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  • US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 7:34 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 3:22 pm
  • DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises.

  • Poland and Spain split points for 1-1 in Fed Cup 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:53 pm
  • BARCELONA, Spain - Agnieszka Radwanska beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa to give Poland the first point of its Fed Cup World Group playoff against Spain on Saturday, only for sister Urszula Radwanska to surrender a one-set lead and lose to Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

  • Czech Republic leads Italy 2-0 in Fed Cup semis 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:00 am
  • OSTRAVA, Czech Republic - The Czech Republic took a commanding 2-0 lead over defending champion Italy in their Fed Cup semifinal Saturday after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles matches in straight sets.

  • EU official against cutting Russia gas ties 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 6:17 am
  • BERLIN - A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work on diversifying supplies.

  • Putin: no blocks to boosting relations with West 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:22 am
  • MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Time not on side of Russia-Ukraine detente deal 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:03 am
  • WASHINGTON - Not until the final minutes of more than seven hours of negotiating was an agreement struck in Geneva this week to calm boiling tensions along the shared border between Russia and Ukraine. But the deal won't be sealed until its terms are met, and patience is wearing thin as time runs out.

  • 57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:41 pm
  • VIENNA - A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground.

  • Rice: Obama disgusted by anti-Semitic leaflets 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:04 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's national security adviser says anti-Semitic leaflets distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama has bluntly expressed his disgust.

  • Bank of Cyprus sells business in Ukraine, Romania 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 12:04 pm
  • FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus - Cyprus' largest bank says it has sold off its business in Ukraine and a stake in a Romanian bank to help reduce risk and improve cash flow for the troubled lender.

  • UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:41 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

  • Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:02 pm
  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced Thursday.

  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions - for now 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:29 pm
  • GENEVA - In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

  • US senators support Moldova in EU bid 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:16 pm
  • CHISINAU, Moldova - Four U.S. senators visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union, while Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.

  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:19 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.

  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:06 pm
  • WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

  • US decries anti-Semitic leaflets in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:27 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday condemned as "grotesque" the distribution of leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. U.S. officials also denounced other instances of religious intolerance that are inflaming tensions the crisis in Ukraine and said no such behavior could be tolerated.

  • Oil tops $104 on Ukraine fears 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:09 pm
  • The price of oil rose past $104 per barrel Thursday on worries over the upheaval in Ukraine.

  • Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:46 pm
  • MOSCOW - Kremlin-controlled television channels criticized The Associated Press' international television service for cutting into its live feed of President Vladimir Putin's nearly four-hour call-in show to send footage from other developing news stories, including the attempted raid on a Ukrainian national guard base.

  • Croatia extradites ex-spy to Germany 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:19 pm
  • BERLIN - A former top spy in Yugoslavia's feared secret service has been extradited to Germany, where he is wanted in connection with murder of a political dissident 31 years ago.

  • Text of joint statement on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:30 pm
  • GENEVA - Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday in Geneva:

  • Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:01 pm
  • GENEVA - Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

  • US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:55 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's "dangerously irresponsible" efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

  • Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:10 pm
  • BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises.

  • Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:04 pm
  • KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine.