Moldova: Pro-Russia presidential candidate declares victory

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Moldovans lined up for hours to vote in Paris, Milan, Dublin and the London borough of Stratford, where about 700 Moldovans were unable to cast ballots. Election authorities said ballots had run out in Stratford, Bucharest, Moscow and Bologna, Italy. One electoral official in the Moldovan capital Chisinau, Sergiu Gurduza, apologized that some people had not been able to vote.


'Brexit,' Afghanistan, Russia and Other Surprises at the NATO Summit in Warsaw

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive actions in Crimea and all along its western border have, the official said, "made Europe competitive again" and increased NATO's desire to expand. A migrant crisis in southern Europe continues to draw attention to brutal conflicts in North Africa, as well as in Syria and Iraq where many NATO partners already contribute to a U.S.-led combat mission against the Islamic State group. Fighting has steadily increased in recent weeks in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have entrenched along a shaky ceasefire line across a de facto no man's land from pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow. Kiev is desperate for additional supplies, training and financial aid from NATO countries as a sign they approve of its attempts to reform corruption and mismanagement across its government. And the war in Afghanistan grinds on, buoyed for at least one more year by President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday that the U.S. would keep 8,400 troops there to continue its dual mission of supporting local forces and hunting terrorists.


Russia accuses Ukraine of ignoring peace deal - Russian general: Military special forces active in Syria

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MOSCOW – Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday accused Ukrainian's government of dragging its feet on implementing last year's cease-fire agreement as Moscow sought to press its point in a new round of high-level diplomacy. Fighting in Ukraine's industrial heartland, which has close ties to Russia, has killed more than 9,100 people and left large swaths of land under rebel control. Germany, France and Russia mediated talks between representatives of the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists at talks in Minsk, Belarus, which resulted in a broad cease-fire agreement. That has largely held, but none of the political elements, including calling a local election, has been implemented. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was hosting German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow, told reporters that Kiev's inaction is the main stumbling block to a peace settlement in the east.


Russia accuses Ukraine of ignoring peace deal

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Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday accused Ukrainian's government of dragging its feet on implementing last year's cease-fire agreement as Moscow sought to press its point in a new round of high-level diplomacy. Fighting in Ukraine's industrial heartland, which has close ties to Russia, has killed more than 9,100 people and left large swaths of land under rebel control. Germany, France and Russia mediated talks between representatives of the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists at talks in Minsk, Belarus, which resulted in a broad cease-fire agreement. That has largely held, but none of the political elements, including calling a local election, has been implemented. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was hosting German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow, told reporters that Kiev's inaction is the main stumbling block to a peace settlement in the east.


Exclusive: Germany Asks U.S. for Classified Briefing on Lockheed's F-35 Fighter

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Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Italy - key NATO allies of Germany - are already buying the F-35 fighter jet to replace their current aircraft, and other European countries such as Switzerland, Belgium and Finland are also looking at purchasing the fifth-generation warplane.