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Ukraine News - Apr 18, 2014


Diplomats reach deal on defusing Ukraine crisis - The Washington Post

Joint Geneva Statement on Ukraine from April 17: The full text - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Kerry Says Parties Agree to De-Escalate in Ukraine - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Kerry and Ashton on April 17 Geneva deal on Ukraine - The Washington Post

Geneva talks urge all-Ukraine dialogue on constitutional reform: Russian FM Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Lavrov: Russia, US, EU, Ukraine agree on de-escalation roadmap - YouTube

Ukraine crisis: Putin does not rule out sending in Russian troops -

NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine - ABC News


Ukraine is holding about 10 suspected Russian intelligence agents: state security - Reuters


Kyiv: Russian Banks Fund Separatists - VOA


Putin admits Russian soliders sent to Crimea -


Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140 Million Order at Crimean Shipyard: Putin - RIA Novosti


US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel - Yahoo News


EU agrees to Putin's call for gas security talks - Reuters


Pre-payment for gas to Ukraine if current bills not met: Putin - RT Business


Ukraine-EU free trade zone can start working from November 1: EU envoy - ITAR-TASS




Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine not about to end sit-ins after international accord to defuse the crisis - GlobalPost

Anti-Kiev protest in east after Ukraine soldiers kill attackers - AFP

VIDEO: Tensions Rise in Eastern Ukraine after 3 Militants Killed in Mariupol - ABC News

VIDEO (Live footage): Three pro-Russian militants killed in Mariupol clashes - YouTube

Anti-govt activists take control of TV tower in Donetsk region - RT News

Thousands gather for peaceful demonstrations in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Students in Lugansk rally in support of Kiev government - YouTube


PHOTOS: Pro-Ukraine rally held in Donetsk -


Head of local administration elected by protesters kidnapped in Donetsk region - ITAR-TASS


Income Ministry: Donetsk region accounts for 9 percent of consolidated budget revenues -


Party of Regions refuses to vote at Rada until its demands met - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: OSCE in Lugansk for talks with pro-federalists - YouTube


Flier calling on Donetsk Jews to register now widely seen as fake - Haaretz


Translation of the flier ordering Jews to register or face forcible expulsion and the confiscation of property -


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Ukraine News - Apr 17, 2014


Ukraine’s Offensive Falters as Elite Units Defect to Pro-Russia Side, Armored vehicles seen flying Russian flags and carrying defected troops - ABC News

Anti-govt protesters seize Ukrainian APCs, army units 'switch sides' (VIDEOS) - RT News

VIDEO: BBC witnesses "surrender” of Ukrainian soldiers in Sloviansk - BBC News

VIDEO: Crowd cheering Ukraine Armored Vehicles Carrying Defected troops - VOA

VIDEO: Donetsk mayor’s office seized by gunmen - euronews

VIDEO: Government building seized in Slaviansk - euronews

One dead, 12 injured as anti-govt protesters rally near Ukrainian military base in Mariupol: reports (VIDEO) - RT News

Federalization proponents push for referendum on Donetsk region status for May 11, to vote on whether be an independent state, remain part of Ukraine, or become part of Russia - The Voice of Russia


Protesters hoist Donetsk People's Republic's flag in Novoazovsk, Krasnoarmeisk - ITAR-TASS


Protesters control administrative offices in 8 cities of Donetsk Oblast - ITAR-TASS


Crucial railway in Ukraine’s Donetsk region blocked by unknown people - ITAR-TASS


Unknown People Capture 2 Ukrainian Servicemen In Luhansk Region - Ukranian News


Cable TV operators and providers in eastern Ukraine restore Russian TV channels broadcasts - ITAR-TASS


Right Sector weapons depot discovered in Odessa: local media - ITAR-TASS


Interview: Tymoshenko Calls For National Resistance Movement Against Russian 'War' (VIDEO) -


A proposal made by Tymoshenko to establish public resistance headquarters might provoke further destabilization of the situation in Ukraine: presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS


Overall wage arrears in Ukraine reach $70 mln - ITAR-TASS




Obama: Russia doesn’t want ‘any kind of military confrontation with us’ -

VIDEO: Obama says Russia will face "consequences" over actions in Ukraine - CBS News

US Working on Non-Lethal Aid Package for Ukraine - ABC News

U.S. State Dept demands halt to Russian 'provocation' in Ukraine - Yahoo News

Russia blasts US assessment of events in Ukraine’s southeast - ITAR-TASS

Russia's Plans for Four-Party Talks on Ukraine Still on Agenda: Lavrov - RIA Novosti

Ukraine PM Says Russia Exports Terror as Offensive Stalls - Bloomberg


Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action - EurActiv


Bank of Ukraine denies that Russian bank finances supporters of federalism in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Citing Russian Moves, NATO Plans New Deployments -


Russian Economy Hit by Ukraine Turmoil, Sees Serious Capital Flight - ABC News


Russian gas high on agenda at Geneva summit - Anadolu Agency


Gazprom may use its right to switch Ukraine over to prepayment for May deliveries of gas - ITAR-TASS


Slovakia-Ukraine reverse gas flow deal still unsigned - The Slovak Spectator


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Ukraine News - Apr 16, 2014


Ukraine President Says Anti-Terror Operation Under Way in Donetsk Region, It will be “conducted step by step, responsibly, cautiously” -


VIDEO: Ukraine President Turchynov announces start of anti-terror operation in eastern Ukraine - YouTube

Ukraine Military secures Kramatorsk airport from attack (VIDEO) - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Ukrainian general came out of the Kramatorsk airbase to address the crowd and was roughed up by the demonstrators - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russian crowds confront troops - BBC News

VIDEO: Ukraine troops launch mission to retake Slavyansk from pro-Russian militants - YouTube


Ukrainian forces reportedly surround city of Slavyansk: Pro-Russian commander and acting mayor - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Slavyansk Crowd Chanting by Barricades - YouTube


VIDEO: Watch As Donetsk Locals Stop A Ukraine Tank - Zero Hedge


Ukraine Charges Pro-Federalization Presidential Candidate With Attack on Sovereignty - RIA Novosti


Ukraine pro-Russian presidential candidates attacked in Kiev (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO (Ukrainian): Interview with pro-Russian presidential candidate Tsarov which was attacked in Kiev - YouTube




US open to some military assistance to Ukraine while ruling out providing arms or other ‘‘lethal’’ aid at this time  - The Boston Globe

US sends specialists to Ukraine to coordinate activity of its state structures: source - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: White House Press Briefing: US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions - YouTube

Ukraine on Verge of Civil War: Russia’s Medvedev - RIA Novosti

'Criminal' use of force by Ukraine would imperil talks: Lavrov - Yahoo News

Lavrov: Yatsenyuk's statements Kiev is ready for talks with South-East correct but late - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian Authorities: Russian Bank 'Paid Terrorists $3.75m ahead of Luhansk Building Occupation’ -


Ukrainian Intelligence Names Russian GRU Officer in Slavyansk - Institute for War and Peace Reporting


UN’s Geneva-based human rights office says no evidence of “widespread nor systemic” persecution of the nation’s ethnic Russian minority -


REPORT: UN human rights report on Ukraine: Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered -


Germany's RWE  to deliver reverse gas supplies to Ukraine via Poland - DW.DE


Slovakia offers way to send Ukraine some gas if Russia cuts supply - Reuters


Medvedev says Ukraine saved hundreds of billions of dollars on Russian gas discounts - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse - Forbes


CHARTS: Five charts that show just how bad Ukraine's economy really is: GDP growth, GDP per capita, Population, Unemployment, Debt repayments -


CHARTS: Ukraine’s financial crisis in six charts - Money Supply


Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP - BBC News


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Ukraine News - Apr 15, 2014


Separatists tighten grip on east Ukraine, No signs of military crackdown by the Kiev government - Reuters

Ukraine ultimatum to separatists fails to materialize after local police apparently refused to take part in the proclaimed "anti-terrorist operation" -

Massive protests pass in 9 cities of eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region over past day - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO- Pro-Russian supporters attack a police HQ in Horlivka while hundreds of onlookers cheered them on - YouTube

VIDEO: Injuries reported in pro-Russia attack at Horlivka police HQ in east Ukraine - euronews

VIDEO: Pro Russian protesters seize Slovyansk airport - YouTube

Militia in Slavyansk gets weapons back, starts patrolling city streets: acting mayor - ITAR-TASS


Protesters in Luhansk demand that regional administration disobeys Kiev authorities - ITAR-TASS


Zaporozhye police release over 180 supporters of Ukraine federalization - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine President: We are not against holding a national referendum on federalization, but pro-Kremlin militias who have seized government buildings are demanding local referendums - AFP


Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum - The Voice of Russia


Exclusive: U.N. Hints Russia and Its Allies Rigged Crimea's Referendum Vote -


Ukraine Currency Continues to Slide -


Ukrainians start withdrawing money from banks: news portal - ITAR-TASS


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Economy Is in Free-Fall: Komileva - Businessweek




Obama speaks to Putin about violence in Ukraine -

Remarks by US Ambassador Samantha Power at a UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine -

Statement of Russia's Ambassador Vitalii Churkin to UNSC on Ukraine - Scoop News

CIA Denies Director Brennan’s Role in Protest Crackdown in Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Russian jet passes at close range over US warship in Black Sea - Fox News


Russian assets down sharply on Ukraine conflict fears - Reuters


Growing Tensions in Ukraine Push European Stocks Down - RIA Novosti


Europe speeds up gas storage to prepare for Russian cut - Reuters


Ukraine ready to pay $386 per 1,000 cubic metres of gas - ITAR-TASS


Ukrainian Supreme Court closes Tymoshenko’s ‘gas case’ - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine News - Apr 14, 2014


Pro-federalization activists take over govt buildings across Eastern Ukraine, Berkut Special Forces side with Donetsk pro-Russians (VIDEOS) - RT News

Ukraine to deploy troops in “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces: President Turchynov - Washington Post

VIDEO: Ukraine President Turchynov announces "anti terror operation" - BBC News 

Ukraine Forces and Pro-Russian Militants Battle Over Local Police Station in Slovyansk -

VIDEO: Ukrainian Forces Launch 'Anti-Terrorist' Operation in Slavyansk, Part 1 - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukrainian Forces Launch 'Anti-Terrorist' Operation in Slavyansk, Part 2 - YouTube

VIDEO: Behind the scenes at anti-Maidan barricades in Slavyansk - YouTube

VIDEO: Pro Russian militants seize second building in Slavyansk - YouTube

VIDEO: Helicopters With Ukraine Special Force in Slavyansk - YouTube


VIDEO (Russian): Interview with pro-Russia armed protester in Slavyansk - YouTube


Pro-federalization protesters say one their activist and two members of the ultra-nationalist Right Sector group were killed in Ukraine's Slavyansk - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: In the video posted on April 13, one man was wounded while another was apparently killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk. Cars with bullet holes sat nearby -


Donetsk special-purpose police refuse to go to Slavyansk - ITAR-TASS


Uniformed men of Ukraine’s now-defunct riot police occupy Donetsk police HQ - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Uniformed men of Ukraine’s now-defunct riot police occupy Donetsk police HQ - The Washington Post


VIDEO: Pro-Russian protesters demonstrate at the Donetsk police HQ - euronews


Internal Ministry Donetsk Region Division Chief Pozhidayev Resigns Under Pressure Of Pro-Russian Activists, Their demands were supported by special force staff (former Berkut) - Ukranian News


Several dozen people form living shield to lock in police in Donetsk - ITAR-TASS


Unknown people get into Donetsk regional prosecutor's office overnight - ITAR-TASS


50 injured in clashes in Kharkov between pro-federalization activists and forces loyal to the government: Ukraine's Interior Ministry - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: 50 wounded in violent Kharkiv clashes, In another eastern town, Zaporizhya, scuffles broke out between rival demonstrators - euronews


VIDEO: Pro Russia activists seize Kramatorsk Interior Ministry building - YouTube


PM Yatsenyuk: Ukraine’s new constitution to be sent to Venice Commission before presidential polls - ITAR-TASS


Executive power in Ukrainian regions should be appointed by the regions themselves: Timoshenko - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine's authorities 'crossed line' at eastern Ukraine protests: presidential candidate Tsarev - The Voice of Russia


Presidential Candidate Tigipko: situation in southeast of Ukraine cannot be resolved by force - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine’s far-right leader calls for Right Sector’s total mobilization - RT News


VIDEO: Appeal Of The Right Sector Leader Dmytro Yarosh To The People Of Ukraine - Euromaidan PR




Biden to Head for Ukraine on Stabilization Mission, will assist on constitutional reform, decentralization, anti-corruption, and free elections - NBC News

Kiev’s use of force in south-eastern Ukraine will foil four-party meeting plan: Lavrov - ITAR-TASS

Lavrov: "Kiev’s constant threats to start storming the buildings occupied by protesters in Donetsk and Lugansk are unacceptable” - ITAR-TASS

Is satellite imagery revealing a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s borders (PHOTOS)?


‘Only widens gap’: Outrage as 20+ Russian journalists barred from entering Ukraine (VIDEO) - RT News


Ukraine suspends gas payments to Russia until talks conclude - Reuters


Naftogaz of Ukraine CEO offers two solutions to gas problem with Russia - ITAR-TASS


Russia sets 4 conditions in return for aid to Ukraine - RT News


U.S.-Ukraine Economic and Finance Working Group -


Ukraine, Sweden extend contract on nuclear fuel supplies for Ukrainian NPP - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine News - Apr 12, 2014


Kiev hands over autonomous powers to regional governments to defuse the crisis in pro-Russian east - Telegraph

PM Arseny Yatsenyuk pledged to push through a law allowing regional referendums in the country - RT

PM Yatseniuk: Constitutional reform aims to give more powers to the regions -

VIDEO (English): Ukrainian PM says government is ready for dialogue with eastern regions -

Yatsenyuk says he wants to have ‘good relations’ with Moscow - ITAR-TASS

Alfa anti-riot police refuses to storm protesters-occupied buildings in the east Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk: the local media  - ITAR-TASS


Pro-Russia miners take to Donetsk streets in uprising that mimics Kyiv protests -


VIDEO: Pro-Russia miners reinforce frontline in Donetsk - YouTube


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Woman’s desperate protest in Luhansk - YouTube


VIDEO: Protest Leader Brandishes AK-47 At Pro-Russian Rally In Luhansk -


Clashes, disappearance mar Party of Regions presidential hopeful’s campaign in Odessa (VIDEOS) - RT News


VIDEO: Pro and anti-Russian protesters violently clash in Odessa after pro-EU demonstrators try to prevent a Party of Regions presidential candidate from leaving his hotel - YouTube


Pro-federalization rally continues in Kharkov - The Voice of Russia


Mystery Surrounds Death of Fiery Ukrainian Activist of the Nationalist Group Right Sector -




Four-way Ukraine talks between the United States, EU, Russia and Ukrainian government set for April 17 - AFP

Russia has no desire to take over eastern Ukraine, No soldiers or spies there: Lavrov - AFP

Russia supports keeping Ukraine's current borders: Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

Rising anti-Russia sentiment threatens Europe stability: Moscow - Yahoo News


Russia calls on US to persuade Ukraine authorities not to use force - Voice of Russia


Exclusive: Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine - The Daily Beast


US, French Warships Have Entered Black Sea - RIA Novosti


State Department Again Denies Presence of US Mercenaries in Ukraine - RIA Novosti


US sanctions Crimea's breakaway leaders - Sky News Australia


Lions, tigers could starve due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, Animals at a Crimean safari park face starvation as Ukrainian banks have blocked the park's accounts - The Washington Post




Hints of possible deal on Ukraine gas emerge at G20 - Yahoo News

EU set to help Ukraine pay gas bills: Oettinger - Yahoo News

Putin: Russia guarantees gas commitments to European countries, will not stop gas to Ukraine but will have to switch to advance payments - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine pays too high price for Russian gas, State Department says -


Ukraine prepares to sue Gazprom in Stockholm arbitration -


Ukraine turns to Germany and France for gas - France 24


Ukraine Sees $7 Billion IMF Funding This Year - Bloomberg


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Ukraine News - Apr 11, 2014


Pro-Russia Separatists Reject Amnesty Offer in Ukraine Standoff, “We demand a referendum on federalization so that the will of the people is heard” - Reuters

VIDEO: Pro-Russian separatists reject Kiev's amnesty - Al Jazeera

Standoff between gvt, protesters intensifies, 24 hours before Kiev ultimatum ends (VIDEOS) - RT News

VIDEO: People trying to stop the Ukrainian armored vehicles close to Donetsk, protesters dig into the occupied building - YouTube

Demonstrators in Donetsk plan to create ‘people’s army’ - ITAR-TASS

'Nothing to lose' say armed pro-Russians in Ukraine's Lugansk - Yahoo News

1,500 residents in Luhansk gather to defend Security Service building - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Dawn breaks on Donetsk's barricades, men and women reading newspapers, having breakfast, etc - YouTube


VIDEO: Many Riot Police now side with anti-Kiev protestors in Donesk - YouTube


VIDEO: People watching the 25th Airborne Brigade (Armed Forces of Ukraine) moving to Donetsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Barricades in Luhansk in front of the Security Service building - YouTube


VIDEO (Russian): Formation and Statement of armed protesters in Luhansk - YouTube


VIDEO (Russian): Interview with armed protesters in Luhansk - YouTube


Thousands to rally Sunday for federalism in Kharkiv - The Voice of Russia


Detainees involved in Kharkiv regional administration occupation arrested for 60 days - ITAR-TASS


In Ukraine’s city of Donetsk, Russia and the Great Patriotic War exert their influence - The Washington Post


NATO: Satellite images reveal Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border (PHOTOS) - The Guardian


NATO Allied Command Operations: Imagery Reveals Destabilizing Russian Forces Near Ukraine Border (PHOTOS) - ACO


NATO builds its naval presence in the Black Sea: Russian Defense Ministry - ITAR-TASS




Putin Says Further Violations by Ukraine to Pay Its Debt Will Compel Russia to Cut Off Gas - RIA Novosti

TEXT: Putin’s letter to European leaders on Ukraine's gas debt - Reuters

Russia Won’t Cut Gas-Oil Flow to Europe, German Economists Say - Bloomberg

Slovakia seeks gas talks with Ukraine, Russia, EU; Hungary set to supply Kiev - Reuters


Slovakia Wants EU to Guarantee Payments for Reverse Gas Flows to Ukraine -


Security in threat if decision on US nuclear fuel for Ukraine NPPs political - ITAR-TASS


Hryvnia Falls to Record as Ukraine Bonds Extend Slump - Businessweek


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Ukraine News - Apr 10, 2014


Kiev gives pro-Russian protesters 48 hours to end their occupation, telling them to leave the public buildings or face “forceful” action - Telegraph

Separatists in east Ukraine call on Putin for help after Kiev warns of force - Reuters

Ukraine's defiant armed separatists prepare for long siege - Reuters

Ukraine separatists free hostages from seized building -

Protesters and representatives of the Ukrainian authorities meet for negotiations - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Donetsk separatists remain defiant - CNN


VIDEO: Tires, sacks & razor wire: Donetsk protesters barricade for independence - YouTube


VIDEO: Heavy Artillery outside Donetsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Donetsk governor says won't use force vs. occupiers - YouTube


