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Saudi oil infrastructure at risk as Mid-East conflagration spreads

The war against Yemen further entrenches al-Qaeda in the country and threatens to ignite a sectarian backlash within Saudi Arabia itself<p>Saudi Arabia’s <b>escalating intervention in Yemen</b>is a high-stakes gamble that risks back-firing in a series of complex ways, ultimately endangering Saudi oil …

One Year Later In Crimea: Polls Don't Tell The Whole Story

Oleg Sentsov is the face of Crimea today. A year ago, the Ukrainian filmmaker put his next film on hold to participate in AutoMaidan, bringing food to Ukrainian soldiers under siege during Russia’s take-over of the peninsula. Soon after, he was kidnapped by FSB agents and brought to Moscow. …

Russia

Iran nuclear talks at stalemate as deadline approaches

US official says "50-50" chance of a deal as diplomat warns of "significant differences"<p>A final round of talks designed to settle the confrontation over <b>Iran</b>’s <b>nuclear programme</b> reached an impasse on Monday when diplomats warned of “significant differences” and Russia’s foreign minister left the …

South Asia

Russian Tu-22 bomber scares NATO air defenses flying at supersonic speed over the Baltic Sea for the first time

The latest close encounter between NATO and Russian planes over the Baltic Sea was different.<p>Early morning on Mar. 24, NATO and Swedish QRA (Quick …

Military

US House votes to provide lethal aid to Ukraine | DW | 24.03.2015

The United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly late Monday to approve a resolution urging President Barack Obama to deliver lethal …

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Mystery of Putin's disappearance deepens with Russian state media 'mistake'

State television broadcasts – then retracts – reports that still-missing Vladimir Putin hosted an official visit from the President of Kyrgyzstan<p>The mystery over the whereabouts of <b>Vladimir Putin</b> deepened on Saturday as Russian state media broadcast – then retracted – reports that he had hosted an …

Nemtsov murder suspect blows himself up as more arrests made

Five appear in court in Moscow over the killing<p>A suspect in the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov blew himself up with a grenade as police tried to detain him in Chechnya, it has been reported.<p>Officers surrounded the man at an apartment in Grozny on Saturday evening, but he was …

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Inside the mind of Vladimir Putin

Ukraine's rebels are supposed to be putting down their arms. What can we learn about their next move from the psychology of the man who rules Russia?<p>In June 2005, Vladimir Putin saw a diamond-studded Super Bowl ring on the finger of Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. Kraft was in …

As Ukraine-Russia Fight Over Natural Gas Again, Gazprom Ready To Shut The Spigot

Someone needs to declare this union no longer salvageable.<p>Russia and Ukraine are at it yet again over natural gas payments with Gazprom threatening to stop deliveries by Friday. The latest he said-she said shouting match is bad news for eastern Europe. If Gazrpom shuts the spigot, 55% of the …

Natural Gas

British forces head for Ukraine as David Cameron issues warning to Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister announces British infantry training mission to Ukraine as he warns of 'deeply damaging' consequences if EU fails to stand up to Vladimir Putin on Ukraine<p>British troops will be deployed in <b>Ukraine</b> to train soldiers fighting Russian separatists, David Cameron has said, as he delivered …

FBI offers $3 million reward for Russian 'cyber fugitive'

The FBI today announced it's offering a $3 million reward for information leading to the direct arrest or capture of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, who the bureau is labeling "a prolific cyber criminal" guilty of helping push along the crippling GameOver Zeus botnet. The feds maintain that the …

Cybersecurity

Rebel assaults in east Ukraine make weapons pullback impossible, Kiev says

Ukraine delayed a promised pullback of heavy weapons from the front line Monday in eastern Ukraine, blaming continuing attacks from separatist rebels.<p>Under a peace agreement reached Feb. 12, both sides are to withdraw their heavy weapons 25 to 70 kilometres back to create a buffer zone. Ukrainian …

Russia

Moscow commentator: Putin has no interest in peace in Ukraine now or ever

<i>Igor Eidman</i><p>Vladimir Putin may organize short-lived ceasefires for various reasons, few of which have anything to do with Ukraine, but with regard to …

Ukraine ceasefire slows – but does not stop – war in the east

Ukraine peace plan 'generally' observed, but not in the 'hot spot' town of Debaltseve, where rebels claim ceasefire 'does not apply'<p>Shelling resumed around the contested <b>Ukrainian</b> town of Debaltseve on Sunday, shattering a delicate truce less than 12 hours into a nominal ceasefire brokered in Minsk …

Russia's aggression in Ukraine is part of a broader, and more dangerous, confrontation with the West

But on February 12th, after all-night talks, they were put away. "No good news," said Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president. Instead there will be a ceasefire from February 15th. A tentative agreement has been reached to withdraw heavy weaponry.<p>But Russia looks sure to be able to keep open its …

Russia

Russia Stirs the Pot in the Middle East

While attention in the Middle East has focused mainly on the Islamic State or on Israel’s relationship with the United States, Russia has been busy …

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Martial law to be imposed throughout Ukraine if the ceasefire fails

President Poroshenko confirms martial law will be imposed if fighting continues<p>Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko confirmed today that martial law …

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger', Petro Poroshenko says

Petro Poroshenko warns that a peace deal signed with Vladimir Putin was already being undermined by fighting raging in east Ukraine hours before a Saturday deadline, as the US releases satellite images it says shows Russia still deploying heavy arms<p>Fighting has raged on in <b>Ukraine</b>, throwing doubts …

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US says Russia violating 'spirit' of Ukraine peace deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday accused Russia and pro-Russian separatists of violating "the spirit" of a peace deal for Ukraine with weapons shipments and intensified fighting before a ceasefire takes effect this weekend.<p>The allegations came as fierce fighting surged in …

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Putin shoots, scores and wins in Ukraine

How much more of Ukraine does Vladimir Putin want?<p>Crimea, of course, has already been effectively annexed. Now, the second Minsk agreement, signed on Thursday, implicitly recognizes Russia's hold on "particular districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts" in eastern Ukraine. The Russian grip in …

Last-ditch talks to end Ukraine's war as fighting rages

Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France hold a tense summit in Minsk aimed at ending 10 months of fighting in Ukraine as fresh violence claimed more lives<p>As soldiers in eastern Ukraine continued to shell each other mercilessly, there was no disguising the intense discomfort as Vladimir Putin …

Rebels Advance In East Ukraine, Leaving Death And Destruction Behind

Russian-backed forces are sweeping across Ukrainian government territory, provoking a diplomatic crisis — and destroying the towns they capture. BuzzFeed News' Max Seddon reports from Vuhlehirsk, Ukraine, with photos by Max Avdeev.<p>VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine — There was a thud from far off, then a sharp, …

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Ukraine crisis: Putin to confer with leaders by phone

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin is to discuss a peace plan for east Ukraine with the German, French and Ukrainian leaders by phone.</b><p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are pushing a plan to end fighting between government and rebel forces.<p>Meeting Mr Putin in …

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Why Putin Will Ultimately Lose

While Kyiv at last termed Moscow's violence against their country "aggression," they demurred from calling it a war, which it is, seemingly not realizing that if Ukraine won't call this a war, NATO and the rest of Europe never will. T<p>he Poroshenko administration continues to pass on getting serious …

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Greece objects to EU call for more Russia sanctions

Greece's new left-wing government signals further friction with European partners as it objects to EU call for further sanctions against Russia<p><b>Greece's</b> new government has raised a formal objection to an EU statement released on Tuesday condemning Russia's alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis …

Europe

Why the alleged Russian spy ring matters

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> They weren't exactly James Bond but the three alleged Russian spies exposed by the FBI are part of the most intense effort by Russia to infiltrate agents onto American soil since the Cold War.<p>In an affidavit unsealed in federal court on Monday, the Justice Department accused …

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Russia And Ukraine Battle Over The The Holocaust

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko used commemorations of the liberation of Auschwitz as fodder for their current conflict.<p>Godwin's Law holds that anyone who tries to advance an argument by comparing their opponent to Hitler automatically loses the …

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Ukraine president: phone calls prove rebels attacked Mariupol

Petro Poroshenko says intercepted radio conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for attack that killed 30<p>Ukraine's president said on Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets …