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EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing...

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity. Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "Believe me, there will be a victory parade - there will be for sure - in Ukraine's Sevastopol." Russia annexed the peninsula in March after a controversial referendum. In eastern...

EU set for election 'Super Sunday'

EU set for election 'Super Sunday'

European elections reach their culmination on "Super Sunday" when the remaining 20 of the EU's 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left. Germany, France, Spain and Poland are among the major EU member states...

7 soldiers killed in Ukraine ambush

7 soldiers killed in Ukraine ambush

Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say. A unit was attacked near the town of Kramatorsk by about 30 heavily-armed rebels, the defence ministry said. One rebel is also said to have died. Correspondents say this is the most serious loss of life for the government...

Labour Rights, Safety

EU sees progress in Dhaka's efforts

Acknowledging significant progress in areas of occupational safety and health and labour rights in RMG sector, the European Union has expressed its readiness to assist Bangladesh in the implementation of the programmes. “We've seen significant progress … but more must be done,” said John Clancy, spokesperson of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, in a statement on Thursday on the occasion of one year of Rana Plaza tragedy. He said the tragedy revealed serious shortcomings in the occupational safety and labour...

West eyes more Russia sanctions

West eyes more Russia sanctions

The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country. EU foreign ministers said on Monday they would expand a list of names targeted by EU sanctions. Tension has been rising in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings...

EU still wants talks for fresh JS polls

The European Parliament (EP), a directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU), still stands by its resolution to call for political dialogue to hold fresh inclusive national elections in Bangladesh. “Obviously there is a need for political dialogue. We want to see a situation wherein voices of all people of Bangladesh can be heard in politics,” said Jean Lambert, leader of a four-member visiting EP mission. In an exclusive interview with a select group of journalists at a hotel...

EU signs agreement with Ukraine

EU signs agreement with Ukraine

EU leaders have signed an agreement on closer relations with Ukraine, in a show of support following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Ukraine's interim PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the EU signed the deal in Brussels. Pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych's abandonment of the deal had led to deadly protests, his removal and Russia taking over Crimea. On Friday,...

Russia warns west over sanctions

Russia warns west over sanctions

Russia has told the US that Western sanctions over the Crimea dispute are unacceptable, and has threatened "consequences". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued the warning in a telephone call to US Secretary of State John Kerry. It came hours after Russian and Crimean leaders signed a treaty absorbing the peninsula into the Russian Federation. Crimean...

EU, US imposes sanctions over Crimea referendum

EU, US imposes sanctions over Crimea referendum

The EU and US have announced travel bans and asset freezes against a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine. The move follows Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which officials say 97 percent of voters backed breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia. The so-far unnamed individuals targeted by the sanctions are seen as having...

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