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  • EU eyes new travel, asset sanctions against Russia

    March 14, 2014 9:51 PM 16

    Photos of the day: March 14, 2014 British and French diplomats told The Associated Press on Tuesday that officials are preparing a second round of sanctions on top of an initial round imposed last week. Those deemed responsible for undermining Ukrainian territorial integrity and promoting instability would suffer travel bans and frozen assets

  • We treat him like he’s mad, but Vladimir Putin’s popularity has just hit a 3-year high

    March 14, 2014 7:01 PM 17

    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi, Russia, on March 7. (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP) As the situation in Crimea grew increasingly tense over the past few weeks, many in Western Europe and the U.S. began to wonder what exactly Russian President Vladimir Putin was thinking

  • China sees happy minorities and terrorists in Xinjiang

    March 14, 2014 5:06 PM 12

    Beijing (AFP) - Chinese portrayals of the far western region of Xinjiang veer from a happy land of dancing minorities to a hotbed of dangerous separatist terrorism, polarised and simplistic viewpoints that experts say are used to justify domination and harsh security. The vast area has drawn international attention for its spasms of violence, which officials

  • Crimean Tatars wary of Russia referendum

    March 14, 2014 3:12 PM 12

    NATO should interv­ene in Crimea 'before massac­re', says Tatar leader­ BAKHCHYSARAY / SIMFEROPOL: Victims of Stalin’s mass deportations in 1944, Crimea’s Tatar Muslim minority look wearily on next week’s referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights. At the Great Mosque in Bakhchysaray, near the southern

  • US commander: More focus on Haqqani militants  

    March 13, 2014 11:22 PM 5

    WASHINGTON: The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says allied and Afghan forces are putting a greater focus on going after the Haqqani militant network, which has threatened to disrupt the Afghan presidential elections in April. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said the effort includes a U.S. move to "crank up the heat" on the group´s financing and freedom

  • Iran hosts a “friends of Syria” conference in support of Assad

    March 13, 2014 6:55 PM 12

    Tehran- Iran hosted a rival version of a "Friends of Syria" conference on Wednesday, convening lawmakers from allies around the world to push for a diplomatic solution to Syria's civil war and lambaste alleged Western interference. Iran is a longtime ally of President Bashar al-Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam, providing

  • Merkel: Russia to face massive damage if no progress made on Ukraine

    March 13, 2014 3:59 PM 20

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays out her governments policy on Ukraine by addressing delegates at the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament in Berlin on March 13, 2014. (AFP Photo / Odd Andersen) Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Russia risks “massive political and economic consequences” if it sticks to its position on Ukraine

  • Syed Ali Geelani flies to Delhi for treatment

    March 13, 2014 11:01 AM 18

    SRINAGAR: One of Indian-held Kashmir's best-known separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, is battling an acute respiratory infection and has been flown to New Delhi for hospital treatment, a party spokesman said Thursday. Geelani, 84, has for years suffered from multiple health ailments including a heart condition that requires a pacemaker and serious

  • Russia can't thwart Afghan war drawdown, U.S. commander says

    March 13, 2014 10:49 AM 30

    By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia, locked in a standoff with the West over Ukraine, would be unable to thwart a complete or partial U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan even if it cut off access to Russian supply routes, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday. Asked at a Senate hearing whether the United States could still get its equipment

  • Pakistan help crucial for Afghan success: US General

    March 13, 2014 6:01 AM 16

    The U.S. cannot envision success in Afghanistan without cooperation from Pakistan, a top American commander based in Kabul has told lawmakers. “I find it difficult to envision success in the region without cooperation of Pakistan and without an effective relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” General Joseph Dunford, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces