Kerry announces fresh talks with Russia on Syria

Vienna (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos. “I think our next meeting will be on the side of the […]



Obama retreats from Putin in Syria — again

FOR SEVERAL years, the Obama administration’s Syria policy has been stuck in a cycle of failure. Secretary of State John F. Kerry negotiates deals with Russia to end the fighting or create a new government in Damascus, while warning that if they are not respected by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin […]

Pro-Russian rebels accuse Ukraine of fresh offensive

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday accused government soldiers of launching a new offensive near a prized but obliterated airport in the separatists’ de facto capital of Donetsk. The claim appears to fit with a mounting death toll reported by the government in Kiev and […]

Edward Snowden performed a ‘public service’

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden broke the law by leaking classified documents that revealed the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program. But in doing so, Holder believes the NSA contractor turned whistleblower performed a “public service,” too. “We can certainly argue about the way in which […]

Internet not much help finding Chechen leader’s missing cat

Image copyrightINSTAGRAM/KADYROV_95Image captionKadyrov wrote that his family were missing their unnamed pet. In many ways it was very much like any other missing cat appeal you might find pasted up by a distraught owner seeking their neighbours’ help to find a beloved pet. “Our cat has vanished,” it began. “Ten […]

Nadiya Savchenko: Russia frees Ukraine servicewoman

Nadiya Savchenko: Russia frees Ukraine servicewoman

Russia has freed jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who became a symbol of resistance against Moscow. “I am free,” Savchenko told a crowd of reporters and politicians as she arrived in Kiev as part of a prisoner swap with two alleged Russian soldiers. She was sentenced to 22 years in […]