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Ukraine confirms pro-Western PM with mammoth tasks ahead

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday confirmed pro-Western Arseniy Yatsenyuk as premier to lead a new coalition government, while fresh attacks in the east provided a reminder of the steep challenges ahead.

NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea

Kiev - NATO's top military commander said he was "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region.

Banking system shut down in rebel-held east Ukraine

Donetsk - Cash machines stopped working in rebel-held east Ukraine on Wednesday and businesses no longer accepted credit cards after the authorities in Kiev moved to shut down the banking system.

NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea

Kiev - NATO's top military commander said Wednesday he was "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks across the whole Black Sea region.

Ukraine's NATO hopes still a long way off

Kiev - For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

Rebels urge UN to send peacekeepers into east Ukraine

Kiev - Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine called on Tuesday for an emergency UN Security Council session that could authorise sending international peacekeepers into the war zone.

France delays warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - France on Tuesday pushed back "until further notice" the delivery of a controversial warship to Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking a measured initial response from Moscow.

France halts warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the Ukraine crisis.

Conditions not right to deliver warship to Russia: France

Paris - France's foreign minister Tuesday said the conditions were not right to deliver a high-tech warship to Russia given the Ukraine crisis, as pressure from Moscow grows to hand over the vessel.

The fear and the chaos of a missile attack in east Ukraine

Donetsk - There was a blinding flash, then complete darkness and thick clouds of dust. A missile had just hit Ivan Balabanov's house in rebel-held east Ukraine. Stunned, Ivan groped around in the pitch black to find his flashlight.

Burkina military retains powerful posts in new cabinet

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's new interim government will hold its first meeting Monday, with the military retaining powerful posts three weeks after the army took over in the wake of a popular revolt.

Teenage cadets swear allegiance to Ukraine rebel state

Donetsk - Not long ago, the cadets at the military academy in east Ukraine's industrial hub of Donetsk swore allegiance to the Ukrainian flag.

Burkina government set to be named after delay

Ouagadougou - The delayed announcement of Burkina Faso's interim government ministers is expected on Sunday, with the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

Burkina waiting on new government announcement

Ouagadougou - The expected announcement of Burkina Faso's government was delayed Saturday, leaving the country waiting to see the extent of military influence under civilian President Michel Kafando.

Russia regime change West's real aim in Ukraine row: Lavrov

Kiev - Russia on Saturday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the Ukraine conflict in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War.

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Kiev - Ukraine said Russia has thousands of troops in its conflict-ravaged east and vowed to boost its own military capacity, ratcheting up tensions Saturday after Kiev's new coalition pledged to make joining NATO a priority.

Fears of army influence as interim Burkina PM picks team

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso army strongman and new Prime Minister Isaac Zida is set Saturday to name his ministerial team, amid fears of continued military influence over the phased return to democratic rule.

Yatsenyuk to remain Ukraine PM in coalition: President

Kiev - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will keep his post to lead a new coalition government after a deal between the country's pro-Western parties, President Petro Poroshenko said Friday.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

A year after Kiev protests, Ukraine vanishes in rebel east

Donetsk - The symbols of Ukraine have been hidden somewhere in the school in the country's war-torn east -- but the headmistress will not say exactly where.

Ukrainian pro-Western parties sign coalition deal

Kiev - Pro-Western lawmakers in Ukraine announced Friday the creation of a parliamentary coalition which, for the first time, will be able to pass amendments to the constitution.

Ukraine shelled from Russian territory: Kiev

Kiev - Ukraine's military on Friday accused Russia of shelling its territory for the first time since the signing of a nominal ceasefire in early September.

Ukraine declares NATO ambition on protests anniversary

Kiev - Ukraine's new coalition government declared joining NATO a priority Friday in a move likely to provoke fresh Russian anger as thousands gathered in Kiev to mark the first anniversary of protests which unleashed a year of turmoil.

NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

Tallinn - NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

Nearly 1,000 killed during Ukraine ceasefire, UN says

Kiev - Almost 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a truce came into effect in September, an average of 13 people a day, the United Nations said Thursday, as the conflict in the east drags on.

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine: OSCE  

Kiev - A convoy of international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was shot at by "uniformed personnel" in east Ukraine, the organisation said Thursday.

No regrets for protesters who sparked Ukraine revolution

Kiev - When Igor Romanenko's friend suggested heading to a gathering on Kiev's Independence Square a year ago Friday, he had no idea he was about to witness the birth of a movement that would change his country forever.

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country.

Ukraine rebel leader Plotnitsky challenges president to duel

Kiev - A rebel leader in east Ukraine on Wednesday challenged President Petro Poroshenko to a duel, claiming it could bring peace to the war-torn region.

How to identify a Russian tank in Ukraine — By British embassy

Kiev - Britain's embassy in Kiev risked provoking fresh Russian ire Wednesday by posting a diagram on Twitter "to help the Kremlin spot its tanks" in Ukraine."#Putin still denying #Russia's troops & hardware are in #Ukraine.
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