VIDEO: Separatists in Ukraine: Luhansk standoff continues as Kiev blames Kremlin agents - YouTube


VIDEO: In Lugansk masked members of the group Southeast Command express firm readiness to protect their interests with arms - YouTube


Ukraine's Richest Man Akhmetov Gambles on Peacemaker Role - VOA


Akhmetov says Donbas is part of Ukraine, is against use of force to quell the protest in Donetsk -




U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU to meet on Ukraine crisis - Reuters

Lavrov says four-way talks on Ukraine must foster internal dialogue - Reuters

Kerry: US uses influence with Kiev to prod it into starting national dialogue to normalise the situation in the southeast of the country - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine: Lavrov and Kerry urge all sides to refrain from violence - euronews

Vladimir Putin has high hopes of positive outcome for Ukraine summit -

Putin asks government, Gazprom to refrain from asking advance payment for gas with Ukraine until after consultations between both sides - The Voice of Russia


Putin: Russia doesn't recognize Ukrainian authorities, but will help with its economy - The Voice of Russia


Ukraine’s overall debt to Russia stands at $16 billion: Dmitry Medvedev - ITAR-TASS


Analysts Say Russia Plotting for Ukrainian Influence not Invasion, It wants Kiev to adopt a federal system of government -


Exclusive: U.S. Won’t Share Russia Troops Intel With Ukraine - The Daily Beast


US diplomat tweets photo of Russian army build-up near Ukraine -


Second US Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea - RT News


NATO general: U.S. troops may be sent to E. Europe over Ukraine - KOMO News


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Ukraine News - Apr 9, 2014


Ukraine tries to quell pro-Moscow uprisings, retaking occupied headquarters in Kharkiv but watching protesters consolidate their hold in Donetsk - AP

Donetsk activists fortify barricades after police clear Kharkiv protest site -

Ukraine Stiffens Penalties for Separatism - RIA Novosti

Ukraine Parliament Devolves Into Brawl Amid Russia Crisis (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Ukraine raids pro-Russian separatists in the Eastern region - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Ukraine Authorities: Kharkiv Protesters Out - AP

Clashes in Ukraine's Kharkiv after protesters proclaim region's independence (VIDEOS) - RT News


Ukrainian interior minister threatens to sack 30% of Kharkiv police staff - ITAR-TASS


Police Has No Plans to Storm Donetsk Regional Administration Building: Official - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Inside protesters' Donetsk 'republic' - BBC News 


Kiev pursues wrong policy - Donetsk mayor - The Voice of Russia


Tanks heading for Ukraine’s Lugansk on Kiev order - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Ukraine: Tanks heading for Ukraine’s Lugansk on Kiev order - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine: Lugansk protesters bed in outside SBU office - YouTube


Ukrainian movie releasers say will not run number of Russian movies - ITAR-TASS




Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force over eastern revolts -

Russian FM calls on Kiev, Washington to recognize interests of all Ukraine regions - RT News

Russia wants Ukraine's east and south represented in international talks to resolve crisis: Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

Russia expects new Ukraine constitution draft to be presented ahead of Russia-US-EU-Ukraine talks: Lavrov - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Interview with Ukraine's acting foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia - Bloomberg Television


Kerry Accuses Moscow of 'Unmistakable' Covert Ops in Eastern Ukraine, says Russian special forces of orchestrating "chaos" in eastern Ukraine this week to set the stage for a possible invasion -


VIDEO: John Kerry: Russian Agents Trying to Destabilize Ukraine - ABC News


Russia Claims American Mercenaries Are in Eastern Ukraine, Employees of the security contracting company Greystone -


US Contractor Greystone Denies Its 'Mercenaries' in Ukraine - ABC News


VIDEO: Are Mystery Soldiers in Ukraine US Mercenaries? - YouTube




Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine has failed to pay for its March gas supplies, but does not say whether the company would take any action against Kiev - Reuters

Ukraine plans to pay Russia for gas after price reduction - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine Says Russian Gas Transit to Europe Under Threat - RIA Novosti


Russia's import from Ukraine decreases by 30.5% in January-February - ITAR-TASS: Economy


IMF Downgrades Russia’s Economic Prospects Amid Ukraine Tensions - RIA Novosti


Ukrainian Crisis Could Cause Russian Economy To Fall 1.8% in 2014: World Bank - RIA Novosti


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Ukraine/Syria News - Apr 8, 2014


Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent republic - The Washington Post

East Ukraine Protesters Request Russian 'Peacekeepers' - The Moscow Times

VIDEO (English subtitles): Donetsk protesters claim independence from Ukraine and ask Russia for military help -

Russian agitators infiltrate eastern Ukraine though the "volunteers" may not all be acting on orders from Moscow -

VIDEO: Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov Blames Moscow For Unrest In Eastern Cities -


Turchynov Sets Up Crisis-Response Headquarters, Orders SBU Take Antiterrorist Measures Towards Armed Separatists - Ukranian News


Address of Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov in connection with developments in the eastern oblasts of Ukraine -Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine


Tymoshenko says crisis in Donetsk can be resolved peacefully, believes it necessary to carry out administrative reform, elect the regional authorities and preserve the law on regional languages - ITAR-TASS




White House Warns Russia Against Further Moves in Ukraine - VOA

Kerry warns Lavrov Russia faces 'costs' if it further destabilizes Ukraine - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Kerry warns Russia faces 'costs' if destabilizes Ukraine - YouTube

US says will not recognize referendum in East Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Lavrov tells Kerry Russia insists on constitutional reforms in Ukraine, its non-allied status - The Voice of Russia

In a phone conversation with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa, Lavrov urges Kiev to build national dialogue with all regions - ITAR-TASS

Russia tells Ukraine to stop blaming it for problems - Reuters


Sergei Lavrov Op-Ed: It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine - The Guardian


Russia tells Kiev not to use force in southeast Ukraine - Reuters


Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about additional army forces arriving to east of Ukraine - The Voice of Russia


Russian Lawmakers Mull Trip to Ukraine’s Donetsk Basin - RIA Novosti


Eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk is Different From Crimea – Russian Lawmaker - RIA Novosti


Russian peacekeepers can't be sent to eastern Ukraine without UN approval: Russian senator - Interfax




Seymour Hersh on Obama, Erdogan, the Syrian rebels and the Syria chemical attack · LRB

VIDEO (and Transcript): Interview with Seymour Hersh on the Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike - Democracy Now

Turkey, US dismiss Seymour Hersh report on Syria chemical attack -

Statement: White House Refutes Seymour Hersh on the Syria chemical attack - WashingtonPoint

VIDEO: UN on Chemical Attack in Syria and Seymour Hersh - YouTube


Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Ridiculed Jobar Lab actually was Sarin Related -


UN Report Discusses Alleged Chemical IED Attack Against Syrian Solders In Jobar -


Seymour Hersh's Volcano Problem - Brown Moses Blog


What Does Seymour Hersh Knows About Volcano Rockets? - Brown Moses Blog


Analysis Of Recovered Chemical Weapons Found In Syria -


Why Nigel Farage Has It All Wrong: Smoking Guns, Hexamine, And Syrian Sarin - Brown Moses Blog


Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: Hexamine Again -


ARCHIVE: Who Attacked Ghouta with Chemical Weapons?: The Conclusion -


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Ukraine News - Apr 7, 2014


Ukraine: Pro-Russians storm offices in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv - BBC News

Ukraine President Turchynov cancels visit to Lithuania over unrest, convenes a meeting of the law enforcement ministries and services - The Voice of Russia

Ukraine Interior Minister Arsen Avakov vows to restore order in eastern Ukraine without using violence - Al Jazeera English

Ukraine agency: Authorities dismantle group plotting anti-government attack - AP

Kidnapped Ukrainian journalist found dead, Friends of the right-wing Svoboda member Sergiyenko say he was tortured before being killed - The Guardian

VIDEO: Ukraine: Pro-Russia activists seize Donetsk government building - YouTube


VIDEO: Participants from a large pro-Russian rally in Donetsk demanding a referendum on the region, similar to the one that led to the annexation of Crimea by Russia - euronews


VIDEO: Ukraine: Protesters storm Kharkov government building - YouTube


VIDEO: Protesters raise Russian flag in Ukrainian city Kharkov - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine: Kharkov protest rails against Kiev govt, demands own referendum - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine: Pro-Russia protesters storm Lugansk State Security building - YouTube


VIDEO: Ukraine’s Odessa joins massive pro-Russian rallies across Southeast - YouTube




Kiev sees Russian federalization plans as attempt to destroy Ukraine - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Ukraine President Turchynov rejects Russian call for Ukraine to become federal state - YouTube

Tymoshenko: For Putin, a federal system is a means to ultimately incorporate Ukraine’s eastern and southern regions into the Russian Federation -

Ridding Ukraine of corruption is vital, says leading presidential candidate Poroshenko - Yahoo News


IRI poll of Ukraine citizens: 52% want EU membership (up from 42% in Sept 2013), 27% want Russian Customs Union (down from 37%) - Twitter / danielrhamilton


POLL (FULL REPORT): IRI Public Opinion Survey: Residents of Ukraine, March 14 – 26 -


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Ukraine News - Apr 6, 2014


Ukraine PM eyes arbitration if Russia doesn't cut gas price, "We are not trying to break our contract but to set up a fair price like in Europe" - Reuters

Ukraine looks to EU for gas imports as Russian prices leap, PM Yatseniuk says “reverse flows” could save Ukraine $150 per 1,000 cubic meters - Reuters

It could take until next winter to make the adjustments needed for large EU reverse gas flows to Ukraine - Reuters

Reverse gas flow from Europe to Ukraine technically and legally disputable: Gazprom CEO - The Voice of Russia

