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New OSCE chair Italy to visit Ukraine, Russia

Vienna - Italy's foreign minister said Thursday that he will visit Ukraine and Russia to "intensify" efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as part of Rome's new role as OSCE chair.

US and Russia clash over Ukraine as OSCE meets

Vienna - The United States and Russia clashed over the crisis in Ukraine as OSCE foreign ministers met in Vienna on Thursday, casting doubt on efforts to negotiate terms for a UN peacekeeping force.

Rift over Ukraine peacekeepers as OSCE meets

Vienna - Foreign ministers from the 57-member OSCE met in Vienna on Thursday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russia's Sergei Lavrov set to discuss a possible UN peacekeeping force for Ukraine.

Under Trump's shadow, Tillerson heads for Europe

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks this week on a diplomatic mission to shore up alliances in Europe and their defenses against Russian aggression and subversion.

Italian populist party requests international observers for vote

Rome - Italy's populist Five Star movement (M5S) on Thursday called for international observers to monitor next year's elections, claiming irregularities during Sicily's regional polls.

Russia asks UN to set up mission for east Ukraine

New York - Russia asked the UN Security Council on Tuesday to authorize the deployment of a lightly-armed mission to protect OSCE observers dispatched to monitor the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

OSCE chief nomination ends leadership crisis

Vienna - The OSCE on Tuesday nominated a new chief, ending an unprecedented leadership crisis within the security body after months of squabbling between member states.

OSCE breaks leadership vacuum deadlock

Mauerbach - OSCE members broke Tuesday a deadlock over an unprecedented leadership crisis within the security body at an informal gathering of member states outside Vienna.

US slams Russian intimidation of OSCE in Ukraine

Washington - The United States on Thursday accused pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine of a campaign of "violence and harassment" against unarmed OSCE teams monitoring the conflict.

Armed man 'sexually harassed' female monitor in rebel Ukraine: OSCE

Kiev - A female member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine was "sexually harassed" by an armed man in rebel territory, the group confirmed Sunday.

OSCE limits Ukraine patrols after American's death

Kiev - The OSCE said Friday it was limiting its patrols of Ukraine's eastern war zone after the death of a US paramedic in an apparent mine blast last weekend.

Ukraine opens terror probe after OSCE medic killed

Kiev - Ukraine opened a terror investigation Monday into a mine blast that killed an American medic from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's monitoring team in the country's rebel-held east.

US: Russia's actions in Ukraine 'obstacle' to improved relations

Washington - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone conversation Sunday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improved US-Russian ties, the State Department said.

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

Kiev - An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on...

Turkey vote campaign conducted on 'unlevel playing field': monitors

Ankara - Turkey's referendum campaign was conducted on an "unlevel playing field" and the vote count itself was marred by late procedural changes that removed key safeguards, international observers said on Monday.

OSCE launches Turkey poll mission despite 'limitations'

Ankara - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) launched an observer mission in Turkey on Friday ahead of a vote on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, but said there were limits on its movement.

Ukraine rebels accuse OSCE of aiding Kiev forces

Lugansk - Ukraine's Russian-backed insurgents on Friday accused a top official in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of aiding Kiev's forces in the 34-month war.

Ukraine warring sides agree heavy arms pullback: OSCE

Moscow - An international mediator on Wednesday said Ukraine's warring sides had agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the volatile frontline by February 20 in line with a tattered peace plan.

OSCE head calls for boost to Ukraine observers

Vienna - The OSCE's observer mission in eastern Ukraine needs to be strengthened by better equipment and the ability to patrol at night, the security body's new rotating chair Austria said on Thursday.

OSCE says displeased with 'status quo' in Ukraine conflict

Kiev - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which has been monitoring the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, said Wednesday it was displeased with the "status quo" in the 32-month conflict.

OSCE victim of 'major' cyber attack

Vienna - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, an international election and war monitor, said Wednesday it had become the latest global institution to suffer a "major" cyber attack.

Kerry warns OSCE of rise in 'authoritarian populism'

Hamburg - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday of "the danger of authoritarian populism" sweeping many Western democracies and cautioned against backsliding on basic freedoms.

OSCE slams Trump's 'wild speculation' of rigged vote

Vienna - The chief coordinator of the OSCE's beefed-up election observer mission in the United States denounced on Tuesday as "wild speculation" Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claims that the vote is rigged.

Putin backs armed OSCE mission to east Ukraine

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin backs an armed OSCE mission to war-torn eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said Thursday, in spite of objections by pro-Moscow rebels.

Ukraine rebels train locals to fight armed international police

- Pro-Russian insurgents in war-torn eastern Ukraine have staged sabre-rattling training exercises in preparation for the possible deployment of an armed international police force in rebel-held areas.

Monitors lose second drone in a week over rebel Ukraine

Kiev - Foreign monitors observing Ukraine's bloody eastern separatist conflict said on Friday they had lost their second surveillance drone over pro-Russian territory in a week.

Ukraine ceasefire violations 'highest in months': OSCE

Vienna - Ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine have reached their highest level in months, with violence again reaching "worrying levels," the chief OSCE monitor said Thursday.

Foreign monitors under fire in east Ukraine: OSCE

Kiev - Western monitors of Ukraine's tattered truce reported Sunday that they had come under fire during an assessment of the situation in the war-torn east of the former Soviet state.

Turkey expresses condolences to Russia over death of pilot

Belgrade - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday expressed Ankara's condolences to Russia for the death of a Russian pilot when one of its warplanes was shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border last week.

Turkey, Russia foreign ministers meet for talks after plane crisis

Belgrade - The foreign ministers of Turkey and Russia met in Belgrade on Thursday in the first high-level bilateral talks since the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets sparked an unprecedented crisis.
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International observers of the OSCE look at a fragment of an anti-tank missile during an inspection ...
International observers of the OSCE look at a fragment of an anti-tank missile during an inspection tour near the village of Shirokino on March 30, 2015
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OSCE military observers take photos during negotiations with pro-Russian soldier forces at the Chongar check point blocking the entrance to Crimea on March 7, 2014
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