Russia’s incursion in Ukraine and worsening relations with the West have caught neighboring countries in the cross-fire.» Read More
The former AIG CEO made the decision to stay in China in 1989, even as other Western businesses fled the country.
*Japan home to 110 active volcanoes. TOKYO, June 4- In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.
DAMASCUS, June 3- Syrians voted on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war. Assad, looking relaxed and wearing a dark blue suit and light blue tie, voted at a central Damascus polling station with his wife Asma.
LUHANSK, Ukraine, June 3- Stepping over shrapnel strewn across a leafy park in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, pro-Russian rebel leader Vasily Nikitin gives his version of what happened in the few seconds of violence that killed eight people in broad daylight.
President Barack Obama is urging Congress to support a $1 billion initiative to boost U.S. military activity in Europe, the White House said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday his administration's operation to rescue Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, saying the United States was committed to freeing its prisoners of war regardless of how they were captured.
*Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia and Ukraine agreed on Monday to consider a proposal for Kiev to pay off a multi-billion-dollar gas bill that has soured relations between Moscow and Kiev, while fighting raged all day in eastern Ukraine.
*Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia gave Ukraine a breathing space on Monday in a multi-billion-dollar gas dispute but balanced the concession with fierce denunciations of Kiev and NATO, while fighting raged all day in eastern Ukraine.
Russia has called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to introduce a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine.
*Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars' worth of unpaid gas bills.
NAIROBI, June 1- Recent bombings in Kenya have dented President Uhuru Kenyatta's plans to boost tourism and undermined his pledge to restore security after last year's Westgate shopping mall attack.
President Barack Obama appeared with the parents of a U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was "never forgotten."
Thai anti-coup protesters have tacked the golden arches on signs and McDonald's could take action if they don't stop. NBC News reports.
*Reports mount of volunteer fighters coming into Ukraine from Russia. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, May 30- Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.
* "Russian Orthodox Army" is mostly Ukrainian but identifies as Russian. *One of several armed rebel groups fighting in Ukraine's east. Calling itself the " Russian Orthodox Army", it has been engaged in the heaviest fighting against Ukraine's army in the Donetsk region this month.
The burly billionaire businessman who built a vast fortune selling cakes and sweets has inherited a bitter legacy- a wrecked economy, rampant corruption, armed rebellion in eastern Ukraine and hostility from giant neighbour Russia.
Anywhere but Thailand, a military coup combined with an economic contraction would spur a stock selloff, but shares there are surprisingly resilient.
WASHINGTON, May 28- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the embattled $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program on Wednesday and said the ability to reconfigure the ships to carry out different missions would help the Navy keep pace with rapidly changing technologies.
OBAMA SAYS MOST DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA AND WORLD IS TERRORISM, PARTICULARLY FROM DECENTRALIZED AL QAEDA AFFILIATES AND EXTREMISTS- TEXT.
*Scores detained since coup on May 22. BANGKOK, May 28- Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle.