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Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

A flag flutters in the wind over barricades at the regional administration building that has been seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. AP

Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

Posted: April 18th, 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 »

Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

US President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal Thursday aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement.

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

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media after an NATO Ambassadors Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama calls for irregular forces to lay down arms in Ukraine

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

US President Barack Obama urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine amid escalating tensions.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Putin denies interfering in Ukraine as pro-Russia insurgents gain ground

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday, April 14, 2014. Putin denied involvement Monday with pro-Russian insurgents gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, but an unconvinced European Union expanded its sanctions on officials accused of trying to break up the ex-Soviet country.  AP/RIA-NOVOSTI, ALEXEI NIKOLSKY, PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied involvement Monday with pro-Russian insurgents gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, but an unconvinced European Union expanded its sanctions on officials accused of trying to break up the ex-Soviet country.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

UN chief calls for dialogue, calm over Ukraine

Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to “exercise maximum restraint” and engage in dialogue to de-escalate the situation there.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US warns Russia of ‘additional consequences’ over Ukraine

John Kerry

US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine later this month, officials said Saturday, as Washington warned Moscow of “additional consequences” if it fails to reduce tensions with Ukraine.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

No prosecution for pro-Russian protesters

A masked pro-Russian activist speaks to supporters as he stands atop a barricade during a rally at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, April 10, 2014. AP

Ukraine’s acting president promised Thursday that pro-Russian activists occupying government buildings in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk will not be prosecuted if they lay down their arms.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US troops may be sent to Eastern Europe

NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breed love gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris, Wednesday April 9, 2014, as he talks about his mission to formulate a plan to help protect and reassure NATO members nearest Russia. AP

NATO’s top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance nations in Eastern Europe also feeling at risk.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russia probes cheese factory after workers photographed bathing in milk

Screengrab shows Russian workers from Omsk Cheeses bathe in vats of milk.

Russia has launched a criminal investigation into breaches of hygiene at a cheese factory after footage of bare-chested workers bathing in vats of milk went viral on the Internet.

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

Russia says all Ukrainian servicemen left Crimea

Members of the Crimean self defense forces guard the Crimea parliament building during Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's visit in Simferopol, Crimea on Monday, March 24, 2014. Shoigu's visit comes as Ukraine's fledgling government on Monday ordered Ukrainian troops to withdraw from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Russian troops consolidate control over the peninsula. AP

All the the Ukrainian servicemen stationed in Crimea were allowed to leave for mainland Ukraine but 8,000 military men stayed and applied for permission to join the Russian army, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments on Friday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Congress sends Obama bill to aid Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Tatarstan regional leader Rustam Minnikhanov, back to camera, during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Minnikhanov, who visited Crimea to attend a congress of Crimean Tatars, discussed their demands with Putin. AP

Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill on Tuesday to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-poor Ukraine and punish Russia for its bold annexation of part of the former Soviet republic.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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