Thursday, June 26, 2014
On Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand, the upper house of Russian parliament on Wednesday canceled a resolution allowing the use of military in Ukraine, a move intended to show Moscow's eagerness to de-escalate tensions and avoid a new round of Western sanctions.
Concern about the economic impact of the crises in Ukraine and Iraq pushed business confidence in Germany to a six-month low in June, data showed on Tuesday.
For one year, Greta Taubert renounced our consumer society. Eating, drinking and dressing without spending a cent, the 30-year-old German woman wanted to see what life would be like if the economic system collapsed.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking Tuesday, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to respect a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that have killed hundreds and ravaged the country's industrial heartland.
British Prime Minister David Cameron will call for an “unprecedented” vote of EU leaders this week if the bloc seeks to push through Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission, his spokeswoman confirmed on Monday.
Pope Francis launched a scathing attack on organized crime during a trip to the heartland of a feared syndicate on Sunday, declaring all mafia members “excommunicated” from the Catholic Church.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Ukraine's new Western-backed leader agreed on Sunday to dialogue with separatists not implicated in “murder and torture” as he laid out a peace plan that Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to back.
The European Union and the United States have welcomed the unexpected release of prominent Belarus rights activist Ales Belyatsky, while urging the government to free other political prisoners as well.
Today marks the Grand Duke of Luxembourg's Official Birthday, the national day of the landlocked Western European country, which is also a part of the Schengen Area.