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Ukrainians in the Battered East Scramble in Darkness as Winter Nears

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:45:36 GMT

They are picking up the war-torn pieces in the rebel-held region, hoping someone — whether from Kiev or Moscow — can get essential services running again.

Former U.S. Envoy to Moscow Says Russians Are Still Spying on Him

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:59:06 GMT

Michael McFaul said that Russian agents were tapping his telephone as well as that of his wife.

Spy Allegations in a Presidential Race Conjure Romania’s Authoritarian Past

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:10:23 GMT

A spying allegation tapped into a rich vein of Romanian political culture clogged with accusations and counter-accusations of undercover skulduggery.

With Political Rift Still Deep, Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Is Widely Seen as a Patch

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:05:58 GMT

The agreement was reached after both sides accepted the financial realities, in the face of an approaching winter.

In Air and Cyberspace, on Land and Sea, Russia Shows Muscle

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:23:09 GMT

Air activity over Europe, an Estonian officer in custody, the hunt for a submarine and claims of cyberattacks have ramped up tensions with the West.

Turkish Leader, Using Conflicts, Cements Power

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:11:23 GMT

Shifting from the prime minister’s office to the presidency, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has “pulled a Putin,” using conflict at home and with the United States to strengthen his authority.

Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s Former Executives Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:19:55 GMT

Three executives at the Italian lender were accused of hiding a convoluted derivatives contract that helped it conceal its losses.

Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan After Public Outcry

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:25:24 GMT

The proposal had been seen as a move by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to choke off one of the last sources of information not controlled by him and his allies.

The Saturday Profile: A Writer Whose Pen Never Rests, Even Facing Death

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:47:43 GMT

Clive James, 75, who has leukemia, continues to publish poetry and work on other projects in a career that has defied definition.

Eurozone Inflation Ticked Up in October, but Is Still Far Below Target

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:04:14 GMT

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in the 18 nations that use the euro, a level still far below the official target of just under 2 percent.

Sweden Gives Recognition to Palestinians

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:12:22 GMT

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Israel said the decision by Stockholm was unfortunate and would strengthen radical elements and Palestinian recalcitrance.

New Russian Boldness Revives a Cold War Tradition: Testing the Other Side

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:08:16 GMT

A breach of a White House computer system and military flights skirting NATO territory could be “message-sending by Putin, and it’s dangerous,” a defense official said.

Ukraine and Russia Reach Accord on Natural Gas Deliveries

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:46:10 GMT

The agreement, under European Union auspices, ends a standoff over payments for gas Ukraine had already consumed, and terms for future deliveries.

World Briefing: Russia: Court Rules Against Tycoon

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:44:45 GMT

A Moscow court on Thursday ruled in favor of nationalizing a Russian billionaire’s majority stake in the oil producer Bashneft, one of the country’s largest private oil companies.

Interpol May Charge to Screen Passports

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:46:26 GMT

The international police agency could raise funds from businesses like airlines, banks and hotels to screen documents against its criminal database.

Infection That Devastates Amphibians, Already in Europe, Could Spread to U.S.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:07:52 GMT

Fire-bellied newts imported from Asia through the pet trade may be spreading a fungal disease that is killing off fire salamanders in Europe, according to researchers.

Swedish Recognition of Palestinian State

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:10:25 GMT

Margot Wallstrom, the Swedish foreign minister, announced her government’s official recognition of the state of Palestine.

Letter From Europe: Supplanting the Symbols of Warfare

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:53:23 GMT

With the relentless spread of conflicts of faith and identity, the emblems of conventional warfare have changed.

Provocateur’s Death Haunts the Dutch

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:04 GMT

The murder of the filmmaker Theo van Gogh prompted a debate about Islam in the West that is still raging ten years later.

France Denies That It’s Ready to Deliver Warship to Russia

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:23:38 GMT

The government rejected claims that it would hand over the first of two vessels in November, saying conditions in Ukraine had not been met.

Memo From Ukraine: After Ukraine Vote, a New Test: Burying a Legacy of Dysfunctional Politics

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:05:58 GMT

Dysfunction between presidents and prime ministers has hobbled the country, leaving it one of the poorest on the European Continent and often beholden to the whims of Russia.

Memo From Ukraine: After Vote, a New Test: Burying a Legacy of Dysfunctional Politics

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:27:39 GMT

Dysfunction between presidents and prime ministers has hobbled the country, leaving it one of the poorest on the European Continent and often beholden to the whims of Russia.

World Briefing: Austria: Boy, 14, Held in Terrorism Case

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:20:17 GMT

The state prosecutor’s office said a 14-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of planning to place a bomb in a busy Viennese train station and could be charged with belonging to a terrorist organization.

Spike Seen in Russian Military Flights

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:58:46 GMT

NATO on Wednesday reported an “unusual” spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North Seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days.

Nations Sign Pact to Share Data to Fight Tax Evasion

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:11:06 GMT

Germany, France and Britain are among 51 participants in the accord, but Switzerland is hesitant and the United States prefers to follow its own path.