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Mariupol digs in as fears mount of rebel onslaught

Mariupol - Residents in east Ukraine's strategic port Mariupol dug trenches Friday as others packed up and fled over fears the city could be the next target for advancing pro-Russian rebels.

Op-Ed: Open season for terrorism as ISIS fix still a work in progress

The crisis in Syria and Iraq has seen "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with one in every two Syrians forced to run from their homes and towns. That is over three million people.

Death toll in east Ukraine conflict nears 2,600: UN

Kiev - The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, the United Nations said Friday, voicing concern about atrocities committed by armed groups and the increasing involvement of foreign fighters.

Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

Kiev - Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.

Russian troops cross border into Ukraine to aid rebel fighters

Kiev - As many as 1,000 Russian soldiers in tanks and armored personnel carriers swept into southern Ukraine on Thursday in what a top Kiev official called a "full-scale invasion" in support of anti-government rebels.

Russian troops 'directly involved' in Ukraine conflict

Kiev - Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

Donetsk - A senior NATO official said on Thursday that "well over a thousand" Russian troops were operating inside Ukraine.

Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev

Donetsk - Washington and Kiev said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart eastern Ukraine, raising fears of a direct military confrontation on Europe's eastern flank.

Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

- Rebels in east Ukraine on Wednesday appeared to have seized swathes of territory from retreating government forces, while Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country.

Seaside refuge becomes Ukraine's new front

- When 15-year-old Daniil's family packed up their belongings in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in May and moved to the coast of Ukraine's Azov Sea to get away from the fighting, they thought they were safe.

Op-Ed: Russian little green men caught in Ukraine

Donets - President Vladimir Putin has been caught lying again, just as he is meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Ten of Putin’s paratroopers were captured inside Ukraine.

Ukraine says captured 'Russian soldiers' ahead of key talks

Donetsk - Kiev's security service on Monday said its army in the war-torn east has captured 10 Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian soil, ramping up tensions on the eve of crunch talks on the conflict.

Op-Ed: Putin uses army to manipulate oil prices

Mariupol - Making him among perhaps the most cynical, if short-sighted, world leaders in history, Russia’s president is attacking and then withdrawing from Ukraine to drive oil prices up.

Kremlin plans new Ukraine convoy as border clashes rage

Mariupol - The Kremlin announced plans on Monday for a second aid convoy into Ukraine, heightening tensions on the eve of crunch talks, while fresh clashes raged along the border and around the main rebel-held city.

Rebels parade captured soldiers as Kiev marks independence day

Donetsk - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine paraded dozens of captured soldiers before a jeering crowd on Sunday in mockery of Independence Day celebrations in the capital.

Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

Kiev - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as the troubled country prepared for Independence Day celebrations on Sunday and a controversial Russian convoy returned home.

Shelling in Ukraine's Donetsk tears family apart

Donetsk - Face covered in soot, a grandfather sits in front of the three bodies of his loved ones muttering again and again his lament.They only stayed behind in Ukraine's war-torn city of Donetsk because of him, he mumbles.

Nazism joined Communism 75 years ago and we still pay the price

Uzhorod - 75 years ago, my Uncle Elemér was condemned to death when Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Russia’s Josef Stalin became allies in a pact that would directly lead to the Second World War and many other horrors.

Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

Kiev - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday, as a controversial Russian convoy returned home.

US dollar’s forex rate mixed in Asia

The dollar had a mixed foreign exchange rate in Asia on Thursday after briefly rising due to comments from Janet Yellen, Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.
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