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Ukraine News - June 24, 2014

Ukraine separatists vow to honor the govt cease-fire as peace talks get under way in the east - Fox News

Separatists set conditions for negotiations with Kiev - RT News

Three-party talks on resolving Ukraine's crisis begin in Donetsk - The Voice of Russia

Poroshenko invites Russia to send inspectors to Ukraine to monitor ceasefire - ITAR-TASS

Obama and Putin talk on the phone on Ukraine -

Oligarch Medvedchuk may have convinced Putin that Poroshenko's peace plan is a step towards reaching a final settlement - CSMonitor

"Ukrainian choice" Medvedchuk could start a political settlement - Russian news and facts

VIDEO (Russian): Peace Talks Underway in Donbass As Viktor Medvedchuk Arrives With Federalisation Proposal -

Ukraine looks to Polish federalism as a model for political reform - GlobalPost

Current requirements and recommendations on constitutional reform in Ukraine of the Parliamentary Assembly and Venice Commission -

EU prepares civilian mission to assist security sector reform in Ukraine - European Union, EEAS

U.S Department of State: Background Briefing on Ukraine - Scoop News

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: 'We recruit volunteer fighters from Russia’ - BBC News

Ukraine railroad blown up, Russian train derailed (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO: Police Clash With Maidan Supporters In Kharkiv


Europe to Sign Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine on June 27 -

Guide to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement -

Ukraine to dominate EU foreign ministers’ summit - France 24

Kiev Willing to Consult Moscow on Implementation of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement - RIA Novosti

New Ukraine FM Seen Bringing Sober Style to Kyiv Diplomacy, Regarded as  a consummate diplomat capable of deftly navigating the integration with Europe  - VOA

Russia to protect its market if Ukraine signs free trade agreement with EU: Russian deputy PM - The Voice of Russia

Russia may impose temporary ban on farming products' imports from Ukraine, They may contain the dangerous pest corn rootworm - The Voice of Russia

Gazprom's Gas Flow to Europe via Ukraine Remains Stable as Debt Feud Continues -

Naftogaz May Review Transit Contract with Russia in Court - RIA Novosti

Ukraine hopes for out-of-court deal with Gazprom: Naftogaz CEO - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine News - June 23, 2014

Putin backs Poroshenko's peace plan, calls on both sides in Ukraine conflict to lay down arms and compromise - The Guardian

VIDEO: Putin calls for “genuine dialogue” between Kyiv and eastern rebels - euronews

Putin Orders Forces in the Urals on Combat Alert - ABC News

VIDEO: Combat Ready Alert: Putin orders surprise drills in Central Military District - YouTube

Ukraine president Poroshenko offers talks with pro-Russian separatists - Yahoo News

Poroshenko warns of ‘detailed Plan B’ if Ukraine ceasefire fails - RT News

New Ukrainian constitution may be passed in September: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia

TRANSCRIPT: Televised Address of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire - Reuters

VIDEO: Ukrainian peace broken amidst cross-border shelling - euronews

Ukraine Blames Separatist Militias for 'Violating Truce', Says Gunmen Carried Out 11 Armed Attacks on Army Positions During the Last 24 hours -

Rebels Shell Border Guard Convoy In Luhansk Region - Ukranian News

Ukraine’s National Guard shelling Lugansk village Ananyevka despite ceasefire: LPR militia - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's military resumes bombardment of the town of Shchastye near Lugansk: media - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Russian TV shows footage exposing Ukraine’s artillery strikes in the Lugansk region - ITAR-TASS

Latest statements from separatist military commander Igor Strelkov (June 22) - The Vineyard of the Saker

Why Ukraine's Separatist Movement Failed in Kharkiv: Mayor Kernes Returns To Different City After Being Shot - New Republic

Russia indicts Ukraine’s Kolomoisky, Avakov for using prohibited means of warfare - ITAR-TASS


Kiev nationalists clash with police outside Orthodox monastery, as churchgoers were holding a peace service to end war (VIDEOS) - RT

VIDEO: Nationalists clash with anti-war march in Kiev - YouTube

VIDEO: Kiev peace demonstration demands end to warfare - YouTube

VIDEO: Kiev nationalists vandalize SberBank of Russia - YouTube

VIDEO: More footage of protesters attacking Russian bank in Kiev -


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Ukraine News - June 21, 2014

Ukraine leader declares week-long ceasefire in east - THE DAILY STAR

Ukrainian president rules out talks with separatists of self-proclaimed republics - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine peace plan to call for 10-km buffer zone on Russia border - GlobalPost

Rebels in eastern Ukraine reject peace plan and ceasefire offer by Poroshenko - The Irish Times

Militia of Donetsk People's Republic distrusts Poroshenko's security guarantees - The Voice of Russia

Militants of Lugansk won't lay down arms while Ukraine won't take away army from LNR - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko, local authorities of Ukraine’s eastern regions fail to find negotiating position - ITAR-TASS

New battles as Ukraine says 300 separatists and 7 Ukrainian troops killed in fighting, rebels drive tanks - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite cease-fire - AFP

Kiev’s army shelling kills 5yo boy & his mom in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO: Huge build up of troops near Lugansk -

Donetsk Republic forms division of miners - ITAR-TASS

Good morning, Donetsk -- Ukraine rebels spread the word on radio - Yahoo!7

US hits 7 Ukraine rebels with sanctions - Mail Online


Russia: Poroshenko’s ceasefire looks more like ultimatum, “Key element is yet lacking - a proposal to start talks with the separatists" - ITAR-TASS

Russia re-deploying near Ukraine border, stockpiling additional tanks and artillery -

President Putin calls emergency meeting with security council to discuss southeast Ukraine events - The Voice of Russia

Ukrainian Rebel Commander Identified As Russian GRU Military Intelligence Colonel - Washington Free Beacon

Kiev seizes 'Russian armoured vehicle', says fighters and military equipment have been coming into the country from the Russian border - ibtimes

Ukrainian military refute reports on full control over eastern border with Russia - ITAR-TASS

Russian checkpoint on Ukraine border comes under fire, Moscow expects explanations from Kiev (VIDEO) - RT News

Putin plotting to halt UK fracking, warns Nato chief - AP

‘What are they smoking?’ Greenpeace ridicules NATO claims of Russian fracking plot (VIDEO) - RT News


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Iraq News - June 20, 2014

Obama sending 300 military advisers to Iraq in no-combat role, leaving open the possibility of targeted airstrikes - AP

VIDEO (short version): President Obama Remarks on Iraq - YouTube

VIDEO (full version): President Obama Remarks on Iraq -

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's remarks on Iraq -

The military advisers will have a number of missions, Pentagon officials say -

Dempsey: Too Soon for US Air Strikes in Iraq "until we can clarify this intelligence picture" -

CIA facing gaps in Iraq as it hunts for ISIS militants - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: General Patrick Dempsey and Chuck Hagel Senate Committee Testimony on Iraq - Unedited Politics

Kerry says U.S. may share information with Iran over Iraq, not cooperate - Reuters

Iranian Leader Vows to Protect Holy Sites in Iraq -

Saudi FM blasts Iraqi PM Maliki’s ‘sectarian policies’ - Al Arabiya News

With eye on Iran, Saudi insists Iraq solution is internal, opposes "all foreign intervention and interference" - Yahoo News

Gulf Nations Struggle With Iraq Militant Blowback - ABC News

ISIS advance in Iraq forces Gulf donors to rethink their patronage - Yahoo News

How Arab backers of the Syrian rebels see Iraq - The Washington Post

Turkey gives cold shoulder to US strikes in Iraq -

Turkey Gives Up On Unified Iraq - The Daily Beast


Iraq's Maliki: I won't quit as condition of US strikes against ISIS militants -

Iraqi capital out of danger; urgent need for U.S. strikes eases: Maliki ally - Yahoo News UK

Iraq's al-Maliki extends overtures to Sunni and Kurdish rivals - Yahoo News

Biden urges Maliki , Barzani and Nujaifi to unite against ISIS -

Readout of the Vice President's Calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, Nujaifi and Barzani - The White House

Kurds support dividing Iraq into three autonomous regions - Al-Monitor

Battle rages for Iraq's largest oil refinery - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Iraq exodus? Oil majors withdraw staff as terror threat rises - RT Business

Kurdish Oil Keeps Flowing, For Now - Rudaw

Iraqi Kurds link Kirkuk to own oil pipeline, plan more exports via Turkey - hurriyetdailynews

Iraqi Kurds seize control of key Syria border crossing - Al-Monitor

ISIS alliance with a deeply rooted network of Saddam Hussein loyalists -

ISIS photos show gains and Iraqi support - The Long War Journal

ISIS, Inc. – Jihadists attract investors, fighters with annual reports & glossy PR - RT News

ISIS publishes its annual report called al-Naba covering all its activities with attack metrics: Analysis - Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

With gritty determination, Iraqi Shiites rush to fight ISIS militants -

VIDEO (Arabic) : We'll "demolish" ISIS and Saudi, Qatar “enemies”: Iraqi Shia Volunteer leader - YouTube


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Ukraine News - June 19 , 2014


Ukraine's president offers unilateral ceasefire after talks with Putin, Merkel - Fox News

VIDEO: Ukrainian President calls for peace plan after Putin phone call - euronews

Ukraine to cease fire in eastern regions in next few days: acting defense minister - ITAR-TASS

Military operation to secure Ukraine's eastern border nearly complete, says defense minister -

Ukraine’s Poroshenko nominates new Foreign Minister, suggests relieving Deshchytsia from post after he shouted “Putin is a dickhead” - RIA Novosti

Russian diplomat welcomes Ukraine president’s choice for foreign minister - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko offers condolences over death of Russian journalists in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's Poroshenko proposes ally as central bank chief - Yahoo News UK

Ukraine’s Parliament Proposes to Dissolve, calls new elections - RIA Novosti


Rebels Reject Ukrainian Leader’s Cease-Fire Idea, “If they want peace, then they can leave” -

Donetsk, Luhansk leaders say contacts with presidential settlement envoy are impossible until Ukrainian troops stay - ITAR-TASS

'No to war!': Thousands of miners protest Kiev’s crackdown on E. Ukraine (VIDEO) - RT News

Lavrov: Moscow expects full-scale ceasefire from Ukrainian authorities and negotiations with southeast separatists -

VIDEO (Russian): Lavrov Urges Ukraine to Negotiate With Pro-Russian Separatists - YouTube

Russian Army Ready for Any Developments in Ukraine, World: Defense Minister - RIA Novosti

U.N. Report Details Casualties in Eastern Ukraine -

REPORT (Full): Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Russia Foreign Ministry: UN report fails to objectively assess Kiev’s criminal actions - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine Defense Ministry says 147 servicemen killed in military operation - ITAR-TASS

2 Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine - AP

VIDEO: Moment Ukraine army shell hits Russian TV crew caught on tape - RT News

Kharkiv Mayor Gennady Kernes Returns After Assassination Attempt - The Moscow Times


Interior minister: Blast at Ukraine gas pipeline due to bomb, security increased - Reuters

Ukrainian pipeline blast caused by poor investment: Gazprom - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian government is ready to introduce state of emergency in the energy sector - ITAR-TASS

Kiev wants joint EU-Ukraine gas strategy -

Moscow to Hold New Gas Talks Only After Kiev Clears its Debt: Russian Energy Minister - RIA Novosti

Hungary to increase reverse-flow gas supply to Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


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Iraq News - June 18, 2014

White House: US not ready to make decision on military action in Iraq -

US focus shifts away from airstrikes in Iraq - AP

Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say - The Washington Post

POLL: Voters support Obama approach in Iraq over NeoCon Republicans - publicpolicypolling

White House sending special forces to advise the Iraqi army and provide embassy security, will not be engaged in combat - Fox News

U.S. deploys amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde to Persian Gulf in response to Iraq crisis -

VIDEO: USS Mesa Verde Heads to Iraq - DoDLive

John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict -

Pentagon: No joint military acts with Iran in Iraq - WHDH-TV

British embassy reopens in Tehran as Iraq crisis helps thaw Iran relations -

Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS - The Daily Beast

Iraq says Saudi Arabia "siding with terrorism" - Al Akhbar English

Qatari: U.S. intervention in Iraq would be seen as war on Sunni Arabs - Enquirer Herald

Syrian war planes strike inside Iraq with the help of Iranian intelligence, sources say - Fox News

Iraq Shiite volunteers in Syria head home to fight rebels: NGO - THE DAILY STAR

Gunmen loyal to the rebel Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise Al-Nusra Front seize Iraq-Syria border crossing -


Maliki stands with Sunni leaders, appealing for Iraqi unity - Reuters

Spokesman defends Maliki against claims of sectarianism (VIDEO) - Blogs

Maliki fires 4 Iraqi Army commanders for failing 'their national duty' when confronted by ISIS -

Sistani stresses need for unity over sectarianism in battle for Iraq - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Interview with Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani, "calls for independent Sunni region like Kurdistan” - BBC News

Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani and Iran Discuss Iraq as Rebels Advance - Rudaw

U.N. says ISIS rebels carried out ‘cold-blooded executions’ in Iraq - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Alleged ISIS executions in Iraq - CNN

Iraq's children of war: ISIS Rebels force boys to watch execution and youngsters join regime troops (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Mail Online

40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq's Mosul, involvement of ISIS rebels suspected - The Times of India

46 Indian nurses stranded in Tikrit narrate their ordeal “in the line of fire” of ISIS - Khaleej Times

ISIS forces beaten back by Iraqi military forces and allied Shia militias in Baqubah - Threat Matrix

Allegation of Shiite sectarian killings of Sunnis near Baqubah: 44 detainees killed - Fox News

VIDEO: Gunfight to keep militants at bay in Baqubah - BBC News

Iraqi Turkmen Front takes up arms against ISIS - Worldbulletin News

Fears of sectarian killings rise in Baghdad after Sunni imam, two aides found dead - The Washington Post

Officials in Iraq say an explosion in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district has killed 10 people -

Iraq: Key Iraqi oil refinery shuts down as Islamists press to seize it -

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Ukraine News - June 17, 2014

Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail - GlobalPost

Ukraine’s stance in gas talks with Russia is ‘blackmail’, a method to negotiate an ultra-low price: Gazprom CEO - RT Business

Gazprom files $4.5 billion lawsuit against Ukraine's Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS

Gazprom Says Further Lawsuits Against Naftogaz to Follow Shortly - RIA Novosti

European Consumers to Receive Russian Gas in Full Volume: Gazprom - RIA Novosti

If Ukraine tries to steal Europe-bound gas, Gazprom will develop alternative routes: Miller (VIDEO) - RT Business

Europe Ready to Consider Opal Pipeline For Future Gas Supplies: Gazprom - RIA Novosti

Gazprom ready to finance supply of gas to European storage facilities - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine declares emergency in energy sector, to set "economically justified" tariffs for transit of Russian gas through its territory - IANS

PM Yatseniuk says Russia intends to temporarily set the price of gas for Ukraine at $385/1,000 m3 and in winter raise it to $500 - Ukrinform

Ukraine's Naftogaz Sues in Stockholm Over Russia Gas -

The European Union has offered reverse-flow gas supplies to Ukraine at a price lower than that of Russia’s Gazprom: Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS

Naftogaz asking EC for major gas reverse flow from Slovakia - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Ukraine Able to Maintain Domestic Gas Supplies for Several Months -


Poroshenko calls for Ukraine ceasefire to buy time for peace deal - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Poroshenko announces potential ceasefire plans - YouTube

Ukrainian army ready to cease fire in east in 5-7 days: Security Council chief - ITAR-TASS

Donetsk, Lugansk should hold early local elections: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia

Ukraine to close border with Russia next week: defence minister - ITAR-TASS

Over 100 people killed in Lugansk in past 2 days: head of self-proclaimed Lugansk republic - Strategic Culture Foundation

Ukraine's army opens mortar fire on community near Lugansk - self-defense - The Voice of Russia

Militia report downing two drones of Ukrainian army - ITAR-TASS

Pro-Russian rebels take Ukraine state bank, 'We want the tax revenues to stay here instead of going to Kiev’ -


Ukraine mourns the 49 servicemen killed after plane shot down, 300 protestors assault the Russian embassy in Kiev - The Westside Story

VIDEO: Protesters attack Russian embassy in Kiev -

Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead, sparks calls from Russia for his resignation - Business Insider

VIDEO: Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead - YouTube

Psaki defends Ukraine FM over 'Putin f**ker' remark, confuses Iraq and Iran (VIDEO) - RT USA

FM Lavrov accuses Ukrainian acting interior minister of connivance with extremists on the rampage in front of the Russian Embassy in Kiev - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Lavrov slams Russian embassy attack in Kiev - YouTube

Ukraine Says Russia Has 38,000 Troops on Border Amid ‘Invasion’ - Bloomberg

Approximately 200 Russian Army Vehicles Reported Moving Toward Ukraine Border (VIDEOS) - The Speaker

NATO releases photographs of what it says were suspected Russian tanks delivered to separatists in eastern Ukraine -

NATO Says Russia Considers it an Opponent, Prepares Ukraine Aid -

Russia prepares plan for complete substitution of military products from Ukraine: Rogozin - The Voice of Russia


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Iraq News - June 16, 2014


Iraq Army tries to roll back Sunni militants’ advance, says nearly 300 ISIS militants killed and 50 vehicles destroyed - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Iraq conducts air strikes on ISIS targets - The Washington Post

Maliki Orders Iraqi Troops To Make Stand At Samarra -

Samarra: Holy City where Iraq is doing battle against Sunni radicals - Telegraph

Shia militia: 'ISIS will not take Baghdad' - The Observer

Shiite militias strike back in Iraq, "We want to show the world that we can protect ourselves” -

VIDEO: Shia volunteers leave Basra for Baghdad to confront ISIS -

Powerful Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr calls for a military parade across Iraq - AhlulBayt News Agency

Anti-al-Qaeda Sunni Group Backs Iraq’s Shiite Government - Bloomberg

Kurd forces hold Iraq border crossing with Syria - Arab News 


Advancing Iraq rebels seize northwest town Tal Afar in heavy battle - Yahoo News

Bombings Kill Up to 21 People in Baghdad -

ISIS photographs detail execution of Iraqi soldiers (PHOTOS) - The Long War Journal

Iraq crisis: Cracks emerge in fragile alliance of insurgents -

VIDEO: General Military Council of the Iraqi Revolutionaries: ‘We are stronger than ISIS’ -

Iraq arrest that exposed wealth and power of ISIS jihadists - The Guardian

ISIS By The Numbers: How The Group Funds Terror (VIDEO) -

The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win - Syria Comment


Obama pushes Iraqis to mend sectarian rifts, prodding the leaders to form a new national unity government -

US, UK create joint team to prepare for air strikes in Iraq: report - RT News

Security boosted at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, some personnel are evacuated - The Washington Post

US prepares for talks with Iran to stop ISIS militants, says official -

Iran, US can end Iraq crisis says Rouhani adviser - Al-Monitor

Iran sends 2000 Basiji forces into Iraq to aid fight against ISIS militants -

Beleaguered Iraqis Court Iranian Mastermind of the Shiites Who Fought the U.S. -

Syria pounds ISIS Northeast bases in coordination with Iraq: activist group - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian army crushes rebel push near Northwest Turkish border - US News

Spread of fighting in Iraq to Turkmen town Tal Afar alarms Ankara - CİHAN

America's Allies Are Funding ISIS: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have dual agendas in the war on terror - The Daily Beast

Saudi press blames Iraq PM's 'sectarianism' for unrest - Ahram Online

ISIS recruitment drive in Riyadh also poses a potential threat to the Al Saud family’s rule - Businessweek

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Iraq News - June 14, 2014

Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's Highest-Ranking Shia Cleric, Issues Fatwa To Fight ISIS -

VIDEO: Top Iraqi Shia cleric calls on followers to take up arms against ISIS - euronews

Why Ayatollah Al-Sistani's Iraq Fatwa Is So Important -

Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to battle ISIS militants - AFP

Iraq PM Maliki Arms Tribes In Fight With Anbar Militants -

VIDEO: Recruits from Karbala set off to help fight ISIS - YouTube

ISIS' advance halted at Samarra - The Long War Journal

Iraq PM in embattled Samarra for security meet - GlobalPost

VIDEO: ISIS threatens Samarra shrine - YouTube

President Barzani: Peshmerga in Areas Abandoned by Iraqi Army - Rudaw

Kurdish Peshmerga Say They are Ready if Islamists Bring Fight - Rudaw

Iraq cracks down on ISIS with airstrikes, killing 40 - Daily Sabah

Samarra, Baghdad, Karbala, and Najaf: These cities and their Shi’a shrines will not fall the way that Mosul did - Institute for the Study of War Iraq Updates

U.S. Officials Say 4 of Iraq’s 14 army divisions abandoned their posts under ISIS attack, Other units stationed closer to Baghdad would put up a resistance -

In Iraq, ISIS militants continue drive, grab 2 towns close to Baghdad - CBS News

Extortion, bank robbery fuel ISIS bloody drive to establish Sharia caliphate (VIDEO) - Fox News

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Has a Consumer Protection Office, A guide to how the militant group overrunning Iraq actually governs - The Atlantic

ISIS boast of slaughtering 1,700 soldiers after posting beheading video of Iraqi policeman - Mail Online

U.N. Warns of Atrocities, Abuses and Hundreds Dead in Iraq Fighting -


Obama Considering 'Targeted' Military Action in Iraq -

VIDEO: President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq - The White House

TRANSCRIPT: Statement by the President on Iraq - The White House

Report: Carrier Bush to move toward Iraq crisis - AP

Pentagon Said to Plan Increased Surveillance Over Iraq - Bloomberg

Iraq May Turn to Iran for Help, Maliki Aide Says -

In a phone conversation Rouhani, Maliki stress eradication of terrorism in Iraq - PressTV

Exclusive: Alarmed by Iraq, Iran open to shared role with U.S. - Iran official - Yahoo News

State Department: U.S., Iran Have a 'Shared Interest' in Stabilizing Iraq, But Haven't Discussed the Iraqi Crisis - WSJ

Iranian Proxies Step Up Their Role in Iraq - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Hizbullah Vows Not to Intervene in Iraq, Warns of ISIS Spread - Naharnet

Jihadist expansion in Iraq puts Persian Gulf states in a tight spot - The Washington Post

Iraq government to blame for Islamist rebel advance: Saudi prince - Yahoo News

Fears About Iraq Continue to Push Up Oil Prices -

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Iraq News - June 13, 2014

In new audio recording ISIS urges militants to march to Baghdad - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: ISIS release audio urging fighters to march on Baghdad - Telegraph

Saddam-era fugitive’s armed group fighting alongside militants in Iraq, officials say - Fox News

UN Official Sees No Immediate Threat to Baghdad - VOA

Iraq: Government Controls Baiji Oil Refinery - VOA

Maliki Turns to Militias to Halt Militant Onslaught - Bloomberg

Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk, Police loyal to Nouri al-Maliki powerless to stop looting - The Guardian

VIDEO: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters clash with ISIS militants - ITV News

ISIS Shelling Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled Areas South of Kirkuk - Rudaw

Q&A with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim: Peshmerga to Stay 'As Long as Necessary’ - VOA

How effective is ISIS compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga? -

AUDIO (Arabic): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God” - JIHADOLOGY

TRANSCRIPT (English): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām - azelin.files

PHOTOS: Iraqi refugee reveals the horrors of the jihadi takeover as Baghdad vows to fight back - DailyMail

Iraq Isis Crisis: Medieval Sharia Law Imposed by ISIS on Millions in Nineveh Province - Yahoo News UK

ISIS Takes Over Thermal Plants - Eurasia Review

ISIS Claims Baghdad Terror Attacks that Killed Dozens: Statement - The New Indian Express

How ISIS Pulled Off A Rapid Takeover In Iraq -

VIDEO: Remarkable footage of 100s of Iraq soldiers surrendering to ISIS near Tikrit - Twitter / Charles_Lister

How ISIS is exploiting the economics of Syria's civil war - Vox

ISIS Threatens to Invade Jordan, 'Slaughter' King Abdullah -


US President Barack Obama meets national security team on Iraq - zeenews

VIDEO: Obama considers options to help Iraq, Not ruling anything out - YouTube

U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq - WSJ

Americans being evacuated from Iraqi air base as militants advance, The three planeloads are mostly contractors and civilians - Fox News

Iran to combat terrorism in Iraq: Iran President Rouhani - AFP

Iran Deploys Forces to Fight Militants in Iraq - WSJ

Iran Police Chief: Tehran Could Intervene in Iraq to Protect Shia Shrines - The Daily Beast

The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran, Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East -

Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by the Saudi Wahhabis and Kuwaiti oligarchs - The Independent

Militant advances in Iraq 'Saudi terrorism': Syria media - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO:  Video shows Saudis fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq - Al Arabiya News


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Iraq News - June 12, 2014

ISIS takes control of Bayji, Tikrit in lightning southward advance - The Long War Journal

ISIS Sunni militants push into Iraqi oil refinery town - Reuters

Iraq Says Mosul Violence Won't Spread to Oil-Producing South - WSJ

PHOTOS: Tikrit falls to Islamist terrorists - Mail Online

Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make ISIS World's Richest Terror Force -

MAP: Where ISIS Is Gaining Control in Iraq and Syria -

Iraq forces repel militant assault on Samarra: witnesses - THE DAILY STAR

Iraq says to work with Kurdish forces to retake Mosul - Reuters

Kurdish Fighters Mobilize to Stop Threat of Islamist Militants - WSJ

As Islamic Militants Continue Advance, Kurds Vow to Defend Kirku - Rudaw

Sadr calls for new force to defend Iraq religious sites - THE DAILY STAR

ISIS Militants Seize Turkish Consulate Staff in Iraqi City -

Bombings in Shiite areas of Iraq kill 37 - THE DAILY STAR

Al-Qaida splinter group ISIS encircles Syrian city across the Iraq border - The Washington Post

How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadist leader -

The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’ -


Iraq Asked U.S. for Airstrikes, Officials Say -

Iraq Requests Accelerated Shipment of U.S. Arms to Counter Militants - Wall Street Journal

US considers sending emergency military aid to Iraq - The Independent

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Trade Barbs Over Failures - WSJ

State Department: US has no plans to send any of its 35,000 Middle East-based troops into Iraq - Mail Online

US ponders whether new leadership in Baghdad could slow extremists but sees few alternatives - Fox News

U.S. Embassy in Iraq prepares evacuation plans -

Iraq foreign minister: Iraq faces 'mortal threat' - Yahoo News

Iraq army capitulates to ISIS militants in four cities - The Guardian

Iraq's Army Abandoned Mosul To ISIS By 'Changing Clothes, Abandoning Weapons’ -

VIDEO: Iraqi Army fleeing Kirkuk in civilian clothing - YouTube

How did hundreds of Islamist militants beat thousands of US-trained Iraqi army soldiers? - ITV News

Iraq army was not prepared for ISIS, says former White House advisor -

Iraqi Army's power blunted by a rise in desertions, Exhausted and bereft soldiers quit fight -

Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army - The Daily Beast

President George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq at the root of Iraq’s chaos - Consortiumnews

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Iraq/Syria News - June 11, 2014

ISIS takes control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city - The Long War Journal

After Mosul ISIS seizes more towns in northern and central Iraq - The Long War Journal

Al Qaida's ISIS paves a Syria-Iraq corridor, plans 'Islamic emirate' - World Tribune

Iraq's prime minister calls for state of emergency after Mosul attack - Los Angeles Times

Maliki offers to arm citizens willing to fight ISIS (VIDEOS) - Al Arabiya News

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s statement in Baghdad - The Washington Post

VIDEO (Arabic): Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Calls for State of Emergency - YouTube

Mosul Siege: Islamic Militants Parade Captured US-Supplied Humvees in Syria? -

VIDEO: Residents flee Mosul after ISIS fighters seize control - YouTube

PHOTOS: Great pics of families fleeing as terrorists overrun Iraq's second city Mosul - Mail Online

VIDEO: A tour after ISIS take the City of Mosul - YouTube

White House calls on Iraq government to 'step up to the plate' over Mosul -

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby makes it clear U.S. unlikely to become directly involved in Iraq’s battle with ISIS, “This is for the Iraqi government to deal with” -

Hundreds killed as ISIS insurgents gain ground against rival Islamists in east Syria - Reuters

New Syrian jihadist body formed to fight ISIS - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds Increasingly Pressured by ISIS - VOA


In a New York Times op-ed former Ambassador Ford urges to arm Syrian opposition, not to engage the regime - THE DAILY STAR

Former Ambassador Robert Ford Op-Ed: Arm Syria’s Opposition -

VIDEO:Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’ - Blogs

Amb. Ford: Give Syrian Insurgents Manpads to Shoot Down Iranian Planes Suppling Arms to the Syrian Army -

19 Reps. led by Peter Welch urge Obama to reject transferring Manpads to Syrian insurgents - Just Foreign Policy

MoveOn Petitions - Congress: Back Welch-Jones-Mulvaney-Conyers Against Syria Manpads -

A State Department official on May 28 denied a newspaper report claiming that the White House had “lifted its veto” on deliveries of Manpads to Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR

U.S. arms could create Syria 'warlords', rebel commander says - Reuters

Syrian Rebels Say American-backed Southern Front Strategy Is Doing Little, Hasn't Hurt Assad Yet -

Al Nusra standoff with FSA shows Al Qaeda rise on Syria’s southern front - The National

Al Qaeda’s rise in southern Syrian pushes moderate rebels to sideline - The National

Transcript: Phil Sands on Syria’s fragmenting southern front - The National

FSA-Nusra Collaboration Has Been Fairly High Functioning On Syria’s Southern Front, But A Rebel Rift Is Brewing - VICE News

One U.S.-Backed Rebel Group Cooperates With Al-Qaeda in Syria - WSJ

The Free Syrian Army Can't Shake Al Qaeda Ties -

SURVEY: Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army? -

Harakat Hazm: America’s new favorite jihadist group - Syria Solidarity Movement

Exclusive interview with Harakat Hazm: we have fought the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and we will fight anyone who threatens the Syrian revolution -

U.S. TOW missiles sent to Syrian rebels as test -

Syria Interview: The Commander Who Received US-Made TOW Anti-Tank Missiles - EA WorldView

VIDEO: Harakat Hazm TOW attack vs SAA tank, Chanting Allāhu Akbar (God is greatest) - YouTube

Report: CIA blocked U.S. group's effort to arm Syrian rebels - World Tribune

Don't ignore Syria's nonviolent movement -

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Ukraine News - June 10, 2014


Poroshenko Points To Need Of Ceasefire In East Ukraine - Ukranian News

VIDEO: Ukraine’s president calls for a ceasefire this week - euronews

Exclusive: Ukraine’s President Seeks ‘Understanding’ With Russia - TIME

Diplomatic messages: Ukraine President Once Agent for U.S. State Department - OpEdNews

‘He has pleased me’: Peace hopes rise in Ukraine as Putin praises new President -

Peace settlement in Ukraine’s east to bear fruit in days: Kremlin - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Putin on Ukraine ceasefire - Telegraph

Putin orders border service to reinforce Ukraine border: agencies - Everest Herald

Russia would react to NATO build-up near borders: minister - Reuters

Donetsk Republic leader on ceasefire: “If all the troops are pulled back, these words could be turned into reality” - ITAR-TASS

Lugansk People's Republic doesn't believe in Poroshenko's promises to cease fire - The Voice of Russia

Avakov to send all Interior Ministry patrol units to eastern Ukraine - Ukrinform

Self-Proclaimed Donetsk Republic Compiles Lists of Prisoners: Donetsk Official - RIA Novosti

Ukraine releases two Russian journalists arrested for ‘spying’ (VIDEO) - RT News


Slovyansk burns as new Ukrainian President Poroshenko yearns for peace -

VIDEOS: E.  Ukraine warzone: Demolished houses, fires after heavy shelling - RT News

VIDEO: Sloviansk: Life has become a nightmare. Locals' story about their life in the city. - YouTube

‘Not safe for our children!’ Mothers with kids flee Kiev crackdown in Lugansk (VIDEOS) - RT News

Human Rights Watch warns Ukraine to decrease use of force - UPI

Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia - Reuters

Russians Yearning to Join Ukraine Battle Find Few Barriers -

Pro-Russian rebels attack Lugansk airport - AFP

Luhansk airport suspends flights: Luhansk People’s Republic - ITAR-TASS

In Donetsk, pro-Russian patrols keep order at night - Yahoo News


Ukraine President Takes on Other Crisis: a Broken Economy - WSJ

Ukraine's separatist regions face bleak economic future - Yahoo Finance UK

Poroshenko is ready to sign immediately economic part of association with EU - ITAR-TASS

EU not ready to adopt Ukraine as its member yet: French FM - The Voice of Russia

FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine - The White House

Son of VP Biden working for Ukraine energy firm as US tries to influence Kiev's policies - Star Tribune

Hillary Clinton advised Barack Obama to take tough line with 'thin-skinned' Vladimir Putin - Telegraph

Ukraine to pay debt to Russia after gas price agreed: Energy Minister - RT Business

Bulgaria Halts Work on Gazprom's South Stream Pipeline - The Moscow Times

EU-Moscow row over South Stream gas pipeline - BBC News

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Egypt News - June 8, 2014

Egypt court sentences 10 Brotherhood supporters to death, The case is one of a series of ongoing mass trials - Reuters

VIDEO: Live footage of the Egypt court sentencing 10 Brotherhood supporters to death - YouTube

ARCHIVE: Egypt’s justice minister defends mass death sentences - Ahram Online

Egypt court cancels jail sentence against policeman linked to the death of 39 protesters - Reuters

VIDEO: Egypt Court Cancels Jail Sentence Against Policeman Linked To 39 Deaths - YouTube

Experts say Egyptian Election Law eliminates the chance of parliamentary opposition to President el-Sisi -

Egypt's opposition threatens boycott of parliamentary elections over draft laws - Ahram Online

Morsi supporters protest against presidential elections, clashes leaving at least one killed - Daily News Egypt

Egypt army shuts Tahrir ahead of Sisi's inauguration - Aswat Masriya

Egypt bans unlicensed preachers, tightens grip on mosques - Reuters

Full text of the letter from Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi to all Egyptians - Ikhwanweb

Lawyers Request Maximum Sentence For Al Jazeera Journalists on Trial in Egypt - VICE News

Security authorities prevent media coverage of Al Jazeera journalists trial - Egypt Independent

Prominent show canceled as Egypt moves to monitor Internet use - Committee to Protect Journalists

Reporters Without Borders beseeches Al-Sisi to ensure freedoms enshrined in constitution - Daily News Egypt

Online activists launch 'SisiMeter' to track new president's record - Al-Monitor


No top Western officials at Sisi’s inauguration - Trend.Az

US aid to Egypt remains in deep-freeze - Middle East Online

Obama administration holding up Apache helicopters to Egypt - Al-Monitor

President al Sisi Expected To Restructure Egypt's Foreign Policy, leaning more towards the East and counting on Gulf States - Live Trading News

Saudi shouts support for Egypt's new anti-Islamist leader - Reuters

A U.S. Strategy Toward Egypt Under Sisi - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

VIDEO: Toward the Sisi Era: A New Page in U.S.-Egypt Relations? Three experts offer recommendations for the future direction of U.S. policy and aid dollars - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Egypt After the Election: Advancing the Strategic Relationship - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Report: U.S. risks losing Suez access with suspension of Egypt aid - World Tribune

Clinton details differences with Obama on settlements, Egypt - The Times of Israel

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Libya News - June 6, 2014

Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal - VOA

VIDEO: Libyan Prime Minister may be forced to step down after election declared ‘illegitimate’ - euronews

Libyan outgoing premier visits Benghazi, "We came to Benghazi to support the city's residents, special forces and security forces" - Reuters

Libya's intel chief resigns, news portal says he was frustrated with parliament's insistence on appointing a new prime minister - AP

Libya’s Haftar after assassination bid: ‘I am well...There will be a strong response’ - Al Arabiya News

Haftar: some Libyan officials support al-Qaeda - Al Arabiya News

Interview with Haftar - Al-Monitor

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urges Libyans to fight rogue general - GlobalPost

Red Cross Suspends Libya Operation After Murder - VOA

Four UN staffers 'roughed up' at Libya airport: boss - THE DAILY STAR

Freed Gitmo detainee becomes al-Qaida Libyan commander -

VIDEO: Promotional Video of Batalion Ansar Al Sharia From Benghazi  - YouTube

REPORT: Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold - IISS


Libyan Turmoil Threatens Tunisian Security, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs "extremely worried” - Tunisia Live

Interview with Tunisia foreign minister - Al-Monitor

Tunisia captures Al Qaida operatives near Libyan border - World Tribune

REPORT: Tunisian Jihadists Establishing New Networks with Libyan Islamists - The Jamestown Foundation

VIDEO: Tunisia alarmed over armed conflict in neighboring Libya - YouTube

Maghreb countries wary of returning Syria jihadists - Al-Shorfa

Algeria: Arab Spring Has Boosted Terror Groups - ABC News

Algeria deploys 5,000 troops to the Libyan border - Middle East Eye

Gang of smugglers kills six Egypt guards on Libya border, "This attack comes after border guards successfully arrested 68 traffickers and seized a large quantity of weapons" - Yahoo News

Jihadist Groups' Threat To U.S. Grows, RAND Report Says - WSJ

RAND Analyst Seth Jones: The Accelerating Spread of Terrorism - WSJ

Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism - RAND

REPORT: A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists - RAND

CHART: The number of Salafi-jihadist groups has grown 58% since 2010 - Twitter / RANDCorporation

CHART: AlQaeda-related attacks are on the rise. 99% of the attacks are against local, non-Western targets - Twitter / RANDCorporation

CHART: These Are The Countries Where Terrorists Pose The Greatest Threat To The US - RAND

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Ukraine News - June 4, 2014

Obama announces $1 billion program to boost military presence in Eastern Europe - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Barack Obama earmarks1 billion dollars to boost US military presence in Europe - Telegraph

U.S. presses NATO allies to raise defence spending after Ukraine - Reuters

More US base consolidations on the way in Europe - Stripes

U.S. reaffirms: No weapons will go to Ukraine - usatoday

US To Send Advisers To Assess Ukraine's Defense Reform Needs -

NATO to bolster defence in eastern Europe - Al Jazeera English

NATO To Finalize a package to reform and modernize Ukraine's armed forces -

Ukraine receives only non-lethal weapons from NATO countries: defense minister - ITAR-TASS

Another NATO Vessel to Enter Black Sea Next Week – Military Source - RIA Novosti

Russia to reorganise troops to counter NATO activities - zeenews

Moscow slams Ukraine military attacks coinciding with top US defense official visit to Kiev - RT News

POLL: Putin Forever? Russian President's Ratings Skyrocket Over Ukraine -

POLL: International Relations scholars oppose military assistance in Ukraine, military aid to Egypt - William & Mary

EU asks Bulgaria to stop work on Gazprom's South Stream pipeline - Reuters

South Stream Dragged into Russia-Ukraine Gas Spat as Rhetoric Spikes - The Moscow Times

Gazprom ready to complete South Stream without international finance - RT Business

Naftogaz, Gazprom discussing gas price at $350-380 for April 2014 through June 2015 -

POLL: Less than half of Ukrainians support economic aid from the West - Pew Research Center


Ukrainian forces in fierce clash with pro-Russian separatists in rebel-held city Slavyansk- The Washington Post

Ukrainian soldier killed in offensive against pro-Russian rebels in Slavyansk -

Turchinov orders to look at imposing martial law in Donetsk, Lugansk regions - ITAR-TASS

Slavyansk separatists claim to have shot down Ukraine army plane, one helicopter and several tanks - The Voice of Russia

181 people killed, 293 injured in Kiev military op in eastern Ukraine: Prosecutor General - RT News

OSCE relocates observers from Donetsk and Luhansk regions for security reasons - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Dispatch from Donetsk: Ukrainian nationals, pro-Moscow rebels battle in flashpoint city Slavyansk - Fox News

VIDEO: Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed - YouTube

VIDEO: Death and despair in Slavyansk after Ukraine army shelling - YouTube

VIDEO: Slavyansk women & children shelter in basements from Kiev military op - YouTube

VIDEO: Kids evacuated from Slavyansk, E.Ukraine to escape Kiev's shelling - YouTube

Ukraine army shells hit an hospital in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT

VIDEO: Moment when a MANPAD hit a ukrainian helicopter in Slavyansk -


OSCE Confirms: Luhansk Deaths Caused by Airstrikes -

VIDEO: OSCE confirms fatal attack on Lugansk admin building was air raid - YouTube

Ukraine opposition calls for international probe in fatal Luhansk air strikes -

Confirmed: Ukrainian air force fired over 150 missiles at Lugansk, bombed admin HQ (VIDEO) - RT News

Kiev’s Lugansk botched air strike fuels the rebellion in east Ukraine - The Times

A Guide To The Separatist Leaders Of Eastern Ukraine -

Interview with Alexander Borodai, the self-declared prime minister of eastern Ukraine’s secessionist Donetsk People’s Republic -

Ukrainian Protesters Won't Leave Kiev's Maidan Despite New Government, It Is Still Occupied and It's Become a Darker, More Dangerous Place Lately - New Republic

9 People Arrested in Connection With Shooting Of Kharkiv's Jewish Mayor Kernes - JP Updates

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Ukraine News - June 3, 2014

Separatists Storm Border Post in Eastern Ukraine -

Negotiations between militia and Ukraine border post command come to deadlock - ITAR-TASS

Russia-Ukraine border checkpoints become a new frontline in the battle to wrest control of the country's east - GlobalPost

Guns and fighters seep through Ukraine's porous Russian border -

At Ukraine’s Perilous Border, Law Is Dispensed by Men in Masks -

VIDEO: Five dead in assault on border command centre in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine - euronews

VIDEO: Ukraine border guards camp attacked in Luhansk - BBC

VIDEO: Lugansk: Separatists Storms Ukraine Border Post - YouTube

VIDEO: Raw video of pro-autonomy militia in Lugansk border base battle - YouTube


Atleast five killed in admin HQ blast as fighter jets deployed to Lugansk, Ukraine (VIDEOS) - RT News

VIDEO: Ukrainian Su-25 bombing civilians by unguided rockets in Lugansk -

VIDEO: CCTV Captures SU-25 Rocket Attack in Central Lugansk -

VIDEO: Luhansk - Casualties after the airstrike (6 videos) -

Pro-Russia Troops Take Symbol of Ukraine Uprising, Vostok Battalion evicts the ragtag band of locals who had occupied the Donetsk regional administration building -

More foreign fighters break cover among Ukraine separatists, Battalion Vostok - or the East Battalion - is a heavily armed, well-organized fighting group - Reuters

Vostok Battalion, A Powerful New Player In Eastern Ukraine -

VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion taking control of anti-Ukraine Donbas insurgency - YouTube

VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion, a Kremlin-backed faction in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, has ousted local Ukrainian separatists from the regional administration building - YouTube

VIDEO: Vostok Battalion detain looters in Donetsk - YouTube


Russia Calls UN Meeting to Seek Ukraine Cease-Fire - ABC News

West criticizes Russian draft resolution on Ukraine - Yahoo News

U.S. Reiterates $18 Million Aid to Ukraine After 400-Man Border Attack - Hit & Run -

Russia, NATO trade accusations over Ukraine crisis - Reuters

NATO Ministers To Review Response to Ukraine Crisis -

Secretary General sets out NATO’s position on Russia-Ukraine crisis - NATO

Russia to take necessary measures if NATO military potential comes closer to its borders - envoy - The Voice of Russia

UOSCE Ukraine monitors lose contact with second team - CBC News


Russia's Gazprom Gets Paid By Ukraine - Forbes

Russia satisfied with first gas payment from Ukraine — energy minister - ITAR-TASS

Russia’s Gazprom ready to reduce gas price for Ukraine not only through lower export duty - ITAR-TASS

Russia Gives Ukraine More Time to Pay for Natural Gas -

Ukraine indefinitely delays signing Association Agreement with EU - MINA

Ukraine’s GDP to drop by 5% in 2014 – Fitch - RT Business

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Libya News - May 30, 2014

Rogue Libyan General Resumes Airstrikes Near Benghazi Against Islamist Militants (VIDEO) - VOA

Libya standoff emerges as premier refuses to yield to successor - Reuters

Rival cabinets meet in Libya political chaos, polls to be held June 25 as planned - Yahoo News

Analysis: GNC,-Maetig-versus-Haftar - Al-Ahram Weekly

Current alignment of Libyan militias in response to Haftar - TRAC

Pro-Islamist militia attack Libya interior ministry unit as chaos deepens -

Head of the militants controlling oil ports: We will not recognise the government of Meitik - middleeastmonitor

Thousands across Libya march in support of a renegade general’s campaign against Islamist militias - The Washington Post

Libya's Haftar hails electoral win by Egypt's Sisi - Anadolu Agency

Statement (English): Declaration by the Conference of Tribes of Libya -

VIDEO (Arabic): Al-Azizia conference of Libyan tribes and cities releases 15 points road map for Future Libya -

Oil Outages Cost Libya $17.8 Billion, Rebels seeking more regional autonomy have kept the majority of oil exports shut in Eastern Libya -

Libya Disorder Dealing Harmful Blow to Oil and Gas Exploration -


Obama’s $5 Billion Counterterrorism Fund Already in Trouble in Congress - The Daily Beast

Terror’s Front: Obama says local groups pose “the most direct threat” to the United States and its interests, especially abroad  -

French, American and Algerian special forces sent to the south of Libya to attack terrorist networks - The Times

Africa: Laboratory and Battleground for Pentagon's 21st Century Warfare - RIA Novosti

Pentagon to use drones to speed response times in sensitive hot spots like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - Washington Times

Libya, Mali chaos alarms neighbours, Experts and military officers from eight African countries wrap up a five-day conference in Algiers focused on Sahel-Saharan security - Magharebia

AU to cooperate with Arab League to resolve Libyan crisis - 4-Traders

Egypt's FM dicusses Libyan and Syrian crises with Algerian PM - Ahram Online

Statement: Fahmy Calls the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League to discuss the latest developments in Libya - Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Crisis alert level 3 raised in Libya urging Filipinos to leave -

10 Chadians killed in southern Libya - GlobalPost

Islamist Gunmen in West Tunisia Attack Interior Minister’s Home, Killing 4 Guards -

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Ukraine News - May 29, 2014

VIDEO: The battle for Donetsk airport: Ukrainian separatists suffer heavy losses - euronews

VIDEO: Donetsk morgue overflowing after Ukrainian military offensive - RT

VIDEO: A truck carrying corpses to the Donetsk morgue - YouTube

VIDEO: Separatists in Donetsk refuse to concede - euronews

VIDEO: Pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk fear government troops will launch attack on city, prepare for assault - euronews

Miners rally in favour of separatists in eastern Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO: Donetsk miners call on Ukranian ‘occupiers’ to leave region - euronews

Luhansk Rebels Send Reinforcements to Donetsk - The Moscow Times

Ukraine forces suffer new losses in a rebel raid on their barracks in the flashpoint Lugansk region - Sky News

80 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to self-defense forces in Lugansk - RT News

Lugansk Republic institutes commission for compensating damage to victims of operation - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's Lugansk plans to hold parliamentary elections in Sept. - GlobalPost

In east Ukraine, arms maker walks fine line between Kiev and Moscow - The Globe and Mail

Ukraine crisis: who commited murder at the Maidan? Parliamentary Commission in Kiev rejects claims that Yanukovych police unit was to blame for killings that led to change of power - Telegraph

After the Ukrainian Elections, a Look at Far-Right Political Movements - The Blue Review

Right Sector militants ask Kiev to arm them with heavy weapons - The Voice of Russia


Obama signals reset in US foreign policy, urges against 'military adventures' - Fox News

VIDEO: President Obama Speaks to West Point Graduates - The White House

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point -

Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op: UN envoy - RT News

Ukraine PM calls on Russia to block guerrillas crossing the Russian border into Ukraine" - Reuters

Chechen fighters among ranks of rebel militants in Ukraine, self-appointed mayor says - Fox News

VIDEO: Battalion Vostok convoy moves in Donetsk, said to include fighters from the northern Caucasus - YouTube

VIDEO: Russian Mercenaries in Donetsk: Chechen leader Kadyrov denies sending troops to Ukraine - YouTube

Kiev adopts draft agreement on Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade of armed forces - ITAR-TASS

Ischinger mulls OSCE Ukraine pullout, Poroshenko sees 'state of war' - DW.DE

Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine will owe $5.2 billion as of June 7 -

Russia may grant gas price discount to Ukraine, but contract revision not on agenda - ITAR-TASS

EU to help Ukraine find $10 bln to pay Russia for gas: newspaper - The Voice of Russia

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Libya News - May 28, 2014

New Libya PM's home attacked as unrest over his rule grows - AFP

Renegade former Libyan general says PM must go, vote must wait - AFP

Libyan Journalist Outspoken Critic of Islamists Shot Dead In Benghazi - AP

Prominent journalist Abu Zeid killed in Libya - Committee to Protect Journalists

Libya: Investigate Killing of Benghazi Editor Abu Zeid - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Hndreds of journalists and activists demonstrated on Monday in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli protesting Abu Zeid's murder - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Abu Zeid TV appearance on Sunday on which he discussed his recent meeting with Gen. Hifter and the threat of civil war - YouTube

Libya: Police officer guarding diplomats killed in Tripoli -

Libya: Ansar Asharia calls for institution of Sharia law in Libya -

Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government - Reuters

Libya Oil Disruption Worsens Amid Anti-Government Protest - Bloomberg

Libyan Oil May Suffer More Disruption, General Says - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Libyans express little optimism with new PM - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Libya, where militias reign - France 24


State Dept. Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya Immediately - NPR

US deploys warship off Libya with about 1000 marines in case the US embassy has to be evacuated - Sky News

Libyan Islamists to U.S.: Don't interfere or face worse than Iraq - Reuters

U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations -

Report: Libya Militia Stole US Weapons in Raid - AFP

Sisi says Egypt will not allow threats to security from Libya - Reuters

Once a U.S. asset, Gen. Hafter recruited Libya’s entire military command with Egypt’s backing - SHOAH

In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star - Reuters

Algeria 'not ready' to coordinate with Libya's Haftar - Worldbulletin News

Tunisian officials divided over Libya crisis - Al-Monitor

Tunisia economy set to suffer blow from Libya violence - Al-Monitor

Maghreb ministers arrange 'urgent' talks on Libya - Magharebia

Failed security cooperation leads to border problems in Sahel - Al-Monitor

The terrorist threat to energy infrastructure in North Africa -


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Ukraine News - May 27, 2014

VIDEO: Newly Elected Ukraine President Poroshenko Claims Victory, Wants to Visit East - AP

VIDEO: Top priority is peace, says Ukraine’s Poroshenko -

Kremlin Says Russia Respects Poroshenko's Election - The Moscow Times

Poroshenko, Lavrov call for Russia-Ukraine talks to end crisis - Los Angeles Times

Poroshenko Plans to Visit Russia in June to Discuss Ukrainian Crisis - RIA Novosti

Yatsenyuk to Retain His Post as Prime Minister: Ukraine’s Poroshenko - RIA Novosti

Ukraine's Poroshenko to sell all his business in order to become President - The Voice of Russia

Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic to cooperate with Poroshenko only with Russia’s mediation - ITAR-TASS

In East, Separatists and Fear Stop Voters -

VIDEO: Russian separatists disrupt presidential vote in Ukraine’s eastern regions - euronews

20% of polling stations open in Donetsk, Luhansk regions: observers - ITAR-TASS

Report: Kharkiv Jewish Mayor Kernes Casts Vote For Ukrainian President From Hospital Bed - JP Updates


Ukraine launches air strike against rebels who seized Donetsk airport - Telegraph

VIDEO: Battle to control Donetsk airport - BBC

VIDEO: Jet attack on Donetsk Airport area - YouTube

Leader of the DNR: self-defence units bring down 2 helicopters of Ukraine’s Armed Forces - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian army grenade hits truck carrying wounded in Donetsk: reports - RT News

Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - RT News

Italian Andrea Rocchelli becomes first journalist killed in eastern Ukraine conflict - GlobalPost

'Torn to pieces': Ghastly details emerge of Italian reporter and his Russian interpreter’s killing in E. Ukraine - RT News

Donetsk People’s Republic switching over to Russian laws - ITAR-TASS

Lugansk republic leader bans sale of corporate rights - The Voice of Russia


Tentative deal in Ukraine-Russia gas dispute, EU says - Fox News

Kiev negotiators agree to pay $2 billion to Gazprom to cover part of gas debt - RT Business

Kiev Calls on Naftogaz to Hire Top Lawyers for Gas Row With Gazprom - RIA Novosti

Avoiding Ukraine Pipelines Would Hurt Gazprom: Chart of the Day - Bloomberg

Gazprom Faces $800 Million in Taxes as Ukraine Rejects Gas Price - Bloomberg

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Ukraine News - May 25, 2014

At least a dozen people reportedly killed in Eastern Ukraine as fighting flared between separatists and nationalist paramilitary groups - VICE

Leader of the nationalist Donbass Battalion reports the ongoing conflict near Karlivka - Ukraine Investigation

Donbass Battalion: Ukrainian Civilian Militias Face Pro-Russian Foes (VIDEO)-

Kiev lets loose Men in Black nationalist paramilitary forces - The Sunday Times

Ukraine's Azov Battalion 'Ready To Take On Separatists' (VIDEO) - Sky News

Kiev pins hopes on Dnipropetrovsk oligarch in battle against separatists, nationalist fighters co-funded and organized by Kolomoisky - Reuters

Dnipropetrovsk defies East Ukraine stereotypes; It has become a hub of anti-separatist groups -

Ultra-nationalists united: Football fans rally for Ukraine's sake - BBC News

In Ukraine, women militants are taking up weapons on both sides of the barricades -

Ukraine crisis: Polling booths deserted in east of the country - The Independent

Polling stations sit next to rebel barricades in Ukraine's Mariupol - Yahoo News

Donetsk, Lugansk republics unite in “Novorossiya” state - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Ukrainian Volunteer Donbass Battalion Lost Many In A Fight By Karlivka, Eastern Ukraine - YouTube

VIDEO: Pro-Russia Separatist Vostok Battalion After Gunfight In Karlivka - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine: Bodies lie among charred buildings in Karlivka -

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Full interview of Right Sector leader - YouTube


Russia says to complete troop pullback from Ukraine border 'within days' - Reuters

Putin Indicates He’ll Respect Result of Ukrainian Election -

VIDEO: Russia will respect Ukraine vote results: Putin - AP

Putin: I don’t think new Cold War will start, no one wants it - RT News

Putin: I’m concerned Ukraine radicals can disrupt gas transit - RT Business

Ruble Rises After Putin's Statement About Respect for Ukrainian People's Choice - RIA Novosti

Ukraine Crisis Drives a Quiet Lobbying Boom in U.S. - Bloomberg

Ukraine is a Prize Neither Russia Nor the West Can Afford to Win - Brookings Institution

REPORT (Full): Beyond the Sanctions: Russia, the West, and Ukraine - Brookings Institution

Ukraine media freedom under attack: OSCE - Yahoo News

REPORT (Full) : Media Freedom under siege in Ukraine - OSCE


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Ukraine News - May 23, 2014

Donetsk sees deadliest assault on Ukrainian troops, It is unclear who attacked the checkpoint - BBC News

VIDEO: Live footage of the attack on Ukraine Army checkpoint in Donetsk - YouTube

VIDEO: Aftermath of Donetsk attack: dead bodies on the ground - YouTube

Martial law introduced in self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Head of Luhansk Republic Bolotov: Declaration of martial law - YouTube

Lugansk People’s Republic ready for talks with Kiev if punitive operation stopped - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine crisis: Both sides shy away from call to arms -

Donetsk people’s republic authorities ask Russia to recognise republican independence - ITAR-TASS

People's Republic of Donetsk Defended By Grannies - New Republic

Solidarity Eludes Ukraine Separatist Groups as Presidential Election Nears -

Ukraine partisans battling separatists raise concerns -

Militia 'Arms Race' Threatens Deadly Escalation in Ukraine Conflict -

VIDEO: Meeting the Donbass Battalion, pro-Ukraine militia - Vice

Ukraine's front-runner presidential candidate Poroshenko: realist ready for compromise - Fox News

Profile of Petro Poroshenko in the Run Up to the Ukraine Elections - SPIEGEL ONLINE

New Ukrainian president should dissolve parliament: presidential candidate Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS


Russia moves some troops away from Ukraine; NATO says big force remains - Reuters

Putin says troops withdraw to help Ukraine vote - Boston Herald

US Congress recognizes that neo-Nazis were present on Maidan - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Congressional Hearings: Nuland Grilled on Neo-Nazis in Ukraine & Money U.S. is Spending - YouTube

Moscow Concerned About Lack of OSCE Response on Odessa Tragedy Inquiry - RIA Novosti

Moscow Says Kiev Breaking Law by Refusing Visits to Detained Russian Journalists - RIA Novosti

Human Rights Watch calls for immediate release of Russian LifeNews journalists - The Voice of Russia

Russia, China Ink Historic Gas Supply Deal, The price could be estimated at around $350 per 1,000 cubic meters - RIA Novosti

Russian Response: China Gas Deal Offers Leverage vs. West, Ukraine - TheStreet

Gazprom to receive $25 billion prepayment for gas supplies to China - ITAR-TASS

Russia-China gas deal may influence U.S. strategy on Ukraine - PBS

Energy Prices are Big Part of Ukraine Crisis - VOA

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Libya News - May 22, 2014

Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general Haftar grows - The Washington Post

Libya's rogue general Haftar gains stream of new allies - Yahoo News

Military Intelligence and Police Join Libyan Rebel General - Matthew Aid

Two Former Libya PMs Jibril and Zeidan back ex-general’s call to dissolve parliament -

Oil Rebels Back Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar -

Haftar: I want to cleanse Libya of Muslim Brotherhood, radicals - Ya Libnan

A Q&A with Khalifa Hafter, the mastermind behind Libya’s new revolt - The Washington Post

Libya to vote next month amid rising unrest - Yahoo News

Libya parliament moves to luxury hotel after militia attack - defenceWeb

Muslim Brotherhood Chief Urges Libya Dialogue -

Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: Haftar is trying to repeat the Egyptian scenario - middleeastmonitor

Libya Muslim Brotherhood Statement on General Haftar's Desperate Coup Attempt - Ikhwanweb

Libya jihadists vow to defend Benghazi bastion - Cairo Post

Gunmen kill Chinese engineer in Libya's Benghazi: source - Yahoo News

Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the fate of the country’s journalists - Reporters Without Borders

International War Crimes Court Wants Gadhafi Son for Trial, Rejects a final bid by Tripoli's lawyers to try him in the country - ABC News

Libya: Final ICC Ruling on Gaddafi - Human Rights Watch

Libya must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the ICC - Amnesty International

VIDEO ARCHIVE (Arabic): Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Head of the National Transitional Council, Admits Ghadafi Did not Kill Protesters - YouTube


US Weighs Options in Libya - VOA

State Department: US committed to assist elections in Libya, working with all parties to encourage dialogue and to avoid further violence - KUNA

US ambassador Deborah Jones says Libyan general Haftar is going after 'terrorists' - Al-Monitor

VIDEO (Full Interview): Ambassador Deborah Jones talks about violence in Libya, and the political transition since the fall of Gaddafi -

VIDEO: Pentagon: "Prudent Measure" as Libya Unrest Grows - YouTube

After Benghazi, Specialized Crisis Response Teams Are Now the 'New Normal' -

Effort to train Libyan troops 'still in the planning phase’: U.S. Africa Command - Marine Corps Times

Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt agree to deny Jihadists entry into Libya - Euro Asia News

Tunisia arrests eight "terrorism" suspects from Libya - GlobalPost

Tunisia in the Libyan tempest - Al Akhbar English

Newspaper: Egypt establishing training camps for Libyan rebels - middleeastmonitor

Gunmen attack United Arab Emirates Embassy in Libyan capital - middleeastmonitor

Oil Companies Pull Some Staff From Libya on Security Concerns -

Libya: Enough reserves for 4 years: Central Bank - The North Africa Post


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Ukraine News - May 21, 2014

Ukrainian oligarch backs Kiev rule, urging factory workers to daily strikes - The Guardian

Ukrainian tycoon’s calls for rallies against separatists go largely unheeded - The Washington Post

Donetsk workers fail to answer call to rally against separatists -

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Richest Man Calls Strike Against Separatists-

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Full statement of Ukrainian tycoon calling for rallies against separatists - YouTube

VIDEO: Donetsk Anti-Separatist Protest: Donbas drivers honk their horns in support of Ukrainian unity - YouTube 

Who Holds East Ukraine’s Port of Mariupol? No One Really, Reports of Routed Protesters Greatly Exaggerated -

Donetsk People's Republic says wants to nationalize businesses - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Interview with Donetsk People's Republic head Denis Pushilin on nationalization of assets of some tycoons - YouTube

Talks suspended with dissenting tycoon: leaders of self-porclaimed Donetsk People's Republic - ITAR-TASS

Federalists Take Over 11 Election Commissions in Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk Regions - RIA Novosti

Election officials at sharp end in separatist Ukraine city - Reuters

Ukrainian parliament adopts Memorandum of Peace and Accord, confirming ”the constitutional status of Ukrainian as a state language” but pledging to ensure the rights of minority languages - APA

Ukrainian official confirms poisoning deaths in Odessa, victims may have died from chloroform vapors - ITAR-TASS

Russia calls on U.N., OSCE for impartial probe of Ukraine deaths in Odessa - Yahoo News

Ukrainian administration ignores OSCE appeals to release Russian LifeNews journalists - ITAR-TASS

Kiev authorities freeze pension payment in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk - The Voice of Russia

Ukraine’s newly-proclaimed republics seek unification - ITAR-TASS

Self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic elects a Russian as head, passes constitution - RT News

Breakaway Lugansk Republic appoints topless woman minister -

PHOTOS: Topless photoshoot of woman apponted Minister of the Republic of Luhansk (27 photos) -

VIDEO: Slovyansk residents caught in the crossfire - The Washington Post

Is Separatist Colonel Strelkov the Kremlin’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Gone Out of Bounds? - The Interpreter


Russia defense minister orders troops away from Ukraine border:report - Yahoo News

Ukraine says Russian troops move back from border, none of 40,000 Russian soldiers are stationed within 6 miles of the country - Yahoo!7

Pentagon: No sign of Russian troop pullback - The Sun Herald

Front-Runner in Ukraine Election May Be Shifting Putin’s Stance -

Russia Could Be Sending Chechen Militants To Ukraine - Business Insider

Chechens: The Secret Players In The Russia-Ukraine Game - NPR

Ukraine Rejects Russian Demand to Prepay for Gas Imports - WSJ

Russia believes it is impossible to return to $268 gas price in negotiations with Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Russia Poured $200Bln Into Ukrainian Economy Over 20 Years: Russian Minister - RIA Novosti

Hungary accelerates gas delivery to Ukraine - GlobalPost

Slovakia prepares pipeline for reverse supply to Ukraine -


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Libya News - May 20, 2014

Rival militias prepare for showdown in Tripoli after takeover of parliament - The Washington Post

Libya crisis deepens as renegade former general gains control of airbase - The Guardian

Libyan special forces commander says his forces join renegade general - Reuters

Al Qaeda-inspired group vows to fight general who attacked Libya's parliament - Fox News

Outgoing Libyan gov't demands parliament halt work, nullify election of PM -

Khalifa Hiftar: career soldier leading Libyan rebellion - The Guardian

Coup leader? CIA asset? Mystery surrounds Libya’s rogue General Hiftar - France 24

VIDEO: Gunmen storm Libya parliament - YouTube

VIDEO: Renegade Libyan General Says Parliament Suspended - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Full Statement of Ex Libyan General on TV: "Parliament Suspended" - YouTube

VIDEO: Libya army orders Islamist-led militias to capital - Yahoo News


Senior U.S. Diplomat Sent to Libya Amid Political Turmoil - ABC News

Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says -

VIDEO: US Marines Evacuation in Libya - CNN

US crisis response Marines moved last week from Spain to southern Italy in response to new security concerns in northern Africa - Stripes

Report: US and Abu Dhabi aiding Gen. Haftar’s bid to stabilize Libyan rule by ousting Islamists - DEBKAfile

Security concerns delay NATO assistance to Libya - Stripes

Algeria's Sonatrach recalls workers from Libya, land border closed: sources - Reuters

Algeria closed Libya embassy over 'real and imminent threat’last Friday - Al Arabiya News

Report: Algeria considered military intervention in Libya to deter jihadist groups - middleeastmonitor

Tunisia to send 5,000 extra troops to Libyan border because of Libya crisis - Lybia Herald

Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Libya due to security concerns - Reuters

Turkey shuts Benghazi consulate due to security threat - hurriyetdailynews

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Ukraine News - May 18, 2014

Ukraine round table: Yatsenyuk in favor of financial autonomy to the East but against federalism, rules out negotiations with 'terrorists' - DW.DE

At Ukraine Peace Talks, Eastern Leaders Assail Central Government - VOA

Ukraine needs federalization; decentralization not enough: Luhansk Regional Council head -

VIDEO: OSCE, Ukrainian officials meet in Kharkiv - CCTV News

VIDEO (Ukrainian): OSCE Talks in Kharkiv - YouTube

VIDEO: East Ukraine Separatists Branded 'Terrorists' - YouTube

As long as territories of Donetsk People's Republic occupied, no dialogue with Kiev possible: separatist - The Voice of Russia

One month on, Ukraine military fails to rout rebels - AFP

Ukraine's election body warns it may be impossible to hold next week's presidential election in the east with almost two million voters - AFP

"South-East Army" urges Kiev's security forces to leave territory of Lugansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia

Donetsk volunteer guards take control of regional headquarters of National Guards - ITAR-TASS

Separatists recapture their leader on the eve of peace talks in Ukraine - Yahoo News

Lugansk People's Republic to adopt own constitution: spokesperson - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Donetsk unveils constitution, "new gov't" elected - CCTV News

Donetsk People’s Republic prepares draft for acceding Russia - ITAR-TASS

Mysterious Russian Mr Fixit heads Ukraine rebel state, Borodai has been appointed prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine -

Meet Ukrainian Separatists' Shock Troops: the Russian Orthodox Army,  The army’s undisputed commander is Igor Girkin aka “Strelkov” - NBC

Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels, in Donetsk region "Colonel Igor Strelkov" assumed command of all rebel forces there - Reuters

Who's Funding East Ukraine Separatists? - Institute for War and Peace Reporting

2 Ukraine oligarchs speak up for unity, against pro-Russia faction - Los Angeles Times

VIDEO: Steelworkers patrol in Mariupol at the behest of Metinvest magnate Rinat Akhmetov - YouTube

Ukraine civil war fears mount as volunteer units take up arms, offering support to regular units of the Ukrainian army in their fight against armed separatists in the region -

