September 2, 2014

Only the White House is talking about a government shutdown, Ted Cruz says

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EU moves closer to new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

  The European Union announced Saturday that new economic sanctions are being drawn up in response to the apparent incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine, although some European leader were hesitant about straining relations with Russia and damaging their own economies over the conflict. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who briefed a summit of the 28-nation […]

Poroshenko Says Hundreds of Foreign Tanks in Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said hundreds of foreign tanks are operating in his country, pleading for help from the European Union as it moved to slap tougher sanctions on the Kremlin. “Ukraine now is a subject of foreign military aggression and terror,” Poroshenko told reporters in Brussels before a summit later today with leaders of […]

Putin, defiant toward West, likens Ukraine conflict to WWII

Evoking startling images of siege and empire, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday struck a defiant pose over the deployment of troops and tanks in eastern Ukraine, declaring that Russia has no plans for “large-scale conflicts” but reminding the world that he presides over a nuclear-armed state. “It’s best not to mess with us,” Putin […]

Federal judge voids key piece of Texas abortion law

A federal judge Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed the Hilltop Women’s Reproductive clinic in El Paso and more than a dozen other clinics.(Photo: Juan Carlos LLorca, AP) A federal judge Friday struck down a major provision of Texas’s strict abortion law that would have forced all […]

Britain Raises Terror Alert, Cites British Terrorists

LONDON— Britain has raised its terrorism alert level in response to the rise of Islamic extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, and the belief that British citizens fighting with such groups could bring terror home.     The new British terror threat level is called “severe,” which means an attack is “highly likely,” but there […]

On Russian troops in Ukraine, honesty is not everyone’s best policy

* Body of evidence points to Russian soldiers in Ukraine * Kremlin denials help reduce risk if its conflict goes wrong * Some EU states wary of saying Russia is waging war * They want to leave room for a compromise with Kremlin By Christian Lowe MOSCOW, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The Ukraine conflict has […]

What does Russia tell the mothers of soldiers killed in Ukraine? Not much.

They are the nameless ones. The faceless ones. Called the “men in green,” they are a group of hundreds, if not thousands, of Russians fighting in Ukraine with neither identifying insignia nor official documents — soldiers in everything but name. Instead, they’re called “volunteers.” They’re called “vacationers. “They’re “blood brothers,” as rebel leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko […]

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group. Obama’s comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of […]

Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war. President Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was “extraordinarily difficult … but controllable” after Russian-backed rebels seized the […]