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As opposition protests rock Kiev, Ukraine's embattled President Viktor Yanukovych is pinning his hopes for political survival on rock solid support in his stronghold region of Donetsk in the east of the country.
Western leaders are coming out more strongly in support of Ukrainian opposition demands, as mass protests persist in Kiev after the government abandoned a planned accord with the European Union.
The United States and the European Union have taken a firm but cautious stance on Ukraine as it hangs in the East-West balance even while Russia has felt free to be more combative, analysts say.
The nuclear deal signed with Iran, and Israel's participation in an EU project which bars settlement funding, is proving the effectiveness of external pressure on the Jewish state, experts say.
Rising poverty, pressure from creditors and a looming parliamentary revolt: Greece's government has its work cut out as it ponders whether to broaden home foreclosures to thin the ranks of evasive debtors.
In a bid to rectify a legal error, hundreds of convicted Bosnian war criminals are set to be released and retried under a more lenient criminal code, outraging survivors who say they fear being traumatised all over again.
The crisis in Ukraine has sparked concern among its European neighbours, especially those ex-communist states that were also once caught in Moscow's clutches and now fear Kiev's estrangement from the bloc.
Though the European Union appears to have lost to Russia in the first round of an East-West tussle over winning friends and influence in eastern Europe, some analysts would disagree.
European ambassadors and intelligence officials are making discreet trips to Damascus in a bid to resume contacts with the Syrian regime after years of outspoken support for the opposition, diplomats say.
Russia's lingering sway over ex-Soviet nations was on full display this month as it mixed economic threats with political persuasion to wrest Ukraine away from a historic alliance with the European Union.
Spotting a foreign car on Japanese streets is a rare sight -- save for the odd luxury brand like Ferrari or Jaguar -- a point underscored at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.
Ukraine's stunning refusal to sign a historic trade deal with the European Union highlights the perilous state of the ex-Soviet state's economy and its continued reliance on its old master Russia.
Ukraine's decision to scrap a historic deal with the European Union has shown up the influence the Kremlin retains over its neighbour over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, analysts said Friday.
For two days it seemed that President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine had vanished. The presidency announced last weekend that he had departed to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin. But nothing more was heard about his whereabouts until two days later when the Kremlin confirmed he had indeed met the Russian strongman.
Slovenia's government won crucial support Friday for its efforts to fix the troubled banking system and prevent yet another eurozone bailout, but the road ahead remains fraught with danger, commentators warned.
Looking to a new role, NATO is pressing ahead with a high-tech, high-security headquarters to replace the supposedly temporary residence it ended up having to use for 50 years.
New forecasts for growth, EU control of government deficits and the oversight of national budgets: these are big developments in a heavy month for the European Commission beginning on Tuesday.
The near paralysis of prices is raising fears the eurozone may tip back into a deflation -- a vicious circle of falling prices, wages and output -- and is raising pressure on the ECB to act.
Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has urged European countries to stop setting new conditions on the vexed issue of Kosovo as he tries to steer his nation to EU membership, in an interview with AFP.
Twenty years on from the Maastricht Treaty that led to the euro, the European Union's quest for an "ever-closer union" rings increasingly hollow to citizens worn down by the debt crisis.