Gunmen attempt to enter Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant, In video footage allegedly showing the attempted break-in the men say they are members of the Right Sector group (VIDEO) - RT News

’Ukrainian helicopter with UN symbols in Slovyansk turned out to be from peacekeeping operation two years ago in Congo’ -


UN warns of alarming deterioration in human rights in east Ukraine (VIDEO) - DW.DE

Press Release: UN report documents “alarming” deterioration in human rights in eastern Ukraine - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

REPORT (Full): Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, May 15 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

UN Ukraine report shows double standards whitewashing Kiev's actions, ignoring violent nationalism and Odessa massacre: Russia - RT News

127 Killed in Kiev’s Special Op in Southeast Ukraine: UN Official - RIA Novosti

Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France: Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues its provocative and destabilizing behavior - The White House

Government of Ukraine Issues U.S. $1 Billion Bond with U.S. Guarantee - The FINANCIAL

U.S. Waited Months to Send Ukraine Spare Tires - The Daily Beast

Senators push to cut off Pentagon contracts with Russia amid Ukraine crisis - Fox News

Russia Can’t Be Trusted Over Ukraine, NATO Chief Says - Bloomberg

Poroshenko opposes a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in NATO - The Voice of Russia

Moscow to consider Kiev's proposal on joint efforts on stabilizing situation at border: deputy FM - The Voice of Russia

POLL: Putin’s rating reaches maximum in past six years - ITAR-TASS

Full text: Putin’s second letter to EU about Ukraine's gas payment - PRAGUE POST

Russia Offers Negotiations on Ukraine Gas Price in Return For $2.2Bln Debt Payment - The Moscow Times

Gazprom: Russia-China Gas Deal Imminent - VOA

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Turkey News - May 16, 2014


Turkey swept by protests as anger grows over fatal mine explosion -

Mass funerals for the dead of the Turkey mining disaster (BEST PHOTOS) -

VIDEO: Thousands clash with police at mine protest in Istanbul Part 1 - YouTube

VIDEO: Violent Clashes in Istanbul Over Mining Disaster Part 2 -

VIDEO: Mining company's Istanbul office hit by rage over Soma disaster - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkey mine disaster: protests in Ankara Part 1 - YouTube

VIDEO: Turkey mine disaster: protests in Ankara Part 2 - YouTube

VIDEO: Police using water cannons on mine disaster protest in Soma, Turkey - YouTube

VIDEO: Anger over Turkey mine disaster prompts union strike - DW.DE

Images of Turkish PM Aide Kicking Protester Fuel Anger Online -

PHOTOS: Fury as Turkish PM's Aide Kicks Soma Mine Protester - NBC

VIDEO: Caught on cam: Turkish PM adviser kicks mine tragedy mourner - YouTube

VIDEO: Erdogan jeered, heckled, his car attacked as he visits scene of mine collapse Part 1- RT

VIDEO: Erdogan booed during Soma visit Part 2 - YouTube


AKP government under fire over coal mine tragedy - Al-Monitor

AK Party gov't should be blamed for blatant, fatal negligence in Soma: Observers - Today's Zaman

AK Party rejected CHP proposal on mine safety weeks before Soma blast - CİHAN

VIDEO: Government refused to examine mine safety according to opposition - BBC News

Turkish PM cites 19th-century Britain to prove mine accidents are ‘typical’, says the Soma mine "one of the safest in Turkey" - hurriyetdailynews

Mine disaster casts spotlight on Turkey's industry regulation - Today's Zaman

Lack of proper inspection blamed in Soma mine disaster - Today's Zaman

Why does Turkey rank first in labor accidents in Europe, CHP leader asks PM - hurriyetdailynews

What makes mining in Turkey so dangerous? - Today's Zaman

Miners say safety declined after Turkey privatized Soma mine -

Soma Holding praised lucrative cost reductions in previous interview -

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Ukraine News - May 15, 2014


Ukraine Begins Peace Talks _ Without Separatists Who Weren't Invited - NPR

VIDEO: Ukraine Launches Talks But Its Foes Are Missing - YouTube

PM Yatsenyuk calls for constitutional amendments and decentralization of power in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Next roundtable on national unity due in Donetsk on May 17 - The Voice of Russia

US commends Ukraine for roundtables, understands the unwillingness to invite separatists 'who literally have blood on their hands' - KUNA

Ukraine on brink of civil war: Lavrov - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO (Full Interview): Ukraine `as Close to Civil War' as Possible: Lavrov - Bloomberg

Dragging Ukraine into NATO negative for European security, It would be a critical threat to Russia’s national security: Lavrov - RT News

Russia Can Do Business With Elected Ukraine Leader, Lavrov Says - Bloomberg

Donetsk gunmen in Ukraine seize election office, declaring that the country’s May 25 parliamentary and presidential vote will not be held there - The Globe and Mail

Donetsk People’s Republic starts forming its own army - ITAR-TASS

Almost all policemen in Ukraine’s Donetsk come down to side of pro-federation activists - ITAR-TASS

Donetsk separatists capture army commander in Ukraine - London Evening Standard

Self-defense units in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk confirm to have killed 8 Ukrainian gov't troops, destroyed several armored vehicles - The Voice of Russia

UN-marked strike helicopter ‘used by Kiev against militia’ sparks scandal - RT News

Crimea Ready to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk Regions - RIA Novosti

Billionaire Akhmetov's empire on frontline in Ukraine crisis - Yahoo News

Akhmetov Considers It Necessary To Amend Constitution, Decentralize Power In Eastern Ukraine But Is Against Independence - Ukranian News

Ukrainian oligarch Akhmetov calls for suspension of Kiev terror operations in East Ukraine, uses resources to set up citizens' brigades -

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Akhmetov: Successful Donbas in unified Ukraine -


Ukraine Crisis Hits Economies in Region, EBRD Says -

EBRD warns on deeper recession threat facing Ukraine and Russia could follow - GlobalPost

EBRD: Russian Recession Could Damage Global Economy - The Moscow Times

Press Release: Russia-Ukraine crisis threatens recovery in EBRD region - EBRD

REPORT (Full): The Ukraine/Russia crisis weighs on transition region's growth - EBRD

What Ukraine’s economy looks like without its Russian-speaking regions - Quartz

Russia says open to talks if Ukraine pays off some gas debt, revised gas price is possible - Reuters

Ukraine to use EU and IMF money to pay for Russian gas - EUobserver

Russian gas supplies at risk from Ukraine crisis: Germany’s utility - ITAR-TASS

NASA hopes to continue cooperation with Russia on ISS - The Voice of Russia

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Ukraine News - May 14, 2014

Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian separatists kill seven government soldiers in ambush - The Independent

VIDEO: Seven Ukrainian Troops Killed In Ambush By Separatists Outside Kramatorsk - YouTube

German foreign minister will try to broker dialogue between Ukraine government, rebels - Fox News

VIDEO: German FM Steinmeier stresses need for national dialogue during Kiev visit - YouTube

Russia's FM urges to immediately launch OSCE roadmap on crisis settlement in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Russia 'expects' Ukraine rebels to comply with OSCE roadmap - GlobalPost

PM Yatsenyuk: The government is promoting its own roadmap, It has some things in common with the OSCE but the settlement should be Ukrainian - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine’s foreign ministry: OSCE crisis settlement roadmap is "auxiliary instrument" - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's Party of Regions demands negotiations with Donetsk region residents - ITAR-TASS

Despite recent escalation, full-blown conflict in Ukraine can be averted: Ban - United Nations News Centre

Luhansk 'People’s Governor' Injured in Assassination Attempt After Independence Referendum - RIA Novosti

Mayor of Kharkov: "assassination attempt was political" (VIDEO) -

Confusion over rival claims to control Donetsk - GlobalPost

Donetsk and Lugansk Republics begin unification talks: Donetsk People's Republic co-chairman - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Donetsk celebrates newly-claimed independence from Kiev with fireworks - YouTube

Maidan Square activists urged to fight for Ukraine in the east - The Guardian

Bullets found after Kiev riots do not fit Berkut commando guns: The Ukrainian parliamentary committee - ITAR-TASS


Russia bans US from using Space Station over Ukraine sanctions, bars its rocket engines from launching US military satellites - Telegraph

France facing pressure from US over warship deal with Russia - Fox News

U.S. releases satellite images of Russian forces near Ukraine - Yahoo News

VIDEO, PHOTOS: US satellite images ‘show’ Russian troops still on Ukraine border - euronews

Russia announces USD2.4 billion Black Sea Fleet investment - IHS Jane's 360

Russian Defense Ministe Shoigu Details Black Sea Fleet Expansion Plans In Light of the Annexation of Crimea -

Russia's Black Sea Fleet to Receive 30 New Ships by 2020: Navy Commander - RIA Novosti

Russia to Station Aircraft, Ships Throughout Crimea – Navy Chief - RIA Novosti

Crimea Takeover Seen as Potential Game Changer in Mediterranean: Military Analysts - The Moscow Times

Sevastopol to mark Black Sea Fleet Day - ITAR-TASS: Russia

POLL: Over 41.6% of Ukrainians opposed to Ukraine joining NATO, 36.7 percent support it - The Voice of Russia


Gazprom introduces pre-payment system for Ukraine, sends $1.66bn bill - RT Business

Russia's Gazprom Warns Ukraine it Does Not Have Enough Gas For Winter -

Ukraine Can Use EU Aid to Pay Off Russian Gas Debt: European Commission - RIA Novosti

EU, Ukraine Sign Aid Deals Worth $1.78 Billion - ABC News

Gazprom may use Europe’s UGSs to guarantee more gas supplies to Europe in winter - ITAR-TASS

Joe Biden's son Hunter to head legal unit at Ukraine's largest private gas company - Washington Times


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