1. Merkel: Ukraine’s Territorial Integrity, Including Crimea, “Essential”

    While the West appears to have largely acquiesced in Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, Merkel insists it belongs to Ukraine.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said Ukraine's territorial integrity was an essential aim of German foreign policy and argued that a lack of controls along the country's long eastern border with Russia stood in the way of ending…
  1. Russian Trucks Cross Border, Ukraine Denounces “Invasion”

    Ukraine condemns as a “flagrant violation of international law” what Russia claims is a humanitarian effort.

    Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of invading its territory when a convoy of trucks Russia claims is carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border and headed for Luhansk, one of two cities controlled by separatists who seek Russian annexation. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko…
  1. European Powers to Supply Weapons to Iraq’s Kurdish Forces

    France and the United Kingdom give weapons to the Kurds who are battling an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    Leading European powers said this week they would provide weapons and military support to Iraq's Kurds as they battle an Islamist insurgency that seeks to dismantle the Iraqi state and establish…
  1. Ukrainian Troops Enter Rebel Stronghold, Jet Shot Down

    Ukraine says its forces entered the separatist redoubt of Luhansk after a fighter jet was shot down in the area.

    Ukraine said its forces had entered the city of Luhansk on Sunday after pro-Russian militants who declared a breakaway republic there shot down a fighter jet…
  1. Ukraine Claims Destroyed Russian Armored Column

    Ukraine claims to have destroyed Russian armored personnel carriers that crossed into its territory.

    Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian armored column that had entered its territory overnight. Russia rejected the accusation as "some kind of fantasy" and blamed Ukraine instead for sabotaging its…
  1. Russia Sends Aid Convoy to Ukraine, NATO Fears Invasion

    As Russian trucks supposedly carrying aid depart for Ukraine, NATO warns there is a “high probability” Russia will invade.

    A convoy of some 280 trucks carrying food, medicine and water left the suburbs of Moscow early Tuesday morning for the northeast of Ukraine. While Russia promoted the effort as a humanitarian operation, Western countries urged it not to use the delivery…
  1. Iraq’s Maliki Refuses to Stand Down After Successor Named

    Iraq’s president asks Haider al-Abadi to form a new government but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to stand down.

    Forces loyal to Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki took to Baghdad's streets on Monday after the prime minister refused to make way for his designated successor. Earlier in the day, President Fuad Masum -- a veteran Kurdish politician who was appointed…
  1. Erdoğan Victory Seen as Reinforcing Turkey’s Islamization

    The Turkish leader could use his election victory to marginalize opponents, further polarizing society.

    Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is almost certain to win his country's first direct presidential election on Sunday. A victory for Erdoğan, who has ruled Turkey for more than a decade, would likely reinforce the NATO member state's Islamization and exasperate opponents…