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Chinese president visits pandas in Brussels zoo

Chinese president visits pandas in Brussels zoo

March 31 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife visited pandas in the Brussels' zoo as part of the first visit to the city by a Chinese leader in almost 40 years.
Aileen Graef
EU works to stop Russian action against Ukraine

EU works to stop Russian action against Ukraine

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday the European Union was obligated to stop Russia from violating Ukraine's sovereignty.

Gazprom wants dibs on Crimean natural gas

MOSCOW, March 19 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom aims to tap into the more than 50 billion cubic feet of gas available in Crimea, a deputy leader from the region said.

Hague warns Russia of 'consequences' over Ukrainian action

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday there will be "long-term costs and consequences" for Russia's action in Ukraine and Crimea.
Tymoshenko wants EU association agreement with Ukraine now

Tymoshenko wants EU association agreement with Ukraine now

DUBLIN, Ireland, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Friday it was time to sign the association agreement with the European Union.

Kiev under eye of European Court of Human Rights

STRASBOURG, France, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government is called on to submit observations into protesters' claims regarding the use of force, the European Court of Human Rights said Friday.
More talks on Cyprus set for Feb., U.N. says

More talks on Cyprus set for Feb., U.N. says

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Meetings are scheduled between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators next week, a U.N. mission for Cyprus said Friday.

EU welcomes Greek, Turkish handshakes

BRUSSELS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have shown their courage by agreeing to resume talks, top European leaders said Tuesday.
Georgia within sight of EU association

Georgia within sight of EU association

BRUSSELS, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Tuesday signing an association agreement with Georgia this year was at the top of his agenda.
Ukraine's grim vacuum

Ukraine's grim vacuum

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The verbal support given over the weekend by top United States and European officials to the embattled opposition in Ukraine has not greatly clarified the country's prospects.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Putin: Russia won't rescind loans, gas price cuts for Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Moscow won't rescind the loans and gas price cuts it signed with Ukraine despite its change in government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week.
Putin snubbed at European Union summit

Putin snubbed at European Union summit

BRUSSELS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin received a chilly reception Tuesday at a summit meeting at the European Union's Brussels headquarters.

Europe losing patience with Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Friday there may be some reservations with dealing with the current leadership in Ukraine.
Spain's PM Rajoy vows to block Catalonia's statehood referendum

Spain's PM Rajoy vows to block Catalonia's statehood referendum

MADRID, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Catalan party leaders reached agreement on referendum questions on whether the autonomous Spanish territory should be a state, officials said.
Daughter: Mandela surrounded by family in week before his death

Daughter: Mandela surrounded by family in week before his death

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- South Africa's Nelson Mandela had a "wonderful time" in the week before his death because the entire family was with him, a daughter said.

Pacts with Moldova, Georgia, expected from EU summit in Lithuania

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A summit in Lithuania is important because it is expected to produce an association agreement with Moldova and Georgia, the European Union said Thursday.

Door still open for Ukraine, European Union leaders say

BRUSSELS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Leaders from the European Union said Monday an offer to sign agreements with the bloc is still on the table for Ukraine.
EU, Japan to solidify strategic partnership

EU, Japan to solidify strategic partnership

BRUSSELS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday he looked forward to building a stronger strategic partnership with his Japanese allies.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
By United Press International
Russia denies gifts to G20 delegates were used for spying

Russia denies gifts to G20 delegates were used for spying

MOSCOW, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin denied charges Russia attempted to spy on foreign delegates at a recent Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg.

P.A. President Abbas: Businesses should stop operating in West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked European companies to stop operating in West Bank settlements in accordance with international law.

AI says response to Egypt 'weak'

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Amnesty International said Monday the international response to the Egyptian crisis has been short of what's needed given the level of violence.

EU mulls cutting Egypt aid; Cairo vows to 'review' West ties

BRUSSELS, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- European countries are to mull cutting aid to Egypt Monday in a crisis review of ties in view of the violent crackdown on anti-regime activists, officials said.

U.S.-EU talks: Trade amid spying strains

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- U.S.-European Union talks to create a trans-Atlantic trade accord include parallel talks on surveillance concerns, officials said amid strains over U.S. spying.

Croatia joins EU to strains of 'Ode to Joy'

ZAGREB, Croatia, July 1 (UPI) -- Fireworks and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" marked Croatia's entry into the European Union Monday, two decades after the country won independence in a bloody war.
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