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Russia must influence separatists to end Ukraine crisis, says Merkel

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BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict.

After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer

NEW YORK - From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent.

World, North Korea 27 Dec 2014

Belarus' Lukashenko dismisses prime minister and top ministers

MINSK - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed the country's prime minister, central bank head and other top ministers, the presidential press service said on Saturday, in the biggest government reshuffle since 2010.

World, 27 Dec 2014

Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

MOSCOW/KIEV - Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

World, 27 Dec 2014

Kiev, rebels exchange POWs; trains, buses to Crimea suspended

KIEV - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region. | Video

World, 27 Dec 2014

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

KIEV - Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

World, United Nations 27 Dec 2014

Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

MOSCOW - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said on Friday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month's ruble crisis. | Video

26 Dec 2014

Kiev, rebels exchange POWs; trains, buses to Crimea suspended

KIEV - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region.

World, 26 Dec 2014

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels swap hundreds of prisoners

KIEV - Ukrainian authorities and separatists exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.

World, United Nations 26 Dec 2014

Russia's new military doctrine names NATO as key risk

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.

World, 26 Dec 2014
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Indonesia halts search for missing AirAsia plane as night falls

JAKARTA - Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after pilots requested a change in course to avoid bad weather. | Video