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Diplomatic exit? Ukraine players converge on Paris

Ukrainian men wearing camouflage uniforms march along a street at a memorial for people killed during clashes with police at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. AP

Top diplomats from the West and Russia trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine are gathering in Paris on Wednesday as tensions simmered over the Russian military takeover of the strategic Crimean Peninsula.

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

Who’s at the door? Oh, it’s Gorbachev

In this Dec. 16, 1984 file photo, Mikhail S. Gorbachev poses with Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the prime minister's official country residence in Chequers, north of London. AP PHOTO

In the scripted world of high-profile diplomacy, every move is planned weeks in advance, with seating charts, menus and toasts subject to careful scrutiny.

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

Back in the USSR? Key Soviet document is missing

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This Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1991 file photo shows Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev talking before the Congress of People's Deputies during a debate on his proposal to transform the Soviet Union into a confederation of sovereign states in Moscow. Former Belarusian leader Stanislav Shushkevich says a historic document that proclaimed the death of the Soviet Union is missing from archives. Officials with Belarus' government and the Russia-dominated alliance of ex-Soviet nations confirmed late Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013, they only have copies. AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File

The powerful Soviet Union may still exist after all — at least on paper.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Ukraine marks 26th anniversary of Chernobyl

Ukraine’s president vowed Thursday that his country is committed to building a new, safer shelter over the damaged Chernobyl reactor as Ukrainians, Belarusians and Russians marked the 26th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Posted: April 26th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

20 years later, ex-USSR is a cracked mosaic

Russian President Boris Yeltsin dances at a rock concert after arriving in Rostov, Russia. Yeltsin's bravery during the 1991 coup attempt and subsequent colorful behavior endeared him to many, but by the time he left office in 1999 he was widely regarded as weak and bewildered (AP Photo).

MOSCOW (AP) — First came Mikhail Gorbachev, who moved a monolithic Soviet Union toward reform. Then in August 1991, an ill-conceived coup attempt by clumsy and occasionally drunken men opened a crack that could not be closed. A few pieces of the empire fell off and floated away. Soon the rest of the mass collapsed. [...]

Posted: August 14th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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