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With eye on FYROM, PM highlights NATO ground rules

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned on Friday that any country wishing to become part of NATO would have to prove it is willing to uphold “democratic values.”
eKathimerini: February 21, 2014

EU Ministers: Opposition Agrees to Deal

Two European Union ministers won backing for a draft agreement on resolving the crisis in Ukraine from a council representing protesters on Kiev's Independence Square on Friday, a European Union diplomat told Reuters.
February 21, 2014

World War I root of Mideast conflict, Armenian genocide

A century on, World War I casts a haunting shadow far from the trenches of western Europe, having spawned two crises that still strain international relations: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Armenian genocide.
AFP: February 21, 2014

Ukraine crisis: Obama attacks Putin over Russia's role

US president accuses his Russian counterpart of failing to respect people’s basic freedoms in both Ukraine and Syria
Guardian: February 20, 2014

At least 20 dead in renewed Ukraine violence

Gunfire erupted in Kiev today and left at least 20 people, including a police officer, dead, according to officials.
CNN: February 20, 2014

Ukraine: Seventeen protesters killed as EU talks begin

At least 17 protesters have been killed in renewed clashes with police in central Kiev after a truce agreed on Wednesday broke down, eyewitnesses say.
BBC: February 20, 2014

Turkey claims foreign influence on anti-corruption probes

With the Turkish government mired in corruption allegations, it has found an unlikely ally. Leading members of the pro-Kurdish movement are backing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim that he is the victim of an international conspiracy.
February 20, 2014

Biden: US 'gravely' concerned by Ukraine violence

As the death toll mounts in Ukraine, the United States has expressed "grave concern" about violence and urged President Viktor Yanukovych to "de-escalate" the situation and hold immediate talks with the opposition.
February 19, 2014

Turkey presses for quick finish in Cyprus peace talks

Turkey aims to complete Cyprus peace negotiations that have speeded up after a deadlock on a joint statement was overcome last week, analysts agree, believing that Turkey has valid reasons to support these talks.
Today's Zaman: February 17, 2014

Turkey tightens control over judiciary

Turkey's parliament has approved a law giving the government more power over the council that appoints and oversees judges and prosecutors.
February 15, 2014