Ukraine stores natural gas enough for one month: Minister - The Voice of Russia


Third of Ukrainians will not feel rise in gas prices - PM Yatseniuk - Ukrinform


Ukraine moves to crack Russia's hold on its nuclear power -


Ukraine eyes coal after Russian gas price hike, a polluting resource whose consumption has imperilled the air quality - Business Recorder




Moody’s downgrades Ukraine to ‘default imminent’ - RT Business

Ukraine Targets $13.5 Billion Aid in 2014 as EU Warns Russia - Businessweek

Russia seeks over $11 bn in 'debt' from Ukraine - GlobalPost

Biden says aid from the US and other countries would help Ukraine meet its most pressing needs - AFP

Interview with the Ambassador of the United States to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine


White House hopes for European shale gas face headwinds, it will evolve over time but certainly more slowly than it has in the U.S. -


VIDEO: How Ukraine's high energy costs and U.S. shale gas are shaping energy geopolitics - WSJ Live


Gas prices in Europe to rise 50%, if it abandons Russia’s supplies: Russia Energy Minister -


Russian energy minister confirms plans to build Russia-Crimea pipeline - Oil and Gas Technology


If Ukraine quits CIS or signs an agreement on association with the European Union, Russia to take measures to protect agro market: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev - ITAR-TASS


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Egypt News - Apr 5, 2014


Egypt pro-democracy supporters stage anti-Sisi demos in several provinces -

Security clash with protesters in Cairo's Alf Maskan - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Egypt: Cairo clashes brought to the doorstep of Interior Ministers - YouTube

'Freedom for the brave' holds protest, calls for release of detainees (PHOTOS) - Ahram Online

Amnesty International: Egypt must release three activists jailed under repressive new protest law - Amnesty International

POLL: What is the Egyptian anti-coup movement protesting for? -

Al Qaida’s Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claims responsibility for Cairo University bombing - World Tribune


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood condemns Cairo University bombing, calls for probe -


Forces react to Cairo Univ blasts, pro-Morsi students brush off allegations - Ahram Online


Muslims Drag Christian Woman From Car in Egypt, Stab and Brutally Beat Her for Having Cross on Display -


VIDEO (Arabic): Eyewitness: Muslims Drag Christian Woman From Car in Egypt, Stab and Brutally Beat Her for Having Cross on Display - YouTube


Egyptian journalists strike, demanding protection, a week after a young journalist was killed - AP


Egypt cabinet approves new terror law in the wake of a terrorist attack outside Cairo University on Wednesday - AFP


Police to enter universities during exam time, if necessary: Minister - Ahram Online




Human Rights Watch calls on U.S. to delay military aid to Egypt - Reuters

Statement: Egypt: Failure to Meet US Aid Conditions - Human Rights Watch

Egypt deports man lobbying against mass death sentences - Reuters


Suez Canal: Egyptian Military Takes Charge Of Economic Development -


Mubarak supports Sisi, slams Sabbahi in phone interview - Cairo Post


Mubarak’s lawyer says that the recording in which his client is heard supporting Sisi was fabricated - Israel National News


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Ukraine News - Apr 4, 2014


Russia raises gas prices for Ukraine by 80 percent - Reuters

Russia to Charge Ukraine More Than Germany as Gas Discounts End - Bloomberg

Moscow Calls on Ukraine to Pay Down Its $2.2 Billion Gas Debt - ABC News

Russia Foreign Ministry: Ukraine’s overall debt to Russia after the termination of the Black Sea Fleet agreements stands at $10-11 billions - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine says $485 per cubic meter too high price for gas, it would be less costly for Ukraine to import gas from Europe - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Ukraine PM: Russian gas price hike "absolutely unacceptable" - English

Europeans plan to create consortium and buy Ukrainian gas transit system - ITAR-TASS


US, EU hail Ukraine’s drive to diversify natural gas supplies - ITAR-TASS


The Curse of Russian Energy: Despite U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia, it is business as usual between European companies and Russia’s energy sector - Carnegie Europe


US-based Financial Research Company: Europe Risks Losses of $215 Billion by Stopping Russian Gas Imports - CI˙HAN


What future for EU's energy supply? The Ukraine crisis has prompted the EU to speed up its energy strategy rethink. But the bloc is divided - DW.DE


Europe energy: Russian addiction, American seduction (VIDEO) - euronews


INTERACTIVE CHART: How Europe can replace Russian gas -


Ukraine ‘spillover’ could wreck world economy: IMF chief Lagarde - RT Business


Russia Helped Ukraine, But Now Ukraine Needs More, IMF's Lagarde Says -


VIDEO (Transcript): Interview with IMF chief Lagarde on the hurdles blocking global economic growth -




Ukraine Implicates Ex-President and Russia in Protesters’ Deaths -

Ukraine detains 12 riot police on suspicion of 'mass murder’ of protesters - Reuters

Ukraine security chief: Alfa special force suppressed Kiev riots - ITAR-TASS


No Berkut troops among ‘Maidan snipers’: Ukrainian special forces veteran - RT News


Pro-Russian protests diminish in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region - The Washington Post


Donetsk Billboard Bids 'Goodbye' to Russia Ahead of Unity Rally - The Moscow Times


Will Ukraine become a neutral, federal state? - Georgia Straight




VIDEO: 'We’ll retaliate if Russia attacks' Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk - BBC News

Ukraine steps up security measures to guard border with Russia - ITAR-TASS

Yatsenyuk: Kiev hopes for NATO assistance in upgrading Ukrainian army - ITAR-TASS

Russia says wants answers on NATO troops in eastern Europe - Reuters


Russia recalls chief military representative to NATO - RT News


Pentagon Suspends Missile Shield Talks with Russia over Ukraine | World | RIA Novosti


Russia says troops to pull back from Ukraine border - CBS News


Russia arrests 25 Ukrainians for sabotage - The Washington Post


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Ukraine News - Apr 3, 2014


Russia could achieve Ukraine incursion in 3-5 days: NATO general Breedlove - GlobalPost

VIDEO: Interview with Gen. Breedlove on Ukraine crisis - YouTube

Breedlove: Ukraine situation shows need for US forces in Europe - Stripes

NATO to Firm Up Its Presence in Eastern Europe as It Halts Cooperation With Russia -

VIDEO: NATO Suspends Cooperation with Russia Over Ukraine Crisis -

Ukraine to Hold Military Exercises with European, NATO Allies - VOA

Defense Officials in Ukraine for Consultations -


Department of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel (Russia and Ukraine Excerpts) - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine


U.S. Looking to Reassure NATO Allies About Ukraine -


U.S. Sends More Marines to Romania, Navy Vessel to Black Sea -


U.S. sends 10 F-15 jets to Baltic states [VIDEO] -


NASA suspends contact with Russia over Ukraine crisis - The Verge


Bulgaria Wary as Russia Steps Up Military Flights Over Black Sea - VOA


VIDEO: Russia pulls out battalion from near Ukraine, sends military hardware into Crimea - Yahoo News


Putin Signs Law Terminating Black Sea Fleet Agreements with Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Analysis: Crimea intervention - The increasing sophistication of Russia's military resurgence - IHS Jane's 360




Putin tells Merkel interests of Ukraine regions must be protected, wants Western states to press the Kiev government to grant broad autonomy - Yahoo News

Russia's Foreign Ministry urges the Ukrainian government to adopt a more balanced constitution to protect minority populations - RIA Novosti

Russia Duma formulates measures to preserve Ukrainian integrity: every region to elect its own authorities and Russian as a state language - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine Says It Will Hand More Power to Regions, Government Approves Plan Allowing Election of Regional Governors -


Donetsk regional council demands official status for Russian language - ITAR-TASS


Language conflict: Different tongues, common homes in Ukraine - The Economist


Former U.S. State Department official Josh Cohen: A Federal Model for Ukraine - The Moscow Times


Ukraine Moves to Disarm Paramilitary Groups -


Moscow Insists Ukraine Government Take Decisive Steps to Disarm Radicals - RIA Novosti


According to the interior ministry Ukraine far-right leader Sashko Bily 'shot himself’ while police were wrestling him to the ground - BBC News




POLL: 80 percent of American voters are "concerned" that the Ukraine crisis could lead to a larger regional conflict, with U.S. military involvement -

POLL: Americans Are Deeply Conflicted Over The Crisis In Ukraine (VIDEO) -

POLL: Most Russians Would Back Kremlin In Case of War With Ukraine, Poll Says - The Moscow Times

POLL: Russians Unconcerned About Western Sanctions Over Crimea – Poll - RIA Novosti

US, EU discuss energy options amid push to rely less on Russia - EUROPE ONLINE


Joint Press Statement EU-U.S. Energy Council -


Russia Tightens Pressure on Ukraine With Rise in Natural Gas Price -


Kerry to Russia: Don't use energy as a weapon in Ukraine crisis -


Ukraine to discuss import prices with Russia’s largest gas producer - ITAR-TASS


Gazprom says CEO, EU favour mutually beneficial relations - Reuters


U.S. to wean Europe, Ukraine off Russian gas - THE DAILY STAR


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Egypt News - Apr 2, 2014


Clashes continue at several Egyptian universities between police and students protesting ex-army chief al-Sisi's presidency bid - Ahram Online

VIDEO: Egypt: Clashes between students and police in four cities - euronews

VIDEO: Clashes in Egypt between protestors and police left 1 student dead on Sunday - YouTube

Riot police storm al-Azhar University in Cairo - Islamic News Daily

Al-Azhar university expels 25 student 'rioters' - Ahram Online


Ain Shams University students dispersed outside Egypt Defense Ministry -


Egypt group calls for joint protest to release detainees - Ahram Online


VIDEO (and transcript): Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah on Prison and Regime's "War on a Whole Generation” -


Egypt prosecution says Islamist protesters killed journalist - Al Arabiya News


Who killed Mary Sameh George? Some in the Coptic Christian community have told the press they believe George was targeted by Islamists because she was Christian - Cairo Post




