Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Poroshenko: Russia Withdraws 70% Of Its Troops From Ukraine - Ukrainian News Agency

Poroshenko: Russia Withdraws 70% Of Its Troops From Ukraine - Ukrainian News Agency

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Poroshenko: Russia Withdraws 70% Of Its Troops From Ukraine
Ukrainian News Agency
President Petro Poroshenko states that Russia has withdrawn 70% of its troops from the territory of Ukraine, he has said at the opening of the consultations at the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday. At that Poroshenko noted that the data he received from the ...
Pro-Russian Rebels Free Hundreds of Captured Ukrainian SoldiersTIME
Ukraine continues consultations with Russia on another relief aid to its eastern ...ITAR-TASS

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Poroshenko Stands Firm on Rebel-Held Areas

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the country hasn't made any concessions of its territorial integrity in a peace deal signed last week with pro-Russia rebels.

Isis: US should hit terrorist threat wherever it is, says John Boehner video 

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US president Barack Obama meets Congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday, including House of Representatives speaker John Boehner. On Wednesday Obama is to make a speech in which he is expected to outline his strategy against Islamic State (Isis) militants, who are threatening parts of northern Iraq and Syria Continue reading...

Father Held Over Deaths Of His Five Children

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The youngsters, aged between one and eight, are found in refuse bags by the side of the road in Alabama.

Obama to address America on Isis threat as Kerry arrives in Baghdad 

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President's strategy to 'degrade and destroy' insurgents will include military action and support for Iraq and Syria
Barack Obama will give a televised address on Wednesday night from the White House, unveiling a "comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State (Isis) insurgents.
A White House official said the strategy would include military action and support for the forces fighting Isis on the ground both the opposition in Syria and a new, inclusive Iraqi government.
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It's time to back away from the Russian wolf 

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Putin won't be thwarted by Nato or sanctions and his aim of a neutral Ukraine is acceptable, says Tony Brenton








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Putin to Poroshenko: Russia Is Committed to Ukrainian Peace Process 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, that Moscow remains committed to "further assist" the Ukraine peace process, the Kremlin said in a statement.

ЕС опасается перекрытия "трубы": Брюссель просит США начать экспорт нефти и газа - Московский комсомолец

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ЕС опасается перекрытия "трубы": Брюссель просит США начать экспорт нефти и газа
Московский комсомолец
Еврокомиссар по торговле Карел де Гюхт заявил, что Брюссель добивается от США начала поставок нефти и природного газа в том числе в связи с нынешними резкими трениями между Западом и Россией, являющейся основным поставщиком энергоресурсов в Европу. ЕС опасается ...
ЕС просит США начать экспорт нефти и газа в ЕвропуКомсомольская правда
Брюссель просит США начать экспорт нефти и газа в ЕвропуАргументы и факты
Европа призвала США отменить 40-летний запрет на импорт нефти и газаГлавред
Комсомольская Правда в Украине -Капитал страны
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Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia After World ... - Center for Research on Globalization

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Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia After World ...
Center for Research on Globalization
The end goal of the US and NATO is to divide (balkanize) and pacify (finlandize) the world's biggest country, the Russian Federation, and to even establish a blanket of perpetual disorder (somalization) over its vast territory or, at a minimum, over a ...

Iranian President In Tajikistan

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Iranian President Hassan Rohani is in Tajikistan on an official visit and is due to attend a ceremony at an Iranian-funded hydropower plant.

House Condemns Obama For Prisoner Swap

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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give Congress 30-day notification about May's exchange of five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

Ополченцы и жители Донбасса сообщают, что силовики ведут огонь в одностороннем порядке - Первый канал

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Ополченцы и жители Донбасса сообщают, что силовики ведут огонь в одностороннем порядке
Первый канал
По данным сил самообороны, минувшей ночью в Донецкой республике не раз фиксировались случаи нарушения перемирия. Но на провокации ополченцы не поддаются - у них приказ "не стрелять". На Луганском направлении по-прежнему спокойнее. Еще не мир - перемирие.
ДНР: Силовики нарушили перемирие пять раз за ночьРоссийская Газета
Ополченцы сообщили о пяти случаях нарушения перемирия силовикамиРБК
За минувшую ночь украинские военные пять раз нарушили условия перемирияИнфоРос
Федеральное агентство новостей No.1 -Телеканал "100 ТВ" -Интернет журнал @-news.info
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Порошенко объявил об отводе «70% российских войск» с Украины - РБК

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Порошенко объявил об отводе «70% российских войск» с Украины
РБК
Петр Порошенко заявил на расширенном заседании правительства о том, что «70% российских войск отведены с территории страны». Президент Украины утверждает, что такие данные ему предоставила разведывательная служба, сообщает РБК-Украина. Порошенко назвал эти ...
Президент Украины пообещал возвести на границе с РФ линию МаннергеймаРИА Новости
Порошенко: «70% российских военных выведены за пределы украинской границы»ИА REGNUM
Порошенко признал факт перегруппировки войск на юго-востоке УкраиныКомсомольская правда
Московский комсомолец -Газета.Ru -УНИАН
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Kerry In Iraq On Anti-Islamic State Tour

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Baghdad at the start of a Middle East tour to build support for action against Islamic State militants.

Poroshenko Says Ukraine Will Remain United Despite 'Special Status' In East 

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will submit a bill next week to grant "special status" to areas in eastern Ukraine but that the country will remain united.

Ukraine's President: Separatist East Will Stay Part of Ukraine

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he will submit a bill to parliament next week granting parts of the separatist east greater autonomy, but keeping them part of Ukraine. Poroshenko announced the move at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He promised special status to some areas of the rebel-controlled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, but he rejected any talk of "federalization" or total independence. Pro-Russian separatists have been battling government troops in eastern Ukraine in recent months. Last week, Ukraine's government and the rebels agreed to a cease-fire that appears to be holding for the most part, despite some violations. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is committed to peacefully resolving the Ukraine crisis. The Kremlin’s press service reported that Putin spoke by telephone with Poroshenko and that the two leaders focused on shoring up the cease-fire deal reached last week. Also Tuesday, the United States said it was finalizing measures to broaden sanctions against Russia for its actions against Ukraine. Ukraine and NATO accuse Russia of providing direct help to the separatists, but Russia denies doing so. The rebellion in eastern Ukraine, launched in April by pro-Russian separatists, has killed more than 2,600 people and created tens of thousands of refugees.

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US Lawmakers Speak Out Ahead of Obama Speech on IS

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U.S. lawmakers are speaking out on the eve of President Barack Obama’s address outlining U.S. plans to combat radical Islamic State fighters.  Both parties say action is warranted, but some disagree on whether Congress must authorize the use of force. For months, Republican lawmakers have slammed the Obama administration’s response to chaos and fanatical militancy in the Middle East as timid and tardy.  Now, with the president set to lay out his strategy for taking on the Islamic State, some Republicans are, for the moment, moderating criticism while continuing to urge bold action.   “The threat from ISIL is real, and it is growing," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. "It is time for President Obama to exercise some leadership in launching a response.” That message is echoed by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “They [Islamic State] have threatened to conduct terrorist attacks internationally, including here in the United States," she said. "We must hold ISIS accountable for their despicable acts.” Some lawmakers of both parties say Obama need not secure congressional authorization to strike against Islamic State fighters who control territory in Syria and Iraq. Republican Senator Ted Cruz is not one of them. Cruz is outspoken in his support of military action. “ISIS is a study in oppression and brutality," he said. "The response must be, principally, military.” But Cruz, who accuses Obama of weakness in combating global terrorism, said any action taken against the Islamic State group must be approved by Congress. “The president is reportedly considering an action that could last as long as three years," he said. "If this is, indeed, the case, then it is incumbent on him to come to Congress and lay out his strategies.” In the House of Representatives, Republican Speaker John Boehner was repeatedly asked if congressional authorization is required and repeatedly gave a cryptic response. "What I am hoping to hear from the president today is a strategy that goes after ISIS, and destroys them,” he said. Overall, Democrats are sensitive to criticism the president has been slow to act. Florida Senator Bill Nelson took to the floor to note that Obama has already ordered air strikes in Iraq that have halted Islamic State advances on key cities and infrastructure targets. Lawmakers of both parties say they will watch the president’s speech Wednesday with great interest.

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MH17: Evidence at crash site left exposed to the elements

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A severed section of the fuselage lay 20 yards from a part of the under-carriage, beyond that were two upturned seats; across the road an open suitcase was gathering rain, next to  children’s shoes, magazines and a set of keys. These were the poignant remains of flight MH17 dispersed over fields of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday.
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‘No Regions, No Problems’ – Putin Downgrades Regional and Ethnic Issues 

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Staunton, September 9 – In his latest update on Stalinism as “effective management,” Vladimir Putin has disbanded Russia’s Regional Affairs Ministry, yet another sign of his drive to further centralize the country, eliminate any serious discussion of Russia’s regions and their problems, and thus undermine any chance that Moscow will have an effective nationality policy.
Yesterday, Vladimir Putin disbanded the Russian ministry for regional affairs and two other bodies responsible for overseeing Moscow’s relations with its regions and with the non-Russian nations who populate many of them.
At one level, of course, his move is nothing more than the latest indication of a problem Moscow has faced since the dawn of Soviet times: Were the Kremlin to give any one agency enough power to deal with the multi-faceted nature of regional and ethnic issues, it would be creating a monster that could threaten itself.
Consequently, the Soviet and Russian governments have been reluctant to allow “nationalities ministries” to function for very long – Stalin headed the first one from 1917 to 1922 and Putin disbanded the post-Soviet one at the start of his rein – and have frequently shifted responsibility from one region to another.
But this Putin initiative appears to many to be more than that, to be instead an effort to downgrade regions and non-Russian nations even further than he already has. As Vadim Shtepa bitterly commented on Facebook: What Putin has done is “correct” because “in Russia there are no regions; the slavishly obedient provinces are unworthy” of this term.
And soon, the prominent regionalist writer said, the Kremlin will ban “the term ‘regionalism’” as well as the agencies responsible for dealing with regions and nationalities. That would be consistent with Putin’s Stalinist and Orwellian dispositions: no region or nationality – no problem.
Or as Kavkazskaya Politika’s Anton Chablin put it, “the dissolution of the federal ministry marks a turning away from a clearly defined nationality policy” toward a situation in which the regions and non-Russians will be affected by general policies but will have fewer chances to ensure that these policies take their needs into account.
According to Chablin, the dissolution of the regional affairs ministry and the distribution of its functions to other ministries whose primary responsibilities are to other larger issues or only to specific regions as in the case of the ministries overseeing the Far East, the North Caucasus and occupied Crimea end hopes of creating a nationalities ministry under Putin.
Instead, they suggest, Chablin argues, that Russia is shifting from the “Brazilian” to the “Canadian” model of regional policies and is likely to carve out additional ministries for particular regions rather than for all regions of the country as a whole. Russia now has three such regional ministries; Canada has five.
Despite Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s promise that all the functions of the regional affairs ministry will continue to be met, albeit by offices in other ministries, many are skeptical about that. This is not only because the focus of these other ministries is different and regional and national issues are thus going to be treated at a lower level but also because of the loss of expertise.
Preserving that expertise is a major concern of those working in the area. As Vladimir Zorin, deputy director of the Moscow Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology told Nazaccent.ru, however one assesses the quality of the work of the now disbanded ministry, it contained “a literate collective of professionals who knew well the ethno-political realities of the country.”
In the new set of structures, these professionals are likely to be cut out and with them the knowledge needed to guide Moscow through the complexities of regional and ethnic affairs, a development that almost certainly guarantees more errors will be made and many regional and ethnic problems that might have been “solved” will now grow into bigger and more threatening ones.
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США думают о расширении санкций против России - BBC Russian

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США думают о расширении санкций против России
BBC Russian
США рассматривают возможность расширить санкций против финансового, энергетического и оборонного секторов российской экономики, заявила представитель госдепартамента США Мари Харф. По ее словам, события на востоке Украины в ближайшие дни позволят США ...
США готовят новые санкции в отношении финансового сектора и ВПК РоссииРИА Новости
Новые санкции США против РФ будут зависеть от ситуации на УкраинеАргументы и факты
Госдеп считает, что РФ должна ответить на многие вопросы в связи с крушением Boeing на УкраинеКомсомольская правда
Украинское национальное информагентство -РБК Украина -Коммерсантъ
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A Million Suicides In Russia In Last 20 Years

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Psychiatrists from Moscow's Serbsky Center of Social and Judiciary Psychiatry told a September 9 press conference suicide rates remain alarming in some areas of Russia.

Op-Ed Contributor: Russia’s Next Land Grab

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The Putin playbook — stir up trouble so you can send in “peacekeepers” — is on view in the Caucasus.

Russia's Next Land Grab - New York Times

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Russia's Next Land Grab
New York Times
WASHINGTON — UKRAINE isn't the only place where Russia is stirring up trouble. Since the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, Moscow has routinely supported secessionists in bordering states, to coerce those states into accepting its dictates. Its latest ... 

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Minsk Summit: Breakthrough in Ukraine Crisis Unlikely

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In late August the presidents of Ukraine and Russia, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, met in Minsk. Donald N. Jensen, resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Studies, overviews the issues that were left on the table as peace was whispered about in the capital of Belarus.
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Why the Kremlin Is Actually Losing the War

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Since late August, the Ukraine crisis has entered a new phase. According to political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, freezing the conflict in the eastern Ukraine might seem like the Kremlin's victory, but in a broader perspective it means that Moscow is in fact failing to achieve its geopolitical goal of restraining NATO.

Лавров: ШОС будет расширяться под председательством России - Вести.Ru

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Лавров: ШОС будет расширяться под председательством России
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Глава МИД РФ Сергей Лавров заявил, что Россия намерена начать принимать в Шанхайскую организацию сотрудничества. Это будет происходить в рамках председательства РФ в ШОС, которое начнется сразу после саммита, который пройдет 11-12 сентября в Душанбе. "На саммите в ...
МИД РФ: ШОС может начать расширяться уже в этом годуМосковский комсомолец

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Militarization of US Police Probed in Congress

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U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday reviewed federal government programs that provide billions of dollars in surplus military equipment to civilian police departments. The action comes amid growing calls to end to the so-called "militarization" of local law-enforcement agencies, following last month's police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Events in Ferguson drew worldwide attention when local police, dressed in military uniforms with assault weapons and armored combat vehicles, fired tear gas to break up demonstrations over the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer on August 9. During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Tuesday, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said the use of combat equipment in Ferguson was unnecessary. "Officers dressed in military fatigues are not viewed as partners in any community. Armored military vehicles, even if they are painted black and used with the utmost discretion are, by definition, intimidating," said McCaskill," said McCaskill. McCaskill and other lawmakers are looking into several federal government programs that give surplus military weapons and equipment  to local police forces.  Since 1997, the Defense Department has given away five billion dollars worth of equipment - meant to be used to fight crime and terrorism. and respond to disasters. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opposes this. "Many of the police forces actually think that this equipment would be good for riot suppression in a big city, in an urban area and you [the Department of Defense] are specifically instructed that it is not for that.  By supplying all of this free equipment, much of which is frankly inappropriate, and really should not be on anybody's list of authorized  equipment," said Paul. Defense Department officials say the military equipment and supplies are useful to law enforcement agencies. But Alan Estevez, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, said the Pentagon cannot monitor how the equipment is used. "I think we need to review all of the equipment that we are providing, Senator.  And as I said, we at the Department of Defense do not push any of this equipment on any police force.  The states decide what they need," said Estevez. Saint Louis newspaper photojournalist Wiley Price covered the Ferguson unrest.  He says people were surprised to see police driving around in military vehicles, pointing assault weapons at them. "Other photographers were questioning each other about what was going on and this went on for three or four days.  And police aggravated  peaceful marchers when they were just standing there chanting," said Price. Western Kentucky University Criminal Justice Professor Jim Bueermann told lawmakers he supports giving police military equipment -- but with more training on when it is appropriate to use. "If there is any silver lining that comes out of the event in Ferguson is that we begin this discussion that should have happened in 1997, not 2014, about how we use this equipment, whether it comes from a federal program or out of a city's general fund in an appropriate way that doesn't damage the relationship police have with the community," said Bueermann. Lawmakers say they will continue to review government programs that provide military equipment to domestic police departments. Meanwhile the Obama Administration is conducting its own investigation into the program - hoping to avoid the kind of police response in Ferguson that sparked so much outrage and controversy.

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Military Memo: Amid Intensifying Requests, American Military Aid to Ukraine Stalls

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Despite appeals from the Ukrainian armed forces, the United States has provided only a modest package of nonlethal assistance to the government in Kiev, and much of it has yet to arrive.






Obama Says He Has Authorization For IS Campaign

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U.S. President Barack Obama told congressional leaders on September 9 he has the authority needed to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants and would detail his plans in an upcoming speech.

US to Broaden Strategy against Islamic State Militants

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President Barack Obama is laying out his plan to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East Wednesday night. VOA Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb shares key elements of the strategy and what experts say is needed for success.

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A Hope for a More Deliberate Obama on World Crises

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From too cautious to too slow, there has been no shortage of criticism for President Barack Obama's foreign policy decision-making, as world crises from Iraq to Ukraine seemingly ratchet out of control. As the president prepares to lay out his strategy for dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group, some hope Obama will refocus and take more deliberate action on the world stage. A sense of urgency seemed to grip the administration after Islamic State militants released videos showing the beheadings of two American journalists. The Islamic State group already had overrun portions of Iraq, leaving Republican lawmakers and other critics to question the president's foreign policy approach on world crises. "We cannot engage in photo-op foreign policy, or press release foreign policy of dropping a bomb here or shooting a missile there and not having a strategy that is dictated by clear and direct military objectives in the furtherance of U.S. national security interests," said Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Even members of his own party have accused Obama of being too cautious and displaying a lack of urgency in Iraq. Ken Sofer with the Center for American Progress countered that while the president's approach may not be "sexy" to critics who are advocating for immediate military action, his decision-making is strategic and takes into account the long term. "One of President Obama's biggest strengths is that he is very deliberative. He does not overreact in situations and he largely looks at these different foreign policy crises and assesses what are the threats to U.S. interests and U.S. opportunities and U.S. citizens," said Sofer. Some say President Obama's cautious foreign policy approach, including his reluctance to engage militarily, has contributed to a sense of American disengagement with the world. This perception comes at a time when other nations are looking to the United States for leadership in dealing with these crises, not just in Iraq, but in Ukraine, where Russian tanks have rolled across the border. "I think the president was trying for a couple of years to see if there were substitutes and I hope that he has now realized that even as the United States needs to work with coalitions and partners, there is nobody else in this international system of the 21st century so far that can play a leadership role," said the Brookings Institution’s Michael O'Hanlon. O'Hanlon said there is still time for Obama to shift his foreign policy focus toward more decisive action and rely less on other nations to take a greater leadership role. Despite this, the White House says the president is seeking out willing partners to fight what the secretary of state has said poses an "imminent threat" to the United States.

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Britain Says EU Must Maintain Pressure on Russia Over Ukraine 

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The European Union must keep up pressure on Russia over its involvement in the Ukrainian war because sanctions are having an effect, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

Глава МИДа Германии заявил о договоренностях между Украиной и РФ о выводе российских войск из Украины - РБК Украина

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Глава МИДа Германии заявил о договоренностях между Украиной и РФ о выводе российских войск из Украины
РБК Украина
Между Украиной и Российской Федерацией есть договоренности, что все российские войска и техника должны быть выведены с территории Украины. Об этом во вторник заявил министр иностранных дел Германии Франк-Вальтер Штайнмайер, передает издание "Крым.Реалии".
Штайнмайер заявляет о выводе российских войск из УкраиныИзраильские новости
Новости мира: министр иностранных дел Германии рассказал о договоре России и Украины об отводе войскНезависимое интернет-издание "ДНИ"
РФ должна вывести войска из Донбасса согласно договоренностям – ШтайнмайерБиржевой лидер
Телеграф -Интернет-газета "Вести"
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АПЛ "Владимир Мономах" произвела пуск ракеты "Булава" на Камчатке - Российская Газета

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АПЛ "Владимир Мономах" произвела пуск ракеты "Булава" на Камчатке
Российская Газета
Атомный подводный ракетный крейсер стратегического назначения "Владимир Мономах" произвел пуск баллистической ракеты "Булава" из акватории Белого моря. Об этом сообщает Министерство обороны России. Пуск был произведен из воды, боевые блоки успешно прибыли в ...
Подводная лодка «Владимир Мономах» впервые запустила «Булаву»РБК
Запуск «Булавы» прошел успешноКомсомольская правда
«Владимир Мономах» успешно запустил «Булаву» на КамчаткуНТВ.ru
Газета Труд -Аргументы и факты -BFM.Ru
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Прокуратура Украины заявила о 200 погибших под Иловайском силовиках - Газета.Ru

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Прокуратура Украины заявила о 200 погибших под Иловайском силовиках
Газета.Ru
По данным украинской генпрокуратуры, во время окружения под Иловайском погибли по меньшей мере 200 силовиков, заявил генеральный прокурор страны Виталий Ярема. По его словам, следователи военной прокуратуры допрашивают руководителей военных подразделений, ...
Прокуратура Украины начала допросы военного руководства в связи с событиями под ИловайскомИнтерфакс
ГПУ начала допросы по делу об окружении силовиков под ИловайскомРИА Новости
В Генпрокуратуре Украины заявили, что около 200 силовиков погибли во время окружения под ИловайскомКоммерсантъ
РБК Украина -Взгляд -СЕГОДНЯ
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Poroshenko Approves Sanctions Against Russia for 'Financing Terrorism' 

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law paving the way for the imposition of economic sanctions against Russian companies and individuals.
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Meanwhile in Russia, Spontaneous Worker Unrest is Spreading

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Staunton, September 8 – Anyone watching Moscow television would conclude that “there is no more important news than the situation in Ukraine and the intrigues of NATO,” Olga Filina says in today’sOgonyok, but those who follow Russia’s labor market say that “the most important news” involves the spread of protests by workers who haven’t been paid.
According to the Moscow Center for Social-Labor Rights, there are now slightly more than one new strike every working day somewhere in Russia, increasingly about wage arrears and reflecting growing social dissatisfaction. The declining role of unions means that these strikes can develop in unpredictable ways.
That trend represents a departure from what had been the case between 2010 and 2013, when labor actions were “not ‘wild’ but institutionalized,’” Peter Bizyukov of the Center says. Now, workers are acting on their own and making the kind of demands for immediate recompense that their unions had often avoided.
Statistics bear this out, Filina says. In 2013, 42 percent of labor actions involved complaints about how companies were operating; in the first six months of this year, “50 percent of the protests were not coordinated by the trade unions and were in essence spontaneous protests,” up from 35 percent only 12 months ago.
The labor ministry has developed new legislation that will increase fines on those companies which owe their workers back wages, but as the Ogonyok journalist notes, “experts are not certain” that this will help or prevent more ‘Pikalyovos.’ The situation in Pikalyovo required Putin’s personal intervention, but there is no “instrument available for saving the workers of the entire country.”
Karin Kleman, director of the Collective Action Institute and a researcher at St. Petersburg State Humanities University, says that what is happening now recalls the events of the early 1990s, but there are two important differences: the trade unions established then have been destroyed, and the workers are much less patient than they were.
Biryukov says that “the dramatic nature of the situation is reflected in the fact that the authorities paradoxically are devoting less attention to information about the protests. We have no open official data on the real level of conflicts” in Russia. Rosstat, for instance, records only “actions carried out according to the law,” a tiny fraction of all labor actions.
According to the data that his center has collected, Biryukov says, the number and size of those areas in which spontaneous strikes could break out are growing rapidly and what is perhaps especially frightening is that they now involve not just workers at private companies but in government agencies and offices and in the large service sector.
As Filin notes, “Poland’s Solidarity movement began as a labor conflict and the new Russian arose at a time of the anger of miners.” That is, “unresolved ‘worker’ issues can quickly become political questions.” And that is more likely, they suggest, when people feel desperate enough to act on their own, fighting not just for wages, but for life itself.
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Ukraine ceasefire holds but underlying political and military tensions remain - YouTube

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Pro-Russian separatists have been patrolling the outskirts of Donetsk from where Ukrainian government troops have withdrawn.

Kyiv and Moscow both agree the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is largely holding but on the ground tensions remain.

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s military said Monday that a fragile truce was holding in the east of the country as the Ukrainian president planned a surprise visit to the front-line port city of Mariupol.
The break in hostilities came as government forces and pro-Russian rebels, who have seized territory in eastern Ukraine, regrouped after weeks of increasingly bloody fighting. Divisions about the political future of the country remain as deep as ever, however, fueling skepticism about whether the cease-fire can hold.
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