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Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call 
April 17, 2014 08:52 PM (Last Updated: 17/04/2014 08:59 PM)
President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.
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Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work 
April 17, 2014 11:16 PM (Last Updated: 17/04/2014 11:46 PM)
President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it.
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Ukraine operation to retake east unravels ahead of talks 
By Germain Moyon, Nicolas Miletitch | April 16, 2014 07:34 PM
An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.
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Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armoured vehicles 
By Thomas Grove, Gabriela Baczynska | April 16, 2014 11:01 AM (Last Updated: 16/04/2014 03:37 PM)
Pro-Russian separatists hoist the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government's attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country's future.
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Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks 
By Gabriela Baczynska, Thomas Grove | April 16, 2014 12:07 PM
Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia stage rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future.
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Putin will keep rolling, until Obama tells him ‘no more’ 
By David Ignatius | April 17, 2014 12:10 AM
As President Barack Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the United States or Europe.
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Germany's Merkel and Russia's Putin hold call, focus on Geneva talks 
April 15, 2014 10:17 PM
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Tuesday night, focusing on the crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States to be held in Geneva on Thursday.
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Russia’s strategy in Ukraine leaves EU split over sanctions 
By Paul Taylor, Adrian Croft | April 16, 2014 12:12 AM
Russia’s apparent strategy of fostering instability in Ukraine without further overt military intervention is sharpening divisions in the European Union over whether to impose economic sanctions, making an early decision to get tough very unlikely.
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Merkel a ‘believer’ in Greece after tough reforms 
April 11, 2014 08:14 PM (Last Updated: 11/04/2014 09:47 PM)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that she “firmly believed” there was untapped potential in Greece after years of tough austerity reforms that culminated in a bond comeback this week.
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Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece 
April 10, 2014 08:33 AM
A bomb explodes outside a Bank of Greece building in central Athens, causing some damage but no injuries.
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Greece returns to international bond markets with a bang 
By Elena Becatoros | April 11, 2014 12:09 AM
Buoyant Greek officials hailed the country’s return to the international debt market after four years as an overwhelming success Thursday, with investors snapping up the five-year bond in a sale that was eight times oversubscribed.
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German cabinet gives go-ahead to dual citizenship 
April 08, 2014 04:45 PM
The German government signs off on a draft law that will allow young Germans of foreign origin to have dual citizenship, a move that relaxes some of Europe's strictest nationality laws and will benefit the large Turkish community.
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Putin chases off short sellers as stocks rebound 
By Ksenia Galouchko, Nikolaj Gammeltoft | April 08, 2014 12:12 AM
President Vladimir Putin’s pledge not to expand beyond the Crimea peninsula in Ukraine is driving short sellers out of the Russian stock market.
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Ukraine detains riot police over sniper deaths 
By Maria Danilova | April 03, 2014 11:42 AM
Authorities in Ukraine say that they have detained several members of an elite riot police unit on suspicion of shooting protesters during bloody anti-government clashes in February that left more than 100 dead.
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Russia protests over German minister's Nazi-Crimea comparison 
April 03, 2014 07:21 PM (Last Updated: 03/04/2014 07:23 PM)
Russia protested to Germany on Thursday over remarks by Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble likening Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany's expansion under Adolf Hitler.
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Russian forces to quit Ukrainian border after exercises: Lavrov 
April 03, 2014 01:07 PM
Russian troops deployed close to the Ukrainian border will return to base after completing their exercises, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.
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Anti-austerity leftist promoted in French Cabinet reshuffle 
April 03, 2014 12:28 AM
A fierce critic of budget austerity was named French economy minister Wednesday in a reshuffled government packed with strident personalities, including President Francois Hollande’s former live-in partner Segolene Royal.
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NATO orders end to cooperation with Russia 
By John-Thor Dahlburg | April 01, 2014 07:39 PM (Last Updated: 01/04/2014 07:47 PM)
NATO's foreign ministers ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and told their generals and admirals to quickly figure out ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.
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Putin briefs Merkel on Ukraine border troop withdrawal: Berlin 
March 31, 2014 07:11 PM (Last Updated: 31/03/2014 07:20 PM)
Russian President Vladimir Putin informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday about the partial withdrawal of troops he ordered from a region on the border with Ukraine, her office said.
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Putin tells Merkel Ukraine needs constitutional reform: Kremlin 
March 31, 2014 06:51 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin tells German Chancellor Angela Merkel in talks by phone that Ukraine needs constitutional reform.


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