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Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears

A three-day-old ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was under pressure after three government soldiers were killed.

Ukraine truce under pressure as Europe raises Russia fears
Syria's Assad backs Russia peace bid, Moscow in touch with US

President Bashar al-Assad met a top Russian envoy who said Moscow is hoping to relaunch peace talks for the war-torn country and could host a Syria-US meeting.

Syria's Assad backs Russia peace bid, Moscow in touch with US
Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels announce December 9 truce

Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels said they had agreed to halt fire on December 9 under the terms of a truce aimed at ending one of Europe's bloodiest conflicts in decades.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels announce December 9 truce
NATO ministers boost support for Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers approved fresh support for Ukraine and condemned Russia for backing pro-Moscow rebels.

NATO ministers boost support for Ukraine
Ukraine says ceasefire reached around Donetsk airport

Ukraine's military said that its forces and Russian generals had agreed a temporary ceasefire around the airport in rebel-held Donetsk.

Ukraine says ceasefire reached around Donetsk airport
Russia's deputy foreign minister Alexei Meshkov. ©RIA Novosti
Moscow accuses NATO of 'destabilising' northern Europe

Russia lashed out at NATO, saying its military drills in the Baltics could destroy northern Europe's stability.

Moscow accuses NATO of 'destabilising' northern Europe
Russian warships in English Channel due to 'bad weather'

French authorities and NATO confirmed the presence of four Russian warships in the English Channel.

Russian warships in English Channel due to 'bad weather'
NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea

NATO's top military commander said he was "very concerned" that Russia's military build-up in the annexed Crimean region could be used as a launchpad for attacks.

NATO warns over Russian military build-up in Crimea
Canada to dress Ukrainian soldiers for winter warfare

Canada's Defense Minister Rob Nicholson announced the sending of winter coats, boots and gloves to dress 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

Canada to dress Ukrainian soldiers for winter warfare
Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Ukraine's pro-Western political parties agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority
Russian navy ships steam off after G20 in Australia

Four Russian navy ships that appeared off Australia's northern coast amid heightened tensions ahead of the G20 summit have now left.

Russian navy ships steam off after G20 in Australia
Classroom after the explosion.
Explosion in Almaty college: Why was the grenade real?

An explosion of a grenade in Almaty college in southern Kazakhstan killed a student. It also injured 12 others, some of whom remain in critical condition. But how could a real grenade replace a model in a basic military training classroom?

Explosion in Almaty college: Why was the grenade real?
China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed never to use force to achieve Beijing's goals, including in maritime disputes.

China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi
Svetlana Yakovleva, the student killed in the explosion. Photo from Svetlana's VKontakte page.
Explosion in Almaty college kills one, injures 12

A grenade explosion has rocked the College of Fashion and Design in Almaty this morning killing a female student and injuring twelve others.

Explosion in Almaty college kills one, injures 12
Ukraine 'ready for total war' says Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed his country was "prepared for total war" as fighting continued around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Ukraine 'ready for total war' says Poroshenko
Russia on the spot as fears mount over east Ukraine conflict

Russia hit back against Western claims that it was sending fresh military hardware into eastern Ukraine which could fuel a return to all-out conflict.

Russia on the spot as fears mount over east Ukraine conflict
NATO says Russian troops in Ukraine amid fears of all-out war

NATO accused Russia of sending tanks, troops to east Ukraine, raising fears of renewed all-out fighting and calling into question the Minsk peace deal.

NATO says Russian troops in Ukraine amid fears of all-out war
Pentagon can't confirm fate of IS leader

A Pentagon official suggested that lower-level figures of the Islamic State group may have been hit.

Pentagon can't confirm fate of IS leader
Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

New unidentified armoured columns rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine.

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine
US 'very concerned' at eastern Ukraine military buildup

The White House expressed grave concern at reports of Russian military reinforcements in eastern Ukraine.

US 'very concerned' at eastern Ukraine military buildup