Ukraine launches Western-style police force to set a marker for reform


KIEV - The first 2,000 recruits of a new Ukrainian police force passed out in the capital Kiev at the weekend, intended by the government as a visible sign of its commitment to shake off a deep-rooted culture of corruption in public institutions.


BRICS summit gives Putin a chance to show Russia not isolated 9:27am EDT

MOSCOW - The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated.


Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink 8:52am EDT

BRUSSELS - NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe's security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow.

Landmine kills five Ukrainian soldiers in separatist east 05 Jul 2015

KIEV - Five Ukrainian servicemen were killed and three wounded by a landmine in the separatist Luhansk region, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday.

Russia outraged by Poland's removal of Soviet war memorial 04 Jul 2015

MOSCOW/WARSAW - Russia said on Saturday it was outraged by Poland's destruction of a Soviet war monument, warning Warsaw of the "most negative consequences" after what it said was a flagrant violation of an agreement between the two countries on protecting memorial sites.


75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future 04 Jul 2015

ASTANA/ALMATY - Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy.


Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect 04 Jul 2015

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day.

U.S. Treasury guarantees bond issue by Jordan, rare form of aid 03 Jul 2015

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. Treasury, at the behest of the U.S. State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), guaranteed $1.5 billion worth of bonds issued by Jordan earlier this week.


Dutch seek U.N. tribunal to prosecute downing of Malaysian plane 03 Jul 2015

THE HAGUE - The Dutch government is lobbying its political allies for the establishment of a U.N. tribunal to prosecute suspects in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine a year ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Russia waits in wings as Greek debt crisis deepens 03 Jul 2015

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin must be finding it hard to contain a wry smile as the European Union struggles with Greece's debt problems.


Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after thunderous 'No'

ATHENS/FRANKFURT - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing one major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. | Video