France is selling weapons to Russia in defiance of American efforts to isolate President Vladimir Putin. The U.S. is preparing to slap France’s largest bank with a fine that could top $10 billion. French government ministers have sought to derail General Electric Co.’s bid for France’s top energy-equipment maker.
As President Barack Obama celebrated the release of the last U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, debate began on whether the deal to free him was a dangerous concession to terrorists, or a necessary move that will aid the violence-wracked country’s long-term stability.
President Vladimir Putin is trying to transform Crimea into the Singapore of the Black Sea. That effort so far has cost Russia’s newest republic its entire banking system and all three of its McDonald’s.
Russia may raise trade barriers against Moldova if the former Soviet republic follows Ukraine in seeking an association agreement with the European Union, said two Russian government officials with knowledge of the plans.
Vladimir Kiriyev says he was walking with his children near their apartment in Odessa when he saw an attack on a pro-Russia camp as the assailants backing Ukrainian unity set tents on fire and beat everyone who tried to flee.
Pro-Russian separatists killed four Ukrainian troops, wounded 30 and shot down a military helicopter while suffering multiple casualties in the eastern city of Slovyansk as the unrest gripping the nation turned more deadly.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino made a “senseless attack” when he compared China to Nazi Germany over its territorial claims in disputed seas, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary today.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union will agree on further sanctions on Russia if needed as the Cypriot president cited risks to his country’s economy, exposing EU discord in the Ukrainian crisis.
A man who said he fled Nazi Germany as a teenager was sentenced to three months of house arrest after pleading guilty to hiding $5.7 million from U.S. tax authorities using Swiss bank accounts at Credit Suisse Group AG and Wegelin & Co.,