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Journalist killed in Kiev car bombing buried in Belarus

Minsk - Thousands of mourners in Belarus on Saturday bid farewell to prominent independent journalist Pavel Sheremet, killed by a car bomb in Kiev, as he was buried back in the homeland where he clashed with the authorities.

Hundreds pay homage to slain Ukraine reporter

Kiev - Hundreds of mourners shed tears and laid flowers on Friday at the open casket of a top reporter whose targeted car-bomb slaying sent shock waves through Ukraine's tight-knit journalistic community.

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.

Top reporter's murder sends shivers through Ukraine media

Kiev - The brazen murder of a prominent independent reporter in a Kiev car bombing has sent chills through Ukraine's tight-knit journalistic community at a time when it already faced grave threats.

Suspected boss of online piracy site Kickass Torrents arrested

Washington - The alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with US criminal charges Wednesday, accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

Pavel Sheremet: Fearless journalist killed in Ukraine

Kiev - Belarus-born journalist Pavel Sheremet, who was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Wednesday, was known for his fearless criticism of the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Renowned pro-Western reporter killed in Kiev car bomb

Kiev - A car bomb in Kiev on Wednesday killed a pro-Western reporter from a news site whose founder was beheaded 16 years ago after probing the alleged crimes of Ukrainian leaders.

Seven Ukraine troops die in worst clashes in two months

Kiev - Ukraine said Tuesday seven of its soldiers had been killed and 14 wounded in "very heated" fighting that marked the bloodiest clashes with pro-Russian separatists in two months.

Ukrainians take to Facebook to break taboo over rape

Kiev - It was yet another online discussion blaming a rape victim for provoking her attacker that prompted Ukrainian activist Anastasiya Melnychenko's campaign to shatter taboos in her homeland and neighbouring Russia.

Two years on, villagers, relatives mourn MH17 crash

Ukraine - Villagers held a vigil Sunday at the site in eastern Ukraine where Flight MH17 was shot down two years ago, as bereaved relatives marked the anniversary with emotional memorial services.

Russia to deploy latest air defence systems in Crimea

Moscow - Russia will deploy its most advanced S-400 air defence systems to the annexed Crimea peninsula in August, a military official said Friday.

UN sees evidence of possible war crimes in Ukraine

Kiev - The United Nations on Thursday said Ukraine's forces had indiscriminately shelled residents while pro-Russian insurgents and Kiev battalions had summarily killed civilians in what may have constituted "war crimes".

MH17 families steel for legal fight on second anniversary

Den Haag - The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.

NATO and Russia's thorny relations

Brussels - Relations between NATO and Cold War foe Russia have often been strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of its Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991.

NATO says no 'meeting of minds' with Russia

Brussels - NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine Wednesday in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

NATO, Russia to meet after alliance troop boost

Brussels - NATO and Russia on Wednesday hold their first talks since the alliance agreed at a summit in Warsaw to beef up its presence in eastern Europe because of fears over the Kremlin's expansionism.

Ukraine and Canada sign 'milestone' free trade deal

Kiev - Ukraine and Canada signed a "milestone" free trade agreement on Monday designed to bolster support for the war-scarred former Soviet republic in the face of an increasingly assertive Russia.

Ukraine NATO membership not on agenda: Stoltenberg

Varsovia - Ukraine is making good progress in reforms to bring it into line with NATO norms but membership is not on the agenda for now, secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday.

NATO chief says 'we stand together' on Russia

Varsovia - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday that the alliance's leaders had agreed to maintain a united policy of deterrence and dialogue with a resurgent Russia."The main message...

Dutch press Moscow for MH17 radar evidence

Den Haag - Dutch investigators probing who is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 two years ago have pressed Russian authorities to hand over outstanding evidence, officials said Thursday.

Kiev renames Moscow Avenue after Russian hate figure

Kiev - The change could hardly have been more confrontational or symbolic.Ukraine's capital Kiev on Thursday renamed its Soviet-era Moscow Avenue after a Russian hate figure accused by the Kremlin of siding with the Nazis during World War II.

US envoy Kerry sees hope for end to Ukraine conflict

Kiev - US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed hope on Thursday that an end to the Ukrainian conflict was possible and praised Kiev's pro-Western leaders for their commitment to peace.

Russian actions caused 'loss of trust' with NATO: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Russia's actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West, speaking on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland.

NATO to hold new talks with Russia July 13: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO will hold fresh talks with Russia next week, just days after a landmark alliance summit endorses a major military revamp to counter a more assertive Moscow, secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

With an eye on Russia, US and Georgia ink defence pact

Tbili - The United States and Georgia signed a security deal Wednesday designed to shore up the former Soviet republic's defences against Russia as it waits to join NATO.

Rusty boat maintains a lifeline in war-torn Ukraine

Tarasovka - A rusty boat crossing a calm river in separatist east Ukraine is all that enables hundreds of people living in rebel-held territory to pick up pensions and vital supplies from the government side.

NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine 'withdrawal': Poland

Varsovia - Planned NATO talks with Moscow should be focussed solely on Russia's "withdrawal" from Ukrainian soil, Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Tuesday.

Six die, including three children, in rebel Ukraine

Kiev - Three children died in Ukraine's war-torn east as their father disassembled a grenade, and three Ukrainian troops were killed in clashes in the troubled region with pro-Russian rebels, officials said Tuesday.

NATO-Russia talks due as military build-up move looms: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO is set to hold formal talks with Russia shortly after a summit in Warsaw this week where the alliance will endorse a military build-up following the Ukraine conflict, chief Jens Stoltenberg said Monday.

EU extends Russia sanctions to January 2017

Brussels - The European Union on Friday formally extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia by six months due to a lack of progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
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