Ukrainian forces setbacks in Luhansk and Donetsk
2014-09-01 22:14:55 UTC
Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.
Officials said nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began.
Earlier the military said government f...
Russian's Lavrov calls for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine
2014-09-01 07:43:22 UTC
Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said the negotiations taking place in Minsk on Monday to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine should seek an immediate ceasefire.
Lavrov added that Ukrainian forces must pull back from positions from...
NATO plans five new bases in Eastern Europe
2014-09-01 07:35:21 UTC
LONDON — Caught off guard by the crisis in Ukraine, NATO plans to create a “spearhead” rapid deployment force and a “more visible” presence in Eastern Europe to assuage concerns about Russian intentions, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the alliance’s secre...
Putin 'urges talks on "statehood" for eastern Ukraine'
2014-08-31 13:54:16 UTC
President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report.
He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld".
His comments came after the EU g...
European Union gives Putin a one week Ultimatum
2014-08-31 13:48:41 UTC
The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petr...
EU 'must act on Russia aggression'
2014-08-30 16:53:43 UTC
Vladimir Putin has been warned that the crisis in Ukraine could be reaching the "point of no return" as European leaders said the EU was ready to defend its principles.
As the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, claimed there were hundreds o...
'Russian troops deployed' in Ukraine
2014-08-29 09:49:06 UTC
World powers have called a succession of emergency meetings to step up the international response to Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of a de facto invasion and of opening up a second front in the conflict in eastern Europe.
The UN security cou...
Political fraud case: Lagarde 'under investigation'
2014-08-27 10:55:47 UTC
IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.
She has been questioned several times about her role in a 400m euro ($527m) compensation payout to bu...
Response to Putin: NATO plans east European bases
2014-08-27 05:12:25 UTC
Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary gene...
Putin sent 'accidentally' soldiers to east Ukraine
2014-08-27 01:30:03 UTC
MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Unidentified, heavily-armed strangers with Russian accents have appeared in an eastern Ukrainian village, arousing residents' suspicions despite Moscow's denials that its troops have deliberately infiltrated the frontier...
Hollande took the biggest gamble of his presidency
2014-08-25 21:38:37 UTC
French president François Hollande took the biggest gamble of his two-year-old presidency on Monday by ordering his reformist prime minister to form a new government which will exclude Socialist dissidents demanding an end to economic austerity po...
Ukraine troops battled Russian armoured column
2014-08-25 15:14:23 UTC
Ukraine's government has said its forces have clashed with an armoured column that crossed the border from Russia as Moscow ramped up tensions ahead of crunch talks by pledging to send in a new aid convoy.
The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshe...
Switzerland's Roche to buy US biotech company InterMune
2014-08-25 04:50:00 UTC
The multibillion-dollar consolidation of the global pharmaceutical sector has seen another blockbuster deal after Switzerland's Roche agreed to buy US biotech company InterMune for $8.3bn (£5bn).
Roche, which makes influenza drug Tamiflu, said ...
UK close to identifying ISIS killer of James Foley
2014-08-24 18:08:05 UTC
Security services are close to identifying the jihadi captor who beheaded American journalist James Foley, the British ambassador to the United States has said.
Speaking on US television, Sir Peter Westmacott, said voice recognition technology ...
Volcanic eruption beneath Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier sparks red alert
2014-08-24 18:07:53 UTC
A small volcanic eruption has occurred under Iceland's Dyngjujökull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, Iceland's meteorological office has said.
The region of the Bárðarbunga volcano...
Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit
2014-08-23 09:11:11 UTC
The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.
However, it says the fifth and sixth satellites launched from French Guian...
Russian convoy prompts Western anger
2014-08-23 00:30:36 UTC
Russia's decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely condemned in the West.
The EU and the US called for them to be withdrawn, saying their presence violated Ukraine's sovereignty....
The Ukrainian government claims wins in rebel stronghold Luhansk
2014-08-21 05:28:54 UTC
The Ukrainian government has announced control of the rebel stronghold Luhansk. The news follows a day of heavy fighting around the eastern city of Donetsk that left at least 40 people dead.
With street battles ongoing on Wednesday, Ukrainian t...
UK: Scotland Yard warn sharing James Foley killing video is a crime
2014-08-21 05:50:34 UTC
Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley's murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
Refugee convoy hit by Pro-Russian rebels rockets
2014-08-18 21:47:41 UTC
Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed on Monday when a convoy carrying refugees was hit by rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.
Government forces and pro-Russian rebels accused...
1,200 Ukraine rebels 'trained in Russia'
2014-08-16 17:16:32 UTC
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTub...
Germany 'spied' on U.S. Government and NATO Member
2014-08-16 17:03:13 UTC
German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.
The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry ...
Ukraine destroyed Russian vehicles after crossing border
2014-08-15 22:27:09 UTC
Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country's east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border.
Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, told David Cameron in a phone call that his country's armed force...
German intelligence (BND) spied on Hillary Clinton
2014-08-15 20:53:56 UTC
German intelligence spied on Hillary Clinton on various occasions.
According to a report in the German news publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, German intelligence apparently spied on Hillary Clinton while she was in office and during various trip...