1. France’s Hollande Removes Far Leftists from Cabinet

    Unusually sharp criticism from economy minister Arnaud Montebourg leads to the far leftist’s downfall.

    French prime minister Manuel Valls resigned on Monday, clearing the way for a cabinet reshuffle that is likely to see leftists critical of President François Hollande's budget policy removed from the government. The move came after economy minister Arnaud Montebourg lamented the "financial absurdity" of reining…
  1. Abe’s Refusal to Shake Up Japan’s Labor Market Spells Decline

    Young Japanese can’t find the job security they need to start a family. Their government is doing nothing to help.

    When Prime Minister Shinzō Abe finally unveiled his plans to make Japan more competitive in June, the proposals underwhelmed. While he promised to lower Japan's corporate tax rate, currently the highest in the developed world, to below 30 percent, Abe shied…
  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…