Eastern Europe Headlines

  • Unilateral military action into northeast Syria 'unacceptable': Pentagon

    The Pentagon said on Wednesday that any unilateral action into northeast Syria was of grave concern and "unacceptable," after Turkey announced that it would launch a new military operation in the region within days to target Kurdish militia fighters.

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  • Real Madrid embarrassed by CSKA Moscow in record home loss

    Real Madrid was already assured of a place in the knockout phase of the Champions League heading into the final match day but for a club of its stature, there is no such thing as a meaningless game. Thus newish manager Santi Solari is sure to be feeling the heat after the three-time defending champions incredibly lost 3-0 at home to last-place CSKA Moscow in Group G on Wednesday. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos It was Los Blancos' worst ever European defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu...

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  • Hungarians protest at 'slave law' labor reform

    Around 2,000 Hungarians protested late on Wednesday outside parliament against new legislation allowing employers to ask staff to work up to 400 hours per year of overtime, a reform its critics have dubbed the "slave law".

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  • Austrian leader welcomes Britain's May winning confidence vote

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday evening welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May's victory in a no-confidence vote within her Conservative party.

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  • Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Caribbean Sea

    The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown over the Caribbean Sea during a 10-hour training mission. A pair of Tu-160 bombers arrived at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas Monday. The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan

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  • Poland's government wins vote of confidence ahead of 2019 elections

    Poland's government of the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday.

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  • Michael Cohen sentencing hearing underway

    Michael Cohen is in a New York federal court to be sentenced as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to two campaign finance violations tied to payments he had made or orchestrated to women during the campaign to stay silent about alleged sexual encounters with Trump, five counts of tax fraud and one count of making false statements to a bank. In that filing, prosecutors say that Cohen "acted in...

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  • Soccer: Balkan 2030 World Cup bid is realistic, says Bulgarian sports minister

    A bid by