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Topic - European Union
President Obama announced a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday, saying Russia must pay an increasingly high price for its military aggression in Ukraine and the downing of a passenger jet.
The White House said Monday that Russia is "losing" its war in eastern Ukraine and warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime faces more sanctions this week by the U.S. and its European allies.
Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia's alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.
FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."
Russian-supported rebels backed down and allowed a refrigerated train carrying the bodies of Malaysia Airlines victims out of their territory in Ukraine, as President Obama and other Western leaders warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to speed up cooperation with the crash probe and to rein in fighters loyal to Moscow.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
President Obama announced new economic sanctions Wednesday against Russia, hitting major energy, financial and defense companies in a bid to end fighting in eastern Ukraine at the end of a day in which the Pentagon accused the Kremlin of gathering more forces at the border and a British newspaper reported that Moscow would reactivate a Cold War era spy base in Cuba.
Senate Democrats and Republicans pressed the Obama administration for clarity Wednesday on why it has not been more aggressive in using economic sanctions to deter ongoing Russian meddling in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the "most important day" for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union.
EU officials have nominated former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to serve as for the European Union's top executive job for the next five years, despite the open opposition of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up Thursday at the eastern border to cross into Russia, with some saying they felt betrayed by their government and vowing never to return.
Right-wing and Euroskeptic parties made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday — triggering what one prime minister called a political "earthquake" by those who want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish it altogether.
In Ukraine's superheated political scene, presidential front-runner Petro Poroshenko cuts a notably cool figure.
Europe's highest court Tuesday gave people the means to scrub their reputations online, issuing a landmark ruling that experts say could force Google and other search engines to delete references to old debts, long-ago arrests and other unflattering episodes.
Though the now trite-sounding quote is often attributed to George Santayana, it was actually that old conservative Edmund Burke who first warned that "those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."