Washington - President Obama on Dec. 19 rejected critics who say he should not have opened American relations with Cuba because of that nation’s human rights record, saying the historic thaw would give the United States more sway with the Cuban government.
Beijing - A serious analysis of the current standoff over the Ukraine crisis reveals a stark reality worse than people are willing to admit. As the simmering conflicts in Ukraine continue to take lives and exacerbate the already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s eastern regions, the world is in urgent need of a solution.
The European Union's unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on Moscow as its economy tumbles.
Canada is levelling more economic sanctions and travel bans against Russia in the hope of convincing Vladimir Putin that it is time to stop funding military incursions in Ukraine.
Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Dec. 19 and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, even though market volumes were beginning to thin as investors started to reduce exposure as the end of year approaches, traders said.
The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan will visit Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko early next week.
Tetyana Naumenko and her friends, holed up in a frigid abandoned fort near Kyiv's city center, are ripping up wedding dresses. It's for a good cause.
Washington - President Barack Obama said the Keystone XL pipeline - which Republican congressional leaders have said they intend to approve legislation to authorize early next year - is "not even going to be a nominal benefit to U.S. consumers."
Paris - It's a rare occasion when European Union leaders end a summit in just one day, but that's what happened Dec. 18 when heads of state wrapped up their last big meeting of the year before midnight in Brussels.
Maj. Linas Pakutka walked back and forth behind the line of soldiers lying in the snow-crusted field, a line of distant pines forming a jagged horizon in the twilight sky. His command to fire was barely audible in the fierce wind.
In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains 'extremely serious' for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.
President Barack Obama is addressing reporters at the White House on Friday afternoon, amid the FBI's announcement that it's determined North Korea is behind the massive Sony hack and Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.
Standard & Poor's cut Ukraine's credit rating to "CCC-" with a negative outlook from "CCC", citing concerns over a delay in the release of the next tranche of bailout to the country and over its falling currency reserves.
Boasting about the Russian military's capability, President Vladimir Putin vowed on Dec. 19 to continue an ambitious weapons modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed concern on Dec. 19 that EU sanctions against Moscow for its actions in Ukraine could destabilise Russia and warned against "turning the screw" any further.
Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school.
Brussels - Senior officials from the Group of Seven developed nations will discuss Ukraine's financing needs on Dec. 20 afternoon, according to three European officials, as efforts continue to fill a funding gap estimated at around $15 billion through early 2016.
Ukraine, mired in a power crisis due to a thermal coal shortage, will allow all companies to import electricity, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said on Dec. 19 as he urged consumers to save energy.
This year we witnessed two decades of genuine efforts to build a reliable post-Cold War security system shattered by the desire of one country, driven by its imperial ambitions, to reestablish the long-gone division lines of the previous century.