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...
Ukraine crisis: Rebel head 'quits', 'Tsar' takes over
2014-08-14 16:55:33 UTC
<strong>The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned.</strong>
Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed the ...
Shells hit Ukrainian city of Donetsk amid Russia convoy row
2014-08-14 15:59:57 UTC
Heavy shelling has hit the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk, amid a continuing row over a controversial Russian aid convoy.
People poured out of offices in the city centre after an evacuation warning sounded. At least one person has died.
Confidence in German economy falters: ZEW indicator plunges to 20-month low
2014-08-13 07:10:21 UTC
Europe's standoff with Russia has affected the region's largest economy after economic confidence in Germany nosedived unexpectedly, fuelling fears the eurozone's weak recovery will be snuffed out.
Hostility between the west and Vladimir Putin ...
Russia to send convoy into Ukraine
2014-08-11 22:13:15 UTC
Russia is sending a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine in cooperation with the Red Cross, the Kremlin has announced.
Western leaders had previously warned Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, against using a humanitarian aid mission as a pretex...
Europe's boss, Angela Merkel turns 60
2014-08-08 19:20:50 UTC
<strong>Angela Merkel has presided over a time of great influence and economic success. Germany has assumed a more prominent role in the world - and its unassuming chancellor has become a political heavyweight.</strong>
Angela Merkel, leader of...
Worst since the Nazi era: Anti-Semitism Rises in Europe
2014-08-08 09:27:58 UTC
In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France's Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and ...
Swiss parliament secretary takes nude ‘selfies’ in her office
2014-08-06 22:42:31 UTC
<strong>The woman says she doesn't think she's broken any rules by posting the nude pictures</strong>
A Swiss woman has caused a storm by posting nude pictures of herself from the country’s Federal House online, local media report. The secretar...
Putin orders retaliatory sanctions
2014-08-06 16:53:23 UTC
Vladimir Putin has banned the import of agricultural goods from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia in a tit-for-tat move that deepens the economic standoff between the Kremlin and the west.
Russian government officials have been to...
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
2014-08-06 07:12:45 UTC
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.
The records, discovered...
Putin Readies Retaliatory Measures Against Sanctions
2014-08-05 19:05:21 UTC
President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the Kremlin is readying retaliatory measures against the Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported Tuesday.
"This must be done very carefully, to suppo...
Ukraine army claims strategic town in Donetsk
2014-07-30 19:37:42 UTC
The Ukrainian army says it has seized a key town near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, as fighting rages in the east.
Pro-Russia separatists were driven out of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the army said. The strategic town is near the airport and tra...
POLL: Majority of Russians believe Ukraine downed MH17
2014-07-30 18:33:21 UTC
The vast majority of Russians believe the Ukrainian military shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a new poll has shown, underlining how differently the tragedy has been presented in Russia than in the west.
Western leaders have said pro-Rus...
Russia on point of leaving 1987 arms-control treaty
2014-07-29 17:02:39 UTC
Russia may be on the point of walking out of a major cold war era arms-control treaty, Russian analysts have said, after President Obama accused Moscow of violating the accord by testing a cruise missile.
There has been evidence at least since ...
EU agrees new Economic sanctions against Russia
2014-07-29 16:01:02 UTC
European Union governments reached a deal on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, targeting its oil industry, defence, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.
The sanctions will be reviewed after three months, a diplomat said...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
Satellite images 'show Russian rocket fire into Ukraine'
2014-07-28 05:58:31 UTC
The US on Sunday released satellite images it said backed up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border.
A four-page document released by the State De...
Russia's surprise interest rate rise 'to curb inflation'
2014-07-26 23:03:37 UTC
Russia's central bank has unexpectedly raised its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".
The bank's board decided to raise the interest rate by 50 basis points, or half a percent, to 8% per year.