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  • Somalia extremists urge attacks on US shopping malls Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 8:03 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida- linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. The threat by the al-Qaida affiliate came in the final minutes of a more than hourlong video released Saturday in which the extremists also warned Kenya of more attacks like the...

  • Kiev says cannot withdraw weapons as attacks persist Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:40 AM ET
    Ukrainian servicemen leave an area near Debaltseve, Ukraine, Feb. 18, 2015.

    Ukraine's military said it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line because pro-Russian separatists were still attacking it.

  • What is Ukraine's economic outlook?  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    Is Russia's strongest card the fact that its economy is stronger than Ukraine's? Timothy Ash, head of Emergind Market research at Standard Bank, weighs in with his thoughts.

  • Are things looking up for Ukraine's government?  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:35 AM ET

    Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised a lot for the country but will he deliver? Tomas Fiala, CEO at Dragon Capital says that while he's "not absolutely happy" with the leader's first term, he remains optimistic.

  • Why Ukraine can reinvigorate its economy: CEO  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    Tomas Fiala, chief executive at Dragon Capital, told CNBC that there is still a chance to reinvigorate the economy in Ukraine, despite the ongoing conflict there.

  • WASHINGTON— Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama's contested immigration measures from the agency's funding bill. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the...

  • Ukraine rebels say they're moving from front lines Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 2:31 PM ET
    Pro-Russian rebels jump off an armored personnel carrier during a parade in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.

    The main Russian-backed group in Ukraine said Sunday it would move weaponry from the front lines, but the government said it attacked a village.

  • Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap dozens of prisoners Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 3:01 AM ET
    Ukrainian forces stand guard during a prisoner exchange on February 21, 2015 near Zholobok, Ukraine.

    Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists exchanged prisoners, a Ukrainian Security Council aide said, a step toward implementing a peace deal.

  • Yemen's ousted president flees, rescinds resignation Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 11:26 PM ET
    Houthi rebels take security measures with tanks around the parliament in Sanaa, Yemen, on February 16, 2015.

    Yemen's ousted president Hadi appeared to rescind his resignation after escaping house arrest by the Houthi militia in the capital and fleeing to Aden.

  • Can free speech and blasphemy live together? Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses near a banner which reads "Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris" displayed in front of the Paris City Hall January 9, 2015 after Wednesday's deadly attack at the Paris offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by two masked gunmen who shouted Islamist slogans.

    Terror in Copenhagen and Paris has renewed an old debate: should free speech countries adopt or strengthen blasphemy laws?

  • More Russia sanctions over Ukraine possible: Kerry Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 10:37 AM ET
    Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on an armored personnel carrier near Debaltseve, Ukraine, February 12, 2015.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that he and his British counterpart would discuss additional sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.

  • French minister meets with Google, Facebook, Twitter Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 12:59 AM ET

    Cazeneuve's one-day visit to San Francisco and Silicon Valley comes weeks after terrorist attacks in Paris left 20 people dead, including three gunmen. On Jan. 7, two gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 more during an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. A third gunman killed a policewoman Jan. 8 and then killed four more people a day later...

  • New Sri Lanka gov't ends US lobbying contracts Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a sign of improving relations with the U.S., Sri Lanka has terminated lobbying contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars a month that the previous government had signed to help it win friends in Washington amid war crimes allegations, the nation's ambassador says. But political change inside Sri Lanka itself has done the trick.

  • Fear grows in Europe as ISIS comes to Libya Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    Members of the Libyan Police are seen on their vehicles as they prepare for deployment during the start of a security plan put forth by the government to increase security, Feb. 9, 2015, in Tripoli.

    ISIS operations in Libya are making headlines and inciting pronouncements from European officials, but the size of its reach is unclear.

  • French minister meets with Google, Facebook, Twitter Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:04 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The French interior minister says he has asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during a live investigation and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met Friday with representatives from the search engine and social...

  • NATO must prepare for Russian blitzkrieg: General Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 12:56 PM ET
    Members of the British Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, left, plan their movements against the enemy while a member of the Estonian Scouts Battalion looks on in a forest during the NATO "Spring Storm" military exercises.

    NATO must prepare for a blitzkrieg-style assault by Russia, the alliance's second-in-command of Europe forces said, the FT reports.

  • Greene: EU failed to get Russia concerns  Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    Dr Samuel Greene, director at King's Russia Institute, says that the situation with Ukraine is not the cause for Europe's conflict with Russia, but a symptom to understanding Russia.

  • PARIS— France and Germany held out the possibility on Friday of sanctions if the Minsk accords to stabilize Ukraine are not respected. The two heads of state, along with the leaders of Ukraine and Russia, signed accords on Feb. 12 in a last-ditch effort to stabilize and bring peace to Ukraine— starting with a cease-fire that both Ukraine and rebels now say has been...

  • Naftogaz CEO: EU's gas supply unaffected  Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    Andriy Kobolev, CEO Naftogaz, says its suspension of shipments to some Ukrainian areas won't have any effects on Europe's gas supply.

  • Investing in ruble assets: A good idea?  Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    Luis Costa, head of CEEMEA FX and rates strategy at Citi, discusses investing in ruble assets amid the ongoing instability between Russia and Ukraine.