- Crimea's parliament pushes for independence Updated: Mar-11-14 4:20 pm
- EU ready to provide Ukraine aid worth $15 billion Updated: Mar-05-14 5:54 pm
- US, Europe considering sanctions on Kiev leaders Updated: Feb-19-14 3:21 pm
- Rival Cyprus leaders resume peace talks Updated: Feb-11-14 9:20 pm
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - As the campaign increased for tension-filled Crimea to split off from Ukraine in a weekend referendum and join Russia, the region's parliament said Tuesday that if voters approve the move it would first declare itself an independent state, a maneuver that could de-escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.
BRUSSELS - The European Union is ready to give Ukraine 11 billion euros ($15 billion) in loans and grants over the coming years to help stabilize its economy, the head of the bloc's executive arm said Wednesday.
BRUSSELS - Following the deadly clashes in Ukraine's capital, the Obama administration and European governments are talking about imposing punitive sanctions, the Kremlin has blamed the West for stirring up trouble and the pope has issued a special appeal for peace. A roundup of Wednesday's international reactions:
NICOSIA, Cyprus - The leaders of Cyprus' rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities embarked Tuesday on a new round of talks aimed at achieving the long-elusive goal of reunifying the ethnically split island nation.