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  • A difficult duty: The stench of death was nearly overwhelming Monday as Alexander Hug (center right), deputy head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, led a forensics investigation team near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. (Associated Press)

    Vladimir Putin pressured to aid Ukraine plane crash probe, rein in rebels

    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.

  • Smoldering wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    Malaysian passenger plane shot down in Ukraine, interior minister says

    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 enters the White House briefing room Wednesday to announce a new series of sanctions against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. The sanctions are aimed at Russian energy, financial and defense companies. (associated press)

    Obama rolls out new sanctions on Russia's energy and financial sectors

    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.

  • Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine Russia and developments in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senate committee presses Obama administration on inaction against Russia

    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.

  • EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy, right, smile as they talk with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko during an EU summit in Brussels, Friday June 27, 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has 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. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Ukraine, EU sign historic trade and economic pact

    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.

  • FILE  - In this Sunday, May 25, 2014 file photo, European Commission presidency candidate  Jean-Claude Juncker, addresses the media, at the European Parliament in Brussels. European Union leaders at an EU summit on Friday, June 27, 2014 have proposed former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc’s new chief executive.  (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

    Over British objections, Juncker in line for top EU job

    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.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

    Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia; truce nears end

    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.

  • Nigel Farage leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP) celebrates as he hears the results of the south east region European Parliamentary Election vote at the Guildhall in Southampton, England, Monday, May 26, 2014. From Portugal to Finland, voters of 21 nations cast ballots Sunday to decide the makeup of the next European Parliament and help determine the European Union’s future leaders and course. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Political 'earthquake' creates fractures in EU

    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.

  • Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, right, is welcomed by his supporters during a rally  in Kruvuy Rig, Ukraine, Saturday, May 17, 2014. A Presidential vote in Ukraine is scheduled for May 25. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)

    Candy tycoon the front-runner for Ukraine's next president

    In Ukraine's superheated political scene, presidential front-runner Petro Poroshenko cuts a notably cool figure.

  • FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012, file photo, a man raises his hand during at Google offices in New York. People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe's highest court said Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    European court: Google must yield on personal info

    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.

  • Ukraine Europe Chess Game Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    KEENE: Ukraine: Repeating a perilous history

    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."

  • FA chairman proposes Premier League 'B' teams

    An English Football Association commission has proposed introducing a new division for Premier League clubs to play "B'' teams in a bid to enhance the development of homegrown players and make the national team more competitive.

  • **FILE** Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks on at the United Nations offices in Geneva on Oct. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Russia accuses West of lowering new 'Iron Curtain' with sanctions

    Russia condemned new sanctions Tuesday from the Obama administration and the European Union over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, saying the West is inflicting a new "Iron Curtain" reminiscent of the Cold War.

  • Masked pro-Russian activists beat a participant of a pro-Ukrainian rally as police try to stop the clash in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, April 28, 2014. About a thousand pro-Russian activists armed with sticks and steel rods attacked the participants of pro-Ukrainian rally in center of Donetsk. Ukraine's acting government and the West have accused Russia of orchestrating the unrest, which they fear Moscow could use as a pretext for an invasion. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    EU targets 15 high-ranked Russians for more sanctions

    The European Union has named 15 new targets of sanctions over the ongoing Ukraine crisis, including high-ranking military officials and intelligence agents.

  • EU names 15 new targets for sanctions

    The European Union on Tuesday released the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.

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