Saturday, May 23, 2015


In one telling moment at the tail end of the summit, EU Council President Donald Tusk of Poland wanted to wrap up a sleepy plenary session of heads of government and endorse the summit's common declaration. Azerbaijan's ambassador, however, objected.

News Analysis: EU Eastern Partnership Summit Exposes Fault Line Between Members

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The lecture erupted into a heated confrontation.

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Students at a prestigious Moscow university angrily disrupted a lecture by Nikolai Starikov, the leader of a pro-Kremlin group that has backed separatist militants in eastern Ukraine. More

The video shows former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadtster growing visibly heated as he accuses Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of pursuing policies that seek to deliberately sabotage European values.

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A new viral video shows Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament's Liberal Democrat alliance, excoriating Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for courting closer ties with Russia and proposing to reinstate the death penalty. More

Conchita Wurst has said she would "love to spend at least a week" with Russian President Putin in order to grasp what it means to "be President Putin."

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For the second straight year, the cross-dressing Austrian singer Conchita Wurst has seized the attention of top Russian political and religious figures. More

While Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah (right) is said to not be against engagement with Pakistan, he reportedly expected President Ashraf Ghani (left) to consult him before moving forward.

Afghan Unity Government Split On Intelligence-Sharing Deal

A controversial security deal with Pakistan has exposed deep divisions in Afghanistan's unity government. More


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