journalist’s 2006 killing

A July 2006 file photo of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow.  A Moscow court has convicted five men of involvement in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, three of whom were acquitted in a previous trial. The jury verdict Tuesday, May 20, 2014, found that Rustam Makhmudov was the gunman who shot Politkovskaya in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building in 2006 and that four others _ his two brothers, their uncle and a former policeman _ were accomplices. Both brothers and the policeman had been acquitted in a 2009 trial, but the Supreme Court ordered a new trial. A judge is expected to sentence the five men Wednesday; all could face up to life in prison. AP

A Moscow court has convicted five men of involvement in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, three of whom were acquitted in a previous trial.

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

May Day rallies demand reform; 5 hurt in Cambodia

Bangladeshi garment workers and activists shout slogans demanding punishment for owners of garment factories that have had accidents in the past, compensation for victims and ensuring work place safety during a May Day rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, May 1, 2014. AP

May Day demonstrators denounced low wages and called for better treatment of workers during rallies Thursday that turned violent in Cambodia and in Turkey, where police tried to enforce a ban on public protests.

Posted: May 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Deal brings no immediate change to eastern Ukraine

A pro-Russian protester holds icons as he stands outside a city hall bearing flags representing the Donetsk Republic in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, April 17, 2014. AP

Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine are showing no sign of relenting despite a deal between Moscow and Kiev.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Putin, Obama discuss solution to Ukraine crisis

A Ukrainian serviceman holds a Ukrainian flag before leaving the Belbek airbase near Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 28, 2014. Ukraine started withdrawing its troops and weapons from Crimea, now controlled by Russia. Russia's president says Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of military units in Crimea that did not switch their loyalty to Russia. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine’s fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow’s purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »