Jules R. A. Ortjens-Straatman

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Russia and Ukraine leaders progress during private talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have made limited progress about resolving a row over Russian gas supplies to Ukraine.<p>Moscow cut off the gas flow to Ukraine in June over unpaid debts and a pricing disagreement.<p>Following the leaders’ private meeting in …

ISIL fighters 'trained to fly warplanes' in Syria

Reports have emerged that members of ISIL have been trained to pilot three captured fighter jets in Syria.<p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said witnesses reported the planes were flown around the military airport in Aleppo, it is unknown whether the jets are equipped with functioning …

German hostages freed by Islamic extremists in Philippines arrive at Manilla embassy

Two German hostages held by Islamic extremists in the Philippines arrived safely at the German embassy in Manilla on Saturday after being released.<p>Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen were abducted last April while sailing between the Philippines and Malaysia, and held on the remote island of Jolo.<p>The …

Putin meets with European leaders over Ukraine; little progress made

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with European leaders Friday, but little progress was made toward ending the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Putin continued to insist his nation bears no responsibility for the conflict that has taken more than 3,700 lives since April.<p>"We note with regret that …

Eurozone crisis, five years on: no happy ending in sight for Greek odyssey

Greece loves its epic tales and the greatest of them is the story of Odysseus, the hero who took 10 years to find his way back to Ithaca at the end of the Trojan War.<p>A modern version of the Odyssey began in Greece five years ago this weekend when the government in Athens admitted that it had cooked …

'US strategy has failed' against 'Islamic State' | DW | 18.10.2014

<i>DW: Unable to hold back the advances of the "Islamic State," ("IS") US President Barack Obama is facing increasing pressure to broaden the US</i> …

Scottish pro-independence campaign takes poll lead for first time

A shock new poll gives Scotland’s independence campaign a narrow lead for the first time.<p>The YouGov survey for the Sunday Times newspaper puts the campaign for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom ahead with fifty-one percent against the unionists’ forty-nine percent.<p>The Scottish National Party’s …