Three civilians and eight soldiers have been killed in fighting in east Ukraine in the past 24 hours, government and rebel officials said Feb. 13, a day afer a peace deal was inked to end the conflict.
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The fighting between government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine has flared up again despite attempts to ease the tension through a cease-fire agreement, signed in Minsk on Sept. 5, 2014.
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Feb. 12.
The International Monetary Fund and conflict-torn Ukraine have reached a preliminary deal on a new financial rescue plan worth $17.5 billion dollars that could be a "turning point" for Kyiv, Christine Lagarde said Feb. 12.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to a Ukraine peace summit in Minsk on Wednesday to "try everything right to the end," the French presidency said.
US President Barack Obama on Feb. 9 agreed to hold off a controversial decision on sending arms to Ukraine until German-led efforts to broker a ceasefire with Russia are given a chance.
Diplomats scrambled on Feb. 10 to finalise a peace deal for war-torn Ukraine ahead of a crunch summit in Minsk, with the warring sides pushing to gain ground ahead of any truce.
The European Union on Feb. 9 put fresh sanctions against Moscow on hold ahead of a summit to thrash out a Ukraine peace plan aimed at ending 10 months of bloodshed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was working towards peace talks with the leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine in Minsk on Feb. 11 but the four still need to agree on a “number of points” by then.
German Chancellor Merkel has ruled out sending weapons to the Ukrainian government to fight pro-Russian separatists, after French President Hollande proposed a 50- to 70-kilometer (31- to 44-mile) demilitarized zone and 'rather strong' autonomy in the east.
Niger is set to send troops to Nigeria for the multi-national battle against Boko Haram after scores of people were killed in a fresh onslaught by the Islamist fighters in a key border town
Russia is highly likely to intervene in the Baltic states to test NATO's collective defence commitment, the former head of the Atlantic alliance was quoted as saying by Britain's Daily Telegraph on Feb. 6.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were due in Moscow on Feb. 6 after getting Kiev's tentative backing for a crunch peace plan aimed at ending surging violence in Ukraine
NATO was set Feb. 5 to agree a major boost to its defences including six bases in eastern Europe and a spearhead force of 5,000 troops in response to what it called Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Pro-Russian separatists vowed Feb. 2 to mobilise up to 100,000 fighters for their latest east Ukraine offensive as the US mulled sending weapons to Kiev's out-gunned forces after the latest truce bid collapsed
The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act
French President Francois Hollande on Jan. 28 called on Turkey to take new steps towards the "truth" behind the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, saying "it is time to break the taboos"
Eight French and two Greek military personnel died when a Greek fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base in Spain
Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil his anti-austerity coalition government Tuesday, bringing together his radical left-wing party with the nationalist right, after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe
Greece awoke to a new era of defiant anti-austerity Jan. 26 after voters handed a decisive victory to radical left party Syriza
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