Enter Stage Right
Putin's invasion of Ukraine revives cold war
While the Olympics were taking place in Sochi, Russian president and autocrat Vladimir Putin was starting to invade Ukraine.
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Save the Children describes healthcare disaster in Syria
A boy reacts as he is carried on a stretcher at a damaged site after what activists said was heavy shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Duma, Damascus, Syria, December 26, 2013.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
The Huffington Post
Jeffrey Laurenti: Seeking An Exit From the Ukrainian Cul-de-Sac
German chancellor Angela Merkel came away from a phone conversation with Russian president Vladmir Putin this week convinced that he is living "in another world," she told Barack Obama -- an Orwellian alternative universe, perhaps, in which freedom is slavery and lies are propagated by a Ministry of Truth.
Ukraine vetoes Crimea's referendum, Russia to respect choice (Roundup) - Indiatalkies.com
Kiev/Moscow, March 7: Ukrainian parliament Speaker Alexandr Turchynov Friday signed a decree vetoing the Crimean parliament's decision to hold a referendum on joining Russia even as a top Russian legislator said Russia will respect any choice made by the Crimean people.
The Japan Times
Ukraine crisis tests Europe's foreign policy mettle
Powerful images have been pouring out of Ukraine lately: Kiev's Maidan protesters bravely enduring months of bitter cold, withering police attacks, and sniper bullets; the gilded bathroom fixtures of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych's opulent personal residence; a wheelchair-bound Yuliya Tymoshenko emerging from prison to address her countrymen.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
The Jewish Journal
Will Russia pay dearly for the invasion of Ukraine?
An armed man, believed to be a Russian soldier, stands guard at the entrance to Belbek Airport in the Crimea region Feb. 28. Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region in what Ukraine's government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, raising tension between Moscow and the West.
World powers to blame for not stopping Syria war crimes -UN
Abu Mazen, a 40 year-old man who lost both his legs during shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, tries on prosthetic legs at Duma Charity Foundation for Prosthesis in the Duma neighbourhood in Damascus February 25, 2014.
Mon Mar 03, 2014
The Huffington Post
David L. Phillips: Putin's Calculus in Ukraine
Crimea is more than a flash-point for conflict between Ukraine and Russia. War between Ukraine and Russia has potential regional and global implications.
Sat Mar 01, 2014
Putin seeks Russian military use in Ukraine
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has submitted a proposal to the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, to use the country's armed forces in Ukraine, Kremlin has reported.
Thu Feb 27, 2014
South China Morning Post
Walking on trash: Syrian charity turns shrapnel into limbs, February 28
Some 130,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war. Hundreds of thousands of victims may have lost limbs in the conflict.
Sun Feb 23, 2014
Russia Needs Its Own 'Kiev Moment'
No sooner had the statues of Lenin been toppled and the gates of Viktor Yanukovych's vanity palace opened to the public, the denunciations of the Ukrainian opposition had begun.
Tue Feb 18, 2014
Militants in Rif Dimashq surrender to Syrian army
Militants in the Rif Dimashq Governorate in the southwestern part of the country have surrendered themselves to government forces to put an end to a painful period during which the armed terrorist groups wreaked havoc in region.
Mon Feb 17, 2014
Syria army, rebels agree new Damascus area truce
Syria's army and rebels agreed a truce in the capital's southern suburb of Babbila Monday, the latest in a series of local ceasefires in Damascus flashpoints, an AFP reporter said.
Tue Feb 11, 2014
Large investors, alumni of Russian universities to enjoy easier naturalization - newspaper
Feb 12 - The Federal Migration Service and the Economic Development Ministry have drawn up a law, which facilitates naturalization of foreign citizens, Kommersant wrote on Wednesday.