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Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

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Bankers Win Both Ways: Now They Can Take Both Taxpayer and Depositor Money

On March 20, European Union officials reached a historic deal to save failing banks by tapping both taxpayer and depositor funds. It may be illegal under EU Parliament, but is being rushed through to lock taxpayer and depositor liability into place before the dire state of eurozone banks is exposed.

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Causes Controversy With ‘Wipe Out Russians’ Leak

Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was plunged into fresh controversy Tuesday after Russian television broadcast a tape where she is heard urging the “wiping out” of Russians over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.

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Wait a Second, Did Venice Just Vote to Secede From Italy?

While the whole world was busy talking about Crimea, something remarkable happened in Venice.

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West, Russia Swap Sanctions Over Crimea Crisis

President Barack Obama announced a new round of punitive measures for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on Thursday as Europe’s leaders also prepared to hit back at Russia with fresh sanctions.

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Crimea Votes to Join Russia

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to join former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation, the epicenter of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

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Obama Backs Interim Ukraine PM, Rebukes Putin

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk arrived at the White House on Wednesday to accept President Barack Obama’s personal stamp of approval for the government in Kiev.

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Sizing Up Putin’s Plans in Ukraine

As certain Western news outlets get completely exercised about the possibility of a Cold War redux, less flashy but more measured voices, such as that of Russian analyst Ruslan Pukhov, offer some important points to consider about what Russian President Vladimir Putin is up to in Ukraine.

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Russia Can’t Take the West Seriously Anymore, but Why Should It?

Let’s face it, the West has been sold to the highest bidder and Putin has no reason to fear us.

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Obama Warns of ‘Costs’ of Military Intervention in Ukraine; Putin Requests Approval to Send Troops

President Obama appeared on television Friday to discourage any world power considering military intervention in Ukraine, specifically Russia that had been rumored to have soldiers in Crimea. Hours later, Russian President Vladimir Putin gained the approval of his country’s parliament to deploy troops.

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Stephen Colbert Explains How the Ukrainian Crisis Was Obvious to Anyone Who’s Ever Played Risk

“Possessing the Ukraine without massive force is a fool’s errand,” exclaims the pundit. “There are too many borders, it just passes back between East and West.”

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Yanukovych Expelled

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Not to Reason Why: A New Crimean ‘War’?

The Russian-speaking population of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine is upset by the popular movement in the West of the country that has overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych and is said to be forming militias.

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As Ukraine’s President Flees in Overthrow, Lessons for Kiev From the Arab Upheavals

The dramatic overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday, as he fled the presidential palace and it was occupied by extreme nationalists, recalls events in the Middle East in 2011.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Unidentified Leaker of State Department Call

Someone—maybe the Russians—leaked an audio recording of a high-ranking State Department official and the American ambassador in Kiev seeming to plot a coup d’etat against the elected government of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Opposition Leaders Sign Deal to Defuse Crisis

After an upsurge in violence between Ukrainian government forces and protesters this past week claimed dozens of lives and deepened concerns about the possibility of civil war, at least the semblance of progress was made through diplomatic means Friday.

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Ukraine Crisis Intensifies as Death Toll Rises, EU Imposes Sanctions

The relative calm that was achieved in Ukraine earlier this week was a distant memory by Thursday, as clashes between protesters and police claimed at least 22 lives by day’s end.

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Switzerland Votes to Narrow Immigration Pipeline From EU Countries

That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland’s vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.

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Cameron and Europe

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Ukraine President Yanukovych in the Cold

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A Chance to Reimagine the European Union

The EU’s flaws have come into high relief during the recession, but it may be an opportunity to change them; an Israeli contractor wants to build a residential project where only Jews can live; meanwhile, cat cafes are spreading throughout the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych Concedes Everything but His Position

Tuesday was a victorious day for the Ukrainian protesters who have thronged their streets and clashed with government forces for months, as President Viktor Yanukovych handed them some major concessions ... except for one.

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Ukraine: East or West

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Ukraine President Yanukovych Drunk

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Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

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U.S. Fracking Revolution Dilutes EU Climate and Energy Plan

The pressure to remain economically competitive is driving Europe’s new climate and energy plan, with the priority of ameliorating threats from climate change being pushed to second best.

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The NSA’s Been Inserting Tiny Circuit Boards Into Thousands of Computers Abroad for Years

If you think it hasn’t used the same technology in the U.S., you’ve learned nothing in the last year.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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EU Parliament Committee Slams NSA, Votes to Hear Snowden

The U.S. National Security Agency and its U.K. equivalent were the targets of sharp condemnation by a European Union parliamentary committee on civil liberties, which released a report Thursday slamming the two agencies for their invasive surveillance programs in Europe and calling for systemic changes.

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Germany’s Angela Merkel Injured in Skiing Accident

A week of news regarding German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s severe injuries in a ski accident has left the country (and much of the world) in suspense. Now, the German chancellor has harmed her pelvis while practicing the same sport, forcing her to step out of European politics for three whole weeks.

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Financial Help or Bombardment ?

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Fighting About Ukraine

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Why Are Teens Leaving Facebook in Droves?

The omni-popular social media network is losing esteem among 16- 18-year-olds in the European Union who are trying their best to disassociate themselves from the site. And the reason behind this mass exodus? Parents, of course.

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Putin at the EU Door

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Putin Tears Ukraine

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Russia Makes Power Move to Lure Ukraine Away From EU

One thing that can reliably be said about Russian President Vladimir Putin is this: The man is not subtle. Putin’s latest dealings with his Ukrainian counterpart, the politically embattled Viktor Yanukovych, provide further support of this characterization.

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Right-Wing Extremism—It’s Not Just for the U.S.

The Syrian refugee crisis has fanned the flames of right-wing extremism in Bulgaria, signaling yet more nationalistic political sentiment in Europe. No one’s predicting a return of the 1930s rise of fascism, but the parallels are disturbing.

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Madrid Eurovegas Plan Nixed

Due to some disagreements between the Spanish government and Las Vegas Sands—you know, basic things such as the U.S. casino operator’s demands for lower gambling taxes and exemption from indoor smoking bans—the project to make a European version of Las Vegas has fallen through.

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Ukrainians Topple Lenin Statue in Protest

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where Sunday they pulled down a statue of Vladimir Lenin to seek the resignation of the government for refusing a deal that would integrate the country more closely with the European Union.

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Ukraine Wants to be European

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