Ukraine

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

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BRUSSELS - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. | Video

Factbox: EU targets Russian officials in sanctions list 10:20pm EDT

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Saturday added 15 Russians and Ukrainians and 18 organizations to its sanctions list over the crisis in Ukraine.

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Grieving Dutch minister made Europe re-think Russia sanctions 9:32pm EDT

BRUSSELS - When Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to his European Union peers of his grief and anger over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines airliner over eastern Ukraine, it was a turning point in Europe's approach to Russia.

EU imposes sanctions on Russian security service chiefs 8:23pm EDT

BRUSSELS - The European Union said on Saturday it had imposed asset freezes on a number of top Russian officials, including the chiefs of Russia's FSB security service and foreign intelligence service.

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EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope 7:25pm EDT

BRUSSELS - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. | Video

White House: Putin, Russia are "culpable" in Ukraine plane crash 7:24pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "culpable" in the downing of a Malaysian plane over a the war zone in Ukraine and reiterated it was working with the European Union and G7 to impose further sanctions on Moscow.

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Bad weather seen as probable cause of Air Algerie crash 6:59pm EDT

PARIS/BAMAKO - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

Russia says Ukraine tried to kill officers in cross-border mortar bombing 5:30pm EDT

MOSCOW - Russian authorities accused Ukraine of trying to kill law enforcement officials who were checking reports of cross-border shooting on Friday by firing a volley of mortar rounds over the frontier into Russia.

As Russian arms flow to Ukraine, more U.S. sanctions expected 5:30pm EDT

WASHINGTON - Evidence that Russia is moving more weapons into Ukraine to arm rebels is likely to trigger more U.S. sanctions against Moscow once the European Union likely agrees its own sanctions next week, senior U.S. officials said on Friday.

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Ukraine faces bitter election in midst of conflict with Russia 4:15pm EDT

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister has launched what promises to be a bitter election campaign that could divide pro-Western parties and complicate their efforts to fight pro-Russian rebels in the country's east.

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Israel agrees to 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

JERUSALEM - Israel has agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in fighting with militants in the Gaza Strip to start at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.