VIDEO: Egypt denies bail to Al Jazeera journalists - YouTube

Al Jazeera journalists accused of terrorism by Egyptian authorities in court cages (PHOTOS) - Mail Online

3 Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Deny Ties to Brotherhood in Egypt -

Journalists 'systematically targeted' in Egypt: Reporters Without Borders - Ahram Online

Jailed Brotherhood leader scoffs at Egypt courts, demands judges not to be politicized -

Defence for Badie, 50 Brotherhood leaders withdraw from 'Plan Rabaa' trial - Ahram Online

Was Mohammed Morsi Really an Autocrat? To answer this question, we scored Morsi’s year in office according to the Polity IV index - The Atlantic


27 military and 339 criminal trials since Egypt's coup, more than 10,000 political opponents have faced charges -


Egyptian detainee 'tortured and raped’, Activists say numerous political prisoners have been severely abused in custody - Al Jazeera English


Farmer who used donkey to depict Egypt's Sisi gets six-month sentence -


PHOTO: Donkey depicting Egypt's Sisi -


Two Islamist Protesters Sentenced to Death for Throwing Teens off a Rooftop - Egyptian Streets


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Teens Pushed Off Roof in Egypt by Islamist Protesters - YouTube


33 Islamists jailed for 6 years over Egypt protests, found guilty of violent acts during clashes between Islamist demonstrators and opponents of Morsi -


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Turkey/Syria News - Apr 1, 2014


Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph - Reuters

VIDEO: Erdogan: 'They will pay for this' -

FULL TEXT: Turkish PM Erdoğan's post-election 'balcony speech' -

EXCERPTS: How Erdogan’s jubilant victory speech targeted his two biggest enemies -

PM Erdoğan delivers victory speech with corruption suspects - Today's Zaman

Polls Boost Turkish Leader's Presidential Hopes - ABC News

Opposition says election victory will not acquit PM, AK Party of corruption - CİHAN


Erdogan's critics fear crackdown after Turks deliver his party a victory - Yahoo News


Erdoğan sues Today's Zaman editor-in-chief, four others - CİHAN


Opposition vows to resist Erdoğan's witch hunt in post-election era - CİHAN


Turkey: Erdogan critic fears returning home - The National


Turkey Faces More Strife After Erdogan’s Election Win - The Daily Beast


VIDEO: Ankara after the election, protestors chanting: "Thief Tayyip Erdogan" - Vine


Femen activists stage anti-Erdogan protest at Istanbul polling station - The Ugly Truth


VIDEO: FEMEN unleash their breasts against Erdogan - YouTube


Report: Graft probe suspect Zarrab flees overseas - Today's Zaman




Turkey is at war with Syria, Erdogan says in post-election speech - CI˙HAN

Border province punishes Turkey's policy on Syria in polls - Reuters

Syria: Turkey Sending Foreign Fighters to Latakia - ABC News

According to villagers, thousands of fighters coming from Turkey crossed the border at five different points to launch the attack on Kassab - Al-Monitor

U.S. reacts to Syrian rebel occupation of Kassab, Entire population flees country’s only Armenian-majority town - Armenian Reporter

In Los Angeles hundreds Protest Turkey’s Role in Kassab Attacks  - Asbarez Armenian News


Celebrity Kim Kardashian tweets appeal on Kessab events - ARMENPRESS


Report: Syria deploys anti-aircraft missile batteries along Turkish border - JPost


Syrian army retakes key post in Latakia - Oman Observer


Turkish military fires into Syria after rocket hits mosque - Reuters


Erdoğan, again, quick to attribute Syria audio link to Hizmet with no proof - CİHAN


Relevant countries tipped off MIT about ISIS terrorists, daily claims - CI˙HAN


Who’s smuggling antiquities from Syria to Turkey by air? - conflict antiquities


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Ukraine News - Mar 31, 2014


US, Russia talks fail to end Ukraine deadlock - Boston Herald

Russia urges West to back 'federal' solution for Ukraine - Yahoo News

VIDEO (and transcript): Interview with Lavrov on Ukraine - RT News

Kerry Says Federalization of Ukraine as Proposed by Russia Is up to Ukrainians, they have to agree to a road ahead - MSNBC

VIDEO: Kerry: No decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine - YouTube

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: Federalization is the complete capitulation of Ukraine, its dismemberment and destruction of its statehood - Euromaidan PR

Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk regions demand autonomy for southeastern Ukraine: Russian media - The Voice of Russia


In A Divided Donetsk, Russians And Ukrainians Vie For Support (AUDIO) - NPR


VIDEO: Ukraine: Donetsk divided as pro-Russia activists push for referendum - YouTube


VIDEO: Loyalties divided in Ukraine's Odessa - YouTube


VIDEO: Odessa - Ukraine! No war! No russian occupation! 1000m flag! - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro Russia protesters take over Ukraine's Lugansk city - YouTube


Senate Intel chair: Crimea’s gone - Blogs


Crimean Tatars, opposed to Russian occupation of Crimea, plan to declare autonomous territory within Crimea -


VIDEO: Abduction of Crimean Tatar Reshat Akhmetov caught on camera, He was found dead on March 15, 2014 - Twitter / Euromaidan




Russia says it has “no intention” of invading Ukraine - CBS News

Tour of Ukraine-Russia Border Finds No Signs of Military Buildup - NBC

Kerry: Ukraine progress must include pullback of Russian forces currently massing on border and creating fear, intimidation -

Final US Congressional Approval Expected for 1 Billion Ukraine Aid (VIDEO) - VOA

U.S. sends top NATO general back to Europe over Ukraine crisis - Reuters


US ships 300,000 MREs to Ukraine military - TheHill


Ukraine crisis prompts new look at US defense cuts - Bloomberg


White House Fact Sheet: NATO-Related Military Buildup In Europe After The Ukraine Crisis - Liberty RoundTable


Putin submits proposals on denouncing some Russia-Ukraine agreements on Black Sea Fleet - ITAR-TASS


After Crimea, Moldova too fears unwanted events on road to EU - Reuters


US vows $10m Moldova to boarder security with Ukraine -


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Egypt News - Mar 29


Protests After El-Sissi Announces Candidacy: Five killed as Egypt police, Islamists clash - Yahoo News

Journalist shot dead covering clashes in Egypt - Committee to Protect Journalists

VIDEO: The moment of journalist Mayada Ashraf died caught on camera - YouTube

VIDEO: Protests in Cairo after Sissi announces candidacy - One News Page

VIDEO: Brotherhood supporters clash with police in Cairo - YouTube

El-Sisi's supporters plan last-minute demos in his support - Ahram Online


VIDEO: A Show of Support for El-Sissi in Tahrir Square - YouTube




Egypt detainees 'routinely tortured’ (VIDEOS) - BBC News

VIDEO: 'Beatings and abuse' claims in Egypt custody - BBC News

Arab Organization for Human rights (AOHR): Systematic torture and arbitrary arrests of children in Egypt since the July 3 military coup - Muslim Mirror


VIDEO: Egypt: Activists claim mistreatment of young men and women in custody - YouTube


"Freedom for The Brave": 25 Jan detainees to report torture to Egypt's prosecutor-general - Ahram Online


April 6 launch campaign to revoke protest law - Ahram Online




Egypt's political forces react to El-Sisi's candidacy - Ahram Online

Who opposes Sisi for president? - Cairo Post

POLL:  51% of Egyptians said they will vote for el-Sissi while 45% didn’t decide yet  -

Sisi's Egypt presidency bid ignites war on Twitter -

VIDEO: Egypt: al-Sisi presidential bid prompts joy and concern - YouTube

VIDEO: Will the Upcoming Egypt Elections Be Fair? -

Egypt’s Christians Place Their Faith in Al-Sisi’s Presidential Bid -


The Copts Choice: Where Do Coptic Christians Stand On Egyptian Politics? - Persecution News


Egypt's Workers Pose Challenge to President-to-Be Sisi -


Washington not backing any Egyptian candidate - Arab News


Egypt: Al-Sisi's run for President: Bonapartism and Gulf Oil Money - Informed Comment


Will UAE Aid Empower Egypt's Military?


Egypt’s Gen. El-Sisi runs for president, sets up 10,000-strong crack force to defend his regime - DEBKAfile




Al Jazeera Journalists Are On Trial in Egypt for Doing Their Jobs - The Daily Beast

Al Jazeera Journo Abdullah El-Shamy Goes On Hunger Strike In Egyptian Jail - The Daily Beast

Media crackdown more severe for Egyptian journalists - Al-Monitor

Egypt has no evidence against us, says detained al-Jazeera journalist - The Guardian


VIDEO: Jazeera Journalists detained in Egypt - CNN


VIDEO: Jazeera journalist Greste remains behind bars in Egypt - YouTube


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Turkey News - Mar 28


Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked - THE DAILY STAR

TRANSCRIPT PART 1: Turkey Intelligence Chief and FM discuss to stage a clash in Syria or a missile attack on Turkey soil as a pretext for military response - GMT

TRANSCRIPT PART 2 - Turkish Intelligence delivered 2,000 truckloads of weapons to the Syrian insurgents and sent a general to help them -

AUDIO PART 1 (Turkish): Syria talks between Turkey FM, Intelligence Chief, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary and Deputy Chief of General Staff - YouTube

AUDIO PART 2 (Turkish): Syria talks between Turkey FM, Intelligence Chief, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary and Deputy Chief of General Staff - YouTube

Ankara on alert after spying on security meeting leaked -


Press Release Regarding the Illegal Exposure of Certain Audio Records with Regard to the Tomb of Süleymanşah Memorial Outpost - Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Turkish opposition reacts to leak on alleged Syria incursion by Turkish military - Today's Zaman


