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NATO Units Set for Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Ambassadors met on Monday for an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and released a statement condemning the sharp escalation of violence along the ceasefire line in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Ambassadors met on Monday for an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and released a statement condemning the sharp escalation of violence along the ceasefire line in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BRUSSELS—NATO said Friday it will deploy small units in six eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia’s...




  • An unidentified lawmaker casts his vote at the lower chamber during a voting session for the election of the new Italian President in Rome, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Lawmakers failed to elect a new Italian president Thursday in balloting that tests Premier Matteo Renzi's ability to rally his fractured party behind a candidate that is also acceptable to opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, whose support he has courted for the government's ambitious reform agenda. Even as the names on the hand-written ballots from the 1,009 electors were still being read aloud, it was clear that, as expected, no candidate had come remotely close to the two-thirds majority needed to elect a new head of state in the first three rounds. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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  • A Ukranian armored vehicle is towed on the road towards the town of Artemivsk, Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Fighting between government and Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine has intensified in recent days as rebels seek to encircle the town of Debaltseve, which hosts a strategically important railway hub. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Ukraine: Artillery Fire Kills at Least 12 Civilians in Donetsk

    KIEV, Ukraine—Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government... Read more

  • German Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economy and Energy Sigmar Gabriel attends a news conference to present the annual German economic report with the government's economy projection in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Eurozone Prices Plunge 0.6 Pct Amid Weak Growth, Cheap Oil

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Falling oil prices and a weak economy caused consumer prices in the eurozone to drop even more sharply in January ahead of the... Read more

  • Belgian Authorities Detain 4 in Anti-Terror Sweep

    BRUSSELS— Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria. Police searched... Read more

  • President Zhelyu of Bulgarian said in an interview with the AP on August 30, 1990, "that Bulgaria is seeking Western economy aid bevause "Poverty is a fact" in this crisis-ridden Balkan country. (AP-Photo/Aris Saris) 30.8.1990

    Former Bulgarian President Dies at 79

    SOFIA, Bulgaria— Zhelyu Zhelev, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria’s first democratically elected president in 1990, died Friday, his family said. He was... Read more

  • Police officers escort French citizen Fritz-Joly Joachin (C), inside a courtroom before a hearing in the town of Haskovo, Bulgaria, on Jan. 20, 2015. A Frenchman wanted in connection with deadly terrorist attacks in Paris was extradited on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 from Bulgaria to France, where he is facing charges of links to terrorism. (AP Photo)

    Frenchman Linked to Attackers Charged, Incarcerated

    PARIS—French authorities filed preliminary terrorism charges Thursday against a Frenchman extradited from Bulgaria and linked to gunmen behind deadly attacks in Paris, a judicial official said... Read more

  • Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (2R) speaks with (L-R), French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Harlem Desir, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. EU foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss the latest fighting in Ukraine and possible further sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    EU to Extend Existing Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

    BRUSSELS—The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern... Read more

  • Pro-Russia rebels stand guard at a checkpoint in Enakieve, 25 kilometers from the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve, on Jan. 29, 2015. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ukraine: Russia-Backed Rebels Overrun Another Town in East

    ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine—Ukraine’s military conceded Thursday that its forces had been overrun by Russian-backed separatist forces in another town in their battle to hold onto a... Read more

  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) and European Parliament President Martin Schulz hold a news conference after their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Schulz is the first European Union official to meet Tsipras, whose new Cabinet alarmed the Greek stock market Wednesday with promises to renege on a series of key budget commitments made by previous administrations in exchange for 240 billion euros in rescue loans. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    EU Official Expects Clashes but No Rash Actions From Athens

    ATHENS, Greece—The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to... Read more

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, accompanied by members of his government poses for a group picture outside the Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Tsipras says his government’s top priorities are to negotiate with Greece’s partners to resolve the country’s financial predicament and to deal with what he describes as Greece’s humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    EU Parliament to Discuss Bailout With New Greek Government

    ATHENS, Greece—The European Parliament’s president arrived in Athens Thursday for a visit closely watched for signs of a potential clash between Greece’s new left-wing government... Read more

  • A view of the Lower House surrounded by Television vans, in Rome, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi's abilty to rally his divided party behind his reform agenda and a single candidate agreeable to ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi. No winner is expected Thursday: Polling is expected to last at least until Friday or Saturday since the threshold slips from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority after three rounds of voting. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Italy Parliament Votes for New President, Testing PM Renzi

    ROME—Lawmakers cast ballots Thursday for a new Italian president in a vote testing Premier Matteo Renzi’s ability to rally his divided party behind his reform... Read more

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, accompanied by members of his government poses for a group picture outside the Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Tsipras says his government’s top priorities are to negotiate with Greece’s partners to resolve the country’s financial predicament and to deal with what he describes as Greece’s humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    EU Parliament President to Meet With New Greek Government

    ATHENS, Greece— The European Parliament’s president is to be the first European official to visit Athens, a day after announcements by Greece’s nascent radical left... Read more

  • Romania: Ex-minister Indicted For Money-laundering

    BUCHAREST, Romania— Prosecutors have indicted a former presidential candidate, who was one of Romania’s most influential politicians in recent years, on suspicion of money-laundering and... Read more

  • A security man stands in Lubyanka Square, with the main building of the Russian Federal Security Service, former KGB headquarters, in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday in London  with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once, as authorities initially thought, but twice. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Litvinenko Special Report: Radioactive Body Posed Autopsy Hazard

    LONDON—The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken and the isotope... Read more

  • Russia's lower house parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin, right, welcomes Crimea's prime minister Sergei Aksyono, center, prior their talks in Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Shalgin)

    Russia Considers Condemning ‘Annexation’ of East Germany

    MOSCOW— The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Sergei... Read more

  • People walk past a display of a currency exchange office in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A day after a top ratings agency cut Russia’s rating to junk level, the government in Moscow on Tuesday announced a plan that will see the economy return to a budget surplus in 2017. S&P downgraded Russia’s rating to BB-plus late on Monday, a non-investment grade, for the first time since 2004, citing a slide in the ruble and weakening revenue from oil exports. The agency said Russia's financial system is weakening, limiting room for maneuver for Russia's Central Bank. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Russian Gov’t Details Spending Cuts in View of Crisis

    MOSCOW—The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years... Read more


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