Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Well-known separatist commander Givi is shown physically abusing and tormenting captives who were apparently taken during the recent siege at the Donetsk airport.

Disturbing Videos Raise War-Crimes Concerns In Ukraine

As Russian-backed rebels make gains in eastern Ukraine, battlefield videos are raising concerns that war crimes are being committed. More

Aleksandr Litvinenko in London in September 2004, two years before his death

Litvinenko's Family Says Public Inquiry 'Only Chance' To Solve Killing, Find Closure

The widow and son of Aleksandr Litvinenko, the former KGB officer poisoned in 2006, believe the public inquiry that started in London will solve his killing and bring them a sense of closure. More

Belarus's President Alyaksandr Lukashenka

Lukashenka Drifts Toward Brussels

As relations between Minsk and Moscow are strained by Russia’s policies in Ukraine, is President Alyaksandr Lukashenka looking to bolster ties with the European Union? More

Will Syriza and party leader Alexis Tsipras change once they are in power?

News Analysis: How Syriza's Win Could Change EU Policy On Russia

The electoral victory by Greece's far-left Syriza party is already shaking up Europe's financial markets, but the impact on EU foreign policy could be equally important. More

Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor at the former Nazi concentration camp in 2005.

Auschwitz Memories: 'I Refused To Die'

A survivor of the grotesque medical experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, Eva Mozes Kor tells of her harrowing and remarkable journey -- and her decision to forgive her torturers. More


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