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  • Ukrainian troops take position next to burning tires at a pro Russian checkpoint following an attack by Ukrainian troops outside in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mika Velikovskiy)

    Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents, Russia Launches Military Exercises

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia began new military exercises near its border with Ukraine, the defense minister announced Thursday, after Ukrainian forces launched an operation... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a media meeting organized by the Russian People's Front in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia’s interest in the online industry. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    Russia Pres. Putin Calls Internet a ‘CIA Project’

    MOSCOW—President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia’s biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company’s shares plummeting... Read more

  • Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks at a conference called Ukraine-Russia Dialogue in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Russia’s most famous prisoner, the former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has harshly criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying he was pressuring Ukraine out of petty vengeance. Khodorkovsky, who spent 10 years in prison, spoke at the opening of a conference in Kiev devoted to fostering ties between Ukraine and Russia, despite Russia’s annexation of Crimea.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Khodorkovsky Criticizes Putin For Crimea, East Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine—Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s most famous prisoner, has harshly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin over the annexation of Crimea and Russian pressure against Ukraine... Read more

  • Black smoke billows from burning tires at a checkpoint following an attack by Ukrainian troops outside Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation." (AP Photo/Mika Velikovskiy)

    Russia Holding Military Exercises Near Ukraine Border

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Russia’s defense minister on Thursday announced new military exercises along the Ukrainian border just hours after Ukrainian troops killed at least two pro-Russia insurgents... Read more

  • European Union President Herman Van Rompuy (R) shakes hands with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk before their bilateral meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels on April 23, 2014. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

    BRUSSELS—Official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union’s leading institutions vulnerable to corruption, an independent report says. The report, from the... Read more

  • Pro-Russian gunmen stop a car after a night fight at the check point which is under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    At Least Two Killed in East Ukraine Clash

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in... Read more

  • A masked pro Russia protestor waves the Russian flag in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the besieged nation as an international agreement aimed at stemming its ongoing crisis appeared in doubt. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Clashes in East Ukraine Leave at Least 2 Dead

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in... Read more

  • Extradition In Amanda Todd Case Could Come Before Dutch Trial

    VANCOUVER—Dutch prosecutors says the possible extradition of a man accused of using the Internet to target underage girls, including B.C. teen Amanda Todd, won’t necessarily... Read more

  • A user of Russia’s leading social network internet site VKontakte, poses holding an iPhone showing the account page of Pavel Durov, the former CEO and founder of VKontakte, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The network’s founder, Pavel Durov, described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg, left his post as CEO and is reported to have left Russia.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russian Social Media CEO Pavel Durov Quits, Flees Country

    MOSCOW— The founder of Russia’s leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO... Read more

  • This picture taken on April 21, 2014 shows US journalist Simon Ostrowsky (C) working in front of the City Hall of Slavyansk. (AFP/Getty Images)

    American Journalist Held in Slaviansk, Ukraine by Separatists (video)

    Simon Ostrovsky, an American journalist working for Vice News seen here, has been detained in Ukraine, according to reports. At a news conference in Slaviansk... Read more

  • Pro-Russian activists with Russian flag sitting at a barricade at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Promises Response if Ukraine Russians Attacked

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Russia’s foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came... Read more

  • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French president Francois Hollande  leave at the end of the Cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Wednesday, April . 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    Slow Economy Forces France to Raise Deficit Forecasts

    PARIS—The French government has raised its public deficit forecasts amid slow growth, but is still pledging to meet the European Union deficit target of 3... Read more

  • Reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    East Ukraine Pro-Russian Insurgents Hold US Journalist Captive (+video)

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.” Simon... Read more

  • FILE - This is a Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 file photo of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, right, and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as they shake hands as they pose for photos upon arrival at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. The European Union says Greece has reached a major financial milestone that was required if it were to be granted more debt relief. European Commission spokesman Simon O'Connor said Wednesday April 23, 2014 that Greece's government revenues last year exceeded expenditure when interest payment and other items were excluded. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

    Greece Hits Milestone, Opens Way for Debt Relief

    BRUSSELS— Greece has reached a major financial milestone that its creditors demanded as a precondition for being granted more debt relief, the European Commission said... Read more

  • Employees work at the Henaff factory in Pouldreuzic, western France on April 16, 2014. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

    Europe’s Economic Recovery Shows Signs of Strengthening

    FRANKFURT, Germany—A closely-watched survey has found business activity across the 18-country eurozone running at a three-year high, in perhaps the clearest sign yet that the... Read more

  • The skull and crown of Swedish 12th century King Erik IX, called Erik the Saint, are displayed in Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden on  Wednesday April 23, 2014. Researchers from Uppsala University have opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.  The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in Sweden, to display it to the public for the first time.  (AP Photo / Bertil Ericson) SWEDEN OUT

    Scholars Analyze Bones of Swedish Medieval King

    UPPSALA, Sweden— Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became... Read more

  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, from left to right, stand in the foyer prior to their Weimar Triangle meeting in Weimar, Germany, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Weimar Triangle brings together Germany, France and Poland and was established in the German city of Weimar in 1991. It exists mostly in the form of summit meetings between the leaders of these three countries. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    German, French Ministers Visit Moldova, Georgia

    BERLIN— The German and French foreign ministers are making a joint visit to Moldova and Georgia, former Soviet republics that have breakaway regions with Russian-speaking... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Pro-Russian Insurgents Hold Journalist Captive

    DONETSK, Ukraine— Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist who has not been since early Tuesday. Simon... Read more

  • Reporters listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech, displayed on TV screens during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow, Thursday, April 17, 2014. . (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Analysis: Putin Likely to Ignore US Warnings on Ukraine

    MOSCOW — Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice... Read more

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, is greeted by Oleksandr Turchynov, the acting Ukrainian prime minister and president, Tuesday, April 22, 21014 in Kyiv. Biden's visit to Ukraine comes at a crucial time, days after an international agreement was reached aimed at quelling violence in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Supinsky, Pool)

    Ukraine Orders New Military Operation in the East

    KYIV, Ukraine— Ukraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country’s east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted... Read more