Turkey says Syrian air defences put Turkish jets under radar lock - Reuters


Turkey vowed 'any measures' against Syria threats -


NATO source: We doubt there was any threat: It looks like Turkey took down the Syrian jet to help the radical groups - Twitter / potifar66


Leaks shows Iran-backed terrorist cell infiltrated Turkish gov't at highest level, Interior Minister, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) chief and Deputy Prime Minister are all involved with the Tawhid-Salam network - Today's Zaman




Turkish Court Overturns the Government’s Ban on Twitter -

Twitter fights Turkey ban with lawsuit over political freedom of speech - PCWorld

AUDIO: New leak: Reza Zarrab makes some distressed calls because 2 ministers out of 10 wouldn't take his bribes - Twitter / 06JAnk

Social media group volunteers to monitor election polls - Today's Zaman

Fuat Avni: the reason Erdoğan banned Twitter? - Today's Zaman


Two more Bugün TV news programs penalized by election board - Today's Zaman


AK Party mayor in Bolu shuts down dailies, backtracks under pressure - CİHAN


Turkish courts release eight journalists in two days - Committee to Protect Journalists


Police officer warns prosecutor of fabricated Hizmet evidence - Today's Zaman


VIDEO: Turkish PM Erdoğan hailed as 'sultan,' greeted with Ottoman army band -




Probe under way after 10-year-old hit by gas canister in Diyarbakır - Today's Zaman

Grieving mothers of victims killed in protests speak out in new video - Today's Zaman

VIDEO (Turkish): Grieving mothers of victims killed in protests speak out in new video - Radikal

Audio hinting Erdoğan behind Baykal sex tape draws massive reaction - CİHAN


'I saw Erdoğan watching that sex tape' -


Probe into Baykal's sex tape stalled with frequent prosecutor changes - Today's Zaman


AUDIO: New leak purports to show Erdogan behind Baykal sex tape which forced ex-CHP leader's resignation in 2010 -


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Egypt News - Mar 27

U.S. Warns Against Executing Brotherhood Members, It may affect the aid that Washington provides to Cairo - Israel National News

John Kerry Press Statement: Mass Trials and Sentencing in Egypt -

UN: Death penalty against 529 individuals in Egypt breaches international human rights law -

VIDEO: Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: UN condemns Egyptian mass death sentences - YouTube

HRW, Amnesty condemn Egypt death sentences - Cairo Post

Defendants were falsely recorded as present and lawyers barred from Minya courtroom ahead of mass death sentences: Defence - Ahram Online

Most Minya Convicts Not Brotherhood Members: Lawyer -

Egyptian doctor faces life on the run after mass death sentences - Reuters

VIDEO: Egypt: Reactions in Minya to the Death Sentences in Brotherhood Mass Trial - YouTube

Students in Egypt protest mass death sentences - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Egypt unrest: one killed during clashes in Cairo after mass death sentence - YouTube

VIDEO: Clashes erupt in Alexandria, Egypt after mass death sentence - YouTube

Brotherhood head, 682 others tried in Egypt after mass death sentence - Reuters

Egypt: Proceedings go ahead despite lawyers’ boycott - The Scotsman

VIDEO: Egypt lawyers boycott new mass trial of Islamists after 528 sentenced to death - One News Page

Egypt prosecutor orders other mass trials of 919 Islamists - Washington Times



Top general Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to run for president in Egypt - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Egypt: Al-Sisi announces presidential bid as fresh unrest hits Cairo - euronews

Egyptian sources: Sisi is urgently seeking completion of new arms deal with Russia - JPost

Egypt facing an arms supply problem, considering importing weapons from Russia: Interior minister - Ahram Online

Egypt mulls economic cooperation, free trade zone with Russia's customs union - THE DAILY STAR

Russian industrial zone to be established in Egypt - Daily News Egypt

Egypt says eyes Russian liquefied gas: Minister - Daily News Egypt

VIDEO ARCHIVE: Russia’s Putin gives supports to Sisi's bid for Egypt presidency in February - YouTube

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Syria/Turkey News - Mar 26, 2014


Clashes spread near Syria's border with Turkey - Yahoo News

Kessab Targeted by Al-Qaeda Front Groups in Cross-Border Attack from Turkey, The majority of the Armenian population evacuated - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Homes in Kessab Looted, Occupied - Asbarez Armenian News

Fundraising organized to help Kessab residents in Syria -

Armenian President Sargsyan makes press statement on Kessab in The Hague - Panorama

Armenian deputies head to Syria - ARMENPRESS


VIDEO: Syrian rebels seize Armenian town Kessab near Turkey - Al Jazeera


VIDEO: Al Jazeera TV interviewing a Chechnyan commander of the attack on Kessab-Latakia -


VIDEO: Raw Video of Heavy Clashes In Latakia Region On The Border With Turkey  - YouTube


Syria rebels claim capture of Samra coastal village in Assad heartland - AFP


VIDEO: Syria rebels claim capture of Samra coastal village in Assad heartland - YouTube


Bashar al-Assad's home village under threat from Syrian opposition forces -


Jabhat al-Nusra, Chechen Factions, Capture Assad Positions At Tell Shuwehneh, Aleppo (VIDEO) -


Syrian troops thwart attack on key military site in Latakia - Yahoo News




US Armenian group says Turkey assisting rebels in Kessab - Today's Zaman

ANCA Demands White House and Congressional Action to stop Turkey facilitating rebel attacks on Kessab, Text of letter to Obama - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Bar Association Calls on Obama to Intervene on Behalf of Syrian-Armenians - Hetq

VIDEO: Video shows that Turkey permits terrorists enter Syria’s Armenian-populated Kessab - YouTube

PHOTO: Turkish Intelligence allegedly carrying wounded terrorists in Kessab -


Tensions running high on Turkey-Syria border, Turkey military reports a dozen incidents involving its aircraft and Syrian anti-aircraft defences on Monday alone - ZAMAN ALWSL


Syrian missile systems lock onto five Turkish jets as clashes rage across border - hurriyetdailynews


Syrian Army downed aTurkish Spy Blimp above Syria’s Kessab (PHOTO) -


UN urges Turkey, Syria to refrain from further military actions - Today's Zaman


Interview (Arabic) with Alawite militia leader Mihrac Ural, Discusses Turkey role in Kessab attack & denies responsibility for Bayda massacre - AlakhbarNews


Turkey Vows Action to Defend Tomb in Syria From Al-Qaeda - Bloomberg


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Turkey News - Mar 25


Erdoğan says he ordered Twitter shutdown - Today's Zaman

Erdogan threatens to extend ban to YouTube, Facebook - Al-Monitor

Turkish justice minister calls Twitter to respect laws - CİHAN

Turkey bar associations, legal experts ask courts to overturn Twitter ban, arguing it is unconstitutional and violates human rights laws - CİHAN

Is the Turkish Twitter ban even legal? Experts say no -

Turkey Twitter Ban: How 1.1 Million People Are Getting Around It, Using VPN software or anonymous browsing like Tor as well as text-to-tweet - NBC News

VIDEO: VPNs Help to Circumvent Turkey’s Twitter Blockage: Video - Bloomberg

Toronto tech firm helps circumvent Turkey’s Twitter ban -


Turkey becomes first country ever to ban Google DNS - Today's Zaman


Tweets in Turkish are down but not out, New data suggest that the efforts of Turkey’s prime minister to “wipe out” Twitter have had only limited success (GRAPH) - MIT Technology Review


US urges Turkey to restore full access to Twitter, U.S. official blog slams Ankara’s '21st century book burning’ - CI˙HAN


Ban on Twitter condemned by the EU officials - CİHAN


Shutdown of social media 'cannot be approved,' President Gül writes on Twitter -


In voice recording new evidence of Erdoğan meddling in media - Today's Zaman


PM bypassing president in rector appointments, leak shows - CİHAN


Questioning of students illegal, violates human rights - Today's Zaman


Turkish gov’t reshuffles over 200 judges and prosecutors amid graft probe -


More officers at police department suspended - Today's Zaman


Al-Qaeda made use of police force reshuffle with a deadly attack on Turkish security forces- Today's Zaman




AK Party uses state, municipality resources for İstanbul rally - CİHAN

A video purports to reveal the government’s use of public money to attract large crowds to their rallies before the election (VIDEO) - Aydinlik

Election board, political parties step up measures against vote rigging - Today's Zaman

Turkey’s Anti-Fraud Army Prepares for Local Elections - Bloomberg

Ruling AKP's demand for list of ballot box clerks raises election fraud concerns -

Election fraud concern grows, taking advantage of holes in a computer program and manipulating a small group of public servants -

POLL: Race head to head in Turkey’s elections - Independent Balkan News Agency


1,500 AK Party members resign and join MHP in Ankara - Today's Zaman


Erbakan: Now, devout Muslims vote for CHP - Today's Zaman


Hallmark of political Islam criticizes Erdoğan's policies - Today's Zaman


[Part 5] Gülen says ballot box is not everything in a democracy - CİHAN


‘No more Turkish Olympics for the individual in Pennsylvania,’ PM says -


Rapid GDP growth not peculiar to AK Party rule, Data reveals that most emerging economies with similar per capita GDP trends as Turkey have achieved the same or even higher economic growth - Today's Zaman




Syrian warplane shot down by Turkey military, concerns over possible government efforts to cover up a corruption scandal ahead of elections - CİHAN

Turkish PM Accused of Playing War Games Ahead of Election, Opposition does not believe Erdogan’s account of shooting down Syrian jet - The Daily Beast

Can Erdogan take cover behind Turkish military? - Al-Monitor


Erdogan’s great patriotic war - Al-Monitor


VIDEO (Arabic): The pilot, speaking to the Syrian state television, says that he was flying over Syrian territory when a Turkish F-16 targeted his plane -


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Ukraine News - Mar 22


Putin signs reunification laws for Crimea, Sevastopol - The Voice of Russia

Crimea: Putin Orders Fireworks in Moscow to Celebrate Annexation Treaty -

VIDEO: Moscow and Crimea light up skies with fireworks to celebrate reunion - YouTube

VIDEO: Fireworks burst in Sevastopol after Crimea is declared Russian - YouTube

Russia says it will build up military presence in Crimea - Reuters

Pro-Russia militiamen seize Ukrainian ships at gunpoint - NY Daily News

VIDEO: Gunmen storm Ukrainian warship in Crimea - YouTube

Crimea's Pro-Russian Militants To Join Russian Armed Forces -

Why Crimea is so important to Russia, It is an important hub to project Russia’s naval power on a global platform - Guardian 


Crimea's Strategic Value to Russia - Center for Strategic and International Studies


Crisis in Ukraine: Russia Extends its Control over the Black Sea and Strategic Waterways - Finland Times


Current Status of the Russian Black Sea Fleet - Matthew Aid


Here Are The Ships In Russia's Legendary Black Sea Fleet (PHOTOS) - Business Insider


To understand what Russia has done you have to recognise Sevastapol’s crucial role in history, The Black Sea port is both symbolically and strategically vital - The Independent


Who's that guy in the sweater? Mystery of Putin's Crimea-deal pal solved: He is Alexei Chaly, de facto mayor of Sevastopol - MarketWatch


VIDEO: Black Sea Fleet service members patrol Sevastopol streets - YouTube


Crimea's glamorous new attorney general becomes web hit after press conference goes viral (PHOTOS) - NY Daily News


Natalia Poklonskaya: Crimean Attorney General Becomes Surprise Japanese Anime Viral Hit -


VIDEO (English subtitles): Crimea's Attorney General Natalia Poklonskaya become a new internet phenomenon - YouTube


VIDEO: Natalia Poklonskaya Japanese Anime Viral Hit - YouTube


VIDEO: Natalia Poklonskaya conquer Europe - YouTube


VIDEO (English subtitles): Natalia Poklonskaya about Ukraine government criminal case against her - YouTube




European Union signs landmark political deal with Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO: EU signs political association pact with Ukraine - DW.DE

What's in the EU-Ukraine agreement? - GlobalPost

EU Adds $1.4Bln to Ukrainian Aid After Political Deal Signed - RIA Novosti

EU imposes new sanctions against Russia after Putin signs bill annexing Crimea - Fox News

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: EU extends sanctions over Crimea - YouTube

VIDEO: EU full press conference: Ukraine deal signed, expanded sanctions against Russia (recorded live feed) - YouTube

Obama orders new round of sanctions on Russia -

President Putin mocks US sanctions, vows not to retaliate - RT News


Russian shares plummet as Western sanctions hit key sectors - The Independent


Sanctions on Russia: Why a lot more than Europe's energy is at stake (VIDEO) -


EU leaders accelerate quest to reduce energy reliance on Russia - Reuters


Russia, West ‘doomed to agree’ on gas supply issues -


Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas? - NPR


EU options on Russian energy stranglehold few and pricy - Reuters


Nuclear industry hopes Ukraine crisis to boost business in Europe - Reuters




Ukraine has no more Black Sea Fleet gas discount - Presidential spokesman - The Voice of Russia

Russia may demand $11 bn back by revoking fleet hosting deal with Ukraine – Medvedev - RT Business

Europe, Ukraine Discuss Pipeline Upgrades, Reversals - Natural Gas Intelligence


Crimea loss to cost Ukraine hundreds of billions of dollars - GlobalPost


This map shows what the loss of Crimea really means for Ukraine -


Far Right Politicians Beat Up Ukraine TV Chief – Apparently the vehemently pro-Ukrainian men were not happy with the media outlet's recent coverage of Russia - AP


VIDEO: Far Right Politicians Beat Up Ukraine TV Chief – Apparently the vehemently pro-Ukrainian men were not happy with the media outlet's recent coverage of Russia - PolicyMic


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Turkey News - Mar 21


Turkey's Erdogan threatens Twitter ban as vote looms - Reuters

Widespread Twitter outages in Turkey after PM threatens ban - Reuters

Twitter says looking into reports that service banned in Turkey - Reuters

VIDEO: Turkey's Erdogan threatens Twitter ban at election campaign rally - CNN TÜRK

MEP worried over RTÜK punishment of STV Haber for critical reporting - CİHAN

PM Erdoğan vows ‘to ban ban’ on AKP election ad (VIDEO) -

AK Party gov't behind anti-Hizmet declaration, leaked recordings allege - Today's Zaman


'Erdoğan to take action against Hizmet after restructuring judiciary' - Today's Zaman


[Part 4] Gülen calls for respect of diversity in Turkey to end polarization - CİHAN


‘Minority groups face increasing discrimination in Turkey' - Today's Zaman


Scandal over inspectors questioning students deepens with new cases - Today's Zaman


Parents, teachers protest as inspectors carry on questioning students - Today's Zaman


The Gezi Park Protests: The Impact on Freedom of Expression in Turkey - PEN International


FULL REPORT: The Gezi Park Protests: The Impact on Freedom of Expression in Turkey - PEN International


Tunceli police chief resigns, he complained over the death of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan - Today's Zaman


Graft claims against gov't will play role in Denizli mayoral election - Today's Zaman


Erdogan Handouts Bolster Appeal to Voters Unfazed by Graft Claim - Bloomberg


POLL: Konsensus survey showing main-opposition CHP lead over Erdogan's AKP in capital Ankara -




Ruling party refuses to sign on revealing corruption file in Parliament - CİHAN

Opposition accuses Parliament speaker of dishonesty about summaries of proceedings - Today's Zaman

Opposition CHP deputy says he has documents that verify PM's calls - Today's Zaman

Turkey's Erdoğan monopolizes high-value land sales, recording reveals - Today's Zaman

Konya dorm building transferred to Erdoğan's TÜRGEV for free - Today's Zaman

Erdoğan ally Cengiz İnşaat acquires historical grove for free - CİHAN

Ministry to approve construction in national parks without long-term plan - Today's Zaman


Greenpeace: Turkish gov't destroying forests to promote construction - Today's Zaman


In new leak, Zarrab bribes ex-minister to sack police official - Today's Zaman


Audio reveals another alleged bribe delivery to former EU minister Bagis - Today's Zaman


Theologians condemn former EU minister Bagis: Mocking Quran's verses blasphemous - CİHAN


THY Chairman Topçu illegally asks for quota from YÖK, recording reveals - Today's Zaman


Kılıçdaroğlu warns against possible pre-election incursion into Syria - CİHAN


New leaked tape reveals THY carried suspicious cargo to Nigeria - CİHAN


AUDIO (and transcript): How Weapons Transported To Nigeria? -  Erdogansdollars


Al-Qadi allegedly manipulating Turkish foreign policy on Egypt - CİHAN


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Ukraine News - Mar 20


VIDEO: President Obama: No U.S. Military Action in Ukraine - NBC 7 San Diego

U.S. defense chief praises Ukraine's restraint in Crimea crisis - Yahoo News

Ukraine to Pull All Its Forces From Crimea, Conceding Loss -

Ukraine to Deploy More Troops on Border With Russia - RIA Novosti

Pro-Russian Forces Seize Ukraine Navy Headquarters in Crimea - VOA


Russia to Build Bridge to Crimea - RIA Novosti


VIDEO: Crimea: Ukrainian servicemen vacate Sevastopol naval base - YouTube


VIDEO: Russian troops seize Ukrainian navy base in Sevastopol - France 24


VIDEO: Official: Ukrainian Soldier killed in Crimea - YouTube




Crimean Tatars Will Have to Vacate Land – Official - RIA Novosti

Crimean Tatars Hardly Reassured by Putin’s Promises of Inclusion - VICE News

Crimea: Tatars Mourn Tortured Father-of-Three Reshat Ametov -

Crimea: Disappeared Tatar Man Found Killed - Human Rights Watch


VIDEO: Ethnic Cleansing Fears: Crimean Tatars mourn first suspected victim of Russian occupation - YouTube




Baltic nations look to Biden for assurance after Russia annexation of Crimea - AP

VIDEO: Joe Biden: We Stand With Baltic Allies, Against Russian Aggression - YouTube

VIDEO: Biden to Russia: US Will Defend NATO Allies - YouTube

U.S. eyes military training in Baltics after Russia 'land grab' - Reuters

In Poland, Biden Promises Allies Protection -

Poland And Lithuania Wary Of Kaliningrad Being Base Of Next Move From Russia -


AP Interview: Romanian president says Russia has created conflicts around the Black Sea - AP


Moldova tells Russia: don't eye annexation here - Yahoo News


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary regards changing Crimea’s status as unlawful -


News from Ukraine's diplomatic missions - MFA of Ukraine


Bulgarian President Plevneliev calls Consultative Council on National Security meeting on Ukraine - The Sofia Globe


Why Belarus Wants to Make Friends with the New Ukrainian Government - Belarus Digest


European leaders seek ways to curb dependence on Russian gas - Reuters


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Turkey News - Mar 19


AKP-Gulen strife worsens ahead of Turkey March 30 elections - Al-Monitor

Turkey: The Erdogan-Gulen showdown -

[Part 1] Islamic scholar Gülen calls conditions in Turkey worse than military coup - Today's Zaman

[Part 2] Islamic scholar Gülen says he cannot remain silent on corruption - Today's Zaman

[Part 3] Gülen says gov't cut back on rights and freedoms in Turkey - Today's Zaman

Turkish PM asks: Is Gulen a scholar or a spy chief? - Anadolu Agency

PM's son: Dad, let's initiate an operation against Hizmet's senior members - Today's Zaman

Ministerial bureaucrats being purged over their alleged affiliations with Hizmet - Today's Zaman

Erdoğan and AK Party deputies split over hate speech against Hizmet - Today's Zaman


RTÜK suspends 20 SHaber TV shows affiliated with the Hizmet Movement, harshest penalty of all times - CİHAN


Halkbank fed pro-government daily with TL 1.1 million, daily reports - Today's Zaman


Turkish PM Erdoğan pressured daily to fire a headscarved columnist, CHP leader says -


Recordings show Erdoğan's control over media - Today's Zaman


Ministry questions students, teachers about alleged anti-gov't propaganda - Today's Zaman


Despite protests, ministry carries on questioning at schools, dorms - Today's Zaman


Turkey: Critical Elections on March 30th - Information, Background and Analysis -


POLL:  AKP leads Ankara with 46.2% backing to CHP's 39.9% and MHP's 10.2% -


POLL:  AKP leads Istanbul with 45.3% backing to CHP's 40.6% and MHP's 5.6% -




Lawsuit filed against Erdog˘an for harsh comments about slain Berkin Elvan, PM claimed that he was a member of a terrorist organization - Today's Zaman

Witness: Berkin raised hand and told police he wanted to buy bread - Today's Zaman

Recording shows Erdoğan refused to ease tensions during Gezi Park protests - CİHAN

[Photo of the Week] 2 million people bid farewell to 15-year-old victim Berkin Elvan - Today's Zaman

Berkin Elvan Honored In Powerful Full-Page New York Times Ad -


Former AK Party deputy calls on PM to prove claims about Gezi, graft probe - CİHAN


Çermik family fears Elif will be latest victim of police brutality - Today's Zaman


Two women detained over ‘ugly’ gesture at Turkish PM Erdoğan released -


Turkish police detain shoebox seller ahead of Erdoğan rally - Today's Zaman


Ex-army chief arrested upon PM's order, says retired police official - Today's Zaman


Europe court condemns Turkey over jailed Kurd leader - THE DAILY STAR


Turkish Airlines allegedly ships arms to Nigeria jihadist Boko Haram, tape reveals - Yahoo News




Erdoğan sought graft prosecutor’s help to halt probe, new tape reveals - Today's Zaman

PM's undersecretary ordered police chief to detain graft prosecutor - CİHAN

Police prevented from wiretapping any suspects for 3 months - CİHAN

Turkey's main opposition exposes alleged phone traffic between PM and family on Dec 17 -


Bank receipt hints luxury apartments bought with money at PM's house - Today's Zaman


Historic mansion transferred illegally, leaked audio reveals - Today's Zaman


To make room for development, Turkish officials ‘enlarge' islands - Today's Zaman


Zarrab sent former EU minister half a million euros as holiday present - Today's Zaman


Police Report: Former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Reza Zarrab (Riza Sarraf) - Turkey Islamic Justice and Development


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Ukraine News - Mar 18


U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea sovereignty after the 97-percent vote to secede from Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO (and transcript): Obama announces sanctions after Crimea referendum - The Washington Post

Exclusive: Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators - The Daily Beast

Europe analysts say sanctions won't dissuade Putin - usatoday

What further sanctions could Russia face? - BBC News

Russia’s $160 Billion Stick Hinders Crimean Sanctions - Bloomberg

Russia’s Unconventional Weapon: Natural Gas - The New Yorker


Europe will find it difficult to wean itself off Russian gas - THE DAILY STAR


The EU-Russia Energy Game – Who’s in the Lead? The ongoing crisis in Ukraine may well provoke the European Union to lower its dependence on Russian energy supplies - ISN


Does Russia Need To Sell Gas More Than The EU Needs To Buy It (GRAPH)? - Zero Hedge


Germany To Play Central But Expensive Role in Sanctions against Russia - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Gazprom mulls contract changes to keep Europe clients-paper - Reuters


US Using Oil to Fight Russian Gas Politics in Ukraine? -


Russia tensions risk higher gas prices for Europe, says Eni boss -


Crimea moves to nationalise Ukraine energy firms - GlobalPost




White House statement on Crimean referendum: Illegal poll administered under threats of violence and intimidation from the Russian military - Washington Post

Crimean referendum consistent with intl legal norms, UN Charter - Putin tells Obama - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Evidence that Crimean referendum vote was rigged, Although 38 percent of the Crimean population is ethnically Ukrainian or Tatar, only 3 percent of Crimeans voted against seceding from Ukraine [VIDEO] -


The Crimean Referendum to Join Russia Was an Unconstitutional Sham - New Republic


Crimean ‘referendum at gunpoint’ is a myth, No violations reported and people were free to make their choice: intl observers - RT News


International Observers Find Crimean Referendum Strongly and Voluntarily Supported by the Crimean People - PRNewswire


VIDEO: Crimean ‘referendum at gunpoint’ is a myth, No violations reported and people were free to make their choice: intl observers - RT News


Interview with a pollster: Only 41 percent of Crimeans in the latest KIIS poll, conducted from Feb. 8-18, said Ukraine and Russia should merge into one state - FiveThirtyEight


Crimea referendum sees 123 percent turnout in Sevastopol? - The Daily Dot


Crimea Referendum Illegitimate says US Legal Scholar - VOA


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Ukraine News - Mar 15


Central and Eastern Europe Face Economic Threat From Ukraine Crisis -

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic Urge US Gas Exports Amid Ukraine Crisis - The Slovak Spectator

Eastern Europe: From leaders to ordinary people there is fear that Russia may seek more opportunities for incursions in its former imperial backyard - AP

Baltic States View Ukraine Crisis With Trepidation -

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are keeping a close eye on events in Ukraine -

A Baltic perspective on the Ukraine crisis - BUSINESS NEW EUROPE

Poland and Baltics feel heat from Crimea - BBC News


President of Poland: "Poland will not accept Crimea split from Ukraine” -


President Basescu: "Romania is unreservedly supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty and recognising the new Ukrainian authorities as the legitimate representatives of the country” -


Romania faces gas import uncertainty if Russia shuts off exports through Ukraine -


Bulgarian Foreign Min. Urges Withdrawal of Russian Troops from Crimea -


London School of Economics: Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania would be hardest hit by a suspension of Russian gas exports through Ukraine - Стандарт Нюз


Slovakia Officially Rejects Crimea Referendum - The Daily Slovakia


Slovakia boosts German gas imports as Ukraine cut looms - Reuters


Czech PM says the Ukrainian government is legitimate, adding that the referendum is at variance with Ukrainian legislation - PRAGUE POST


Moldova alarmed over 'contagious' separatism in Ukraine's Crimea - Reuters


EU, U.S. urged to support Ukraine, Moldova in case of Russia s energy blackmail - Ukrinform


The Lithuania Seimas strongly condemns Russia's military aggression in Ukraine - The Lithuania Tribune


PM: Patriot missiles could be deployed in Lithuania, if needed - The Lithuania Tribune


Russia Suspends Some Trade via Lithuanian Port, PM Says - VOA


Estonia supports Ukraine's integrity, denies recognition of Crimean referendum -


In wake of Ukraine crisis, Estonia woos ethnic Russians: Expert - The Times of India


President Lukashenko: Belarus has not halted cooperation with Ukraine - BELTA


Kremlin jets in joint exercise with Belarus - The Australian


Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia sign joint military pact to operate under NATO and EU auspices in response to the Ukraine crisis - Channel NewsAsia


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Turkey News - Mar 14


Turkey's Erdogan condemns protesters as deaths fuel tensions - Reuters

VIDEO: Erdogan says protests 'nothing to do with democracy' - YouTube

Ex-EU Minister Bağış raises eyebrows with ‘necrophiles’ tweet during Berkin Elvan’s funeral -

Turkish PM’s top adviser’s Twitter account gets hacked with messages of solidarity with the Berkin Elvan protests -

Turkey’s opposition leader visits Elvan family - Anadolu Agency

İstanbul court removes obstacle to Gezi Park construction project - Today's Zaman


Approximately 40 arrested after protests in Ankara following the funeral of the teenager Berkin Elvan -


VIDEO: Protests Turn Violent After Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan's Funeral Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Protests Turn Violent After Gezi Victim Berkin Elvan's Funeral Part 2 - YouTube


Funeral of young man Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters cause tension in sensitive area -


VIDEO: Massive funeral of Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters Part 1 - YouTube


VIDEO: Massive Funeral of Karamanoğlu killed by a “stray bullet” fired by Berkin Elvan protesters Part 2 - YouTube




Interior minister Efkan Ala ordered purge of police officers, new wiretap reveals - Today's Zaman

More on the recordings of Interior Minister Efkan Ala - Today's Zaman

PM's undersecretary orders governor to call in raid on journalist's house - CİHAN

New audio leaks further prove AK Party government's control of media - CİHAN

Turkey's AK Party using state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation as propaganda mouthpiece - Today's Zaman

Cost of a 15-minute meeting with PM Erdoğan is TL 500,000 - Today's Zaman


Turkish PM refutes claims of accounts in Swiss banks -


Opposition: Dec. 17 graft probe exposes exchange of state secrets for bribes - Today's Zaman




European Parliament slams Turkey over rights, graft probe in report - CİHAN

FULL REPORT: European Parliament Progress Report on Turkey - European Parliament

Ankara disappointed over European Parliament resolution -

EUobserver: EU Turkish diplomats embarrassed over Erdoğan - CİHAN


VIDEO: Erdogan on Gülenists: They are Worse than Shiites - YouTube


Turkey presses on with Gulen school closure - Al Jazeera English


Fidan gives anti-Hizmet file to US gov't, then visits Gülen, Karaca says - CİHAN


Ex-AKP lawmaker and minister says he will vote for main opposition in elections -


FULL REPORT: Turkey Goes to the Ballot Box: 2014 Municipal Elections and Beyond - Brookings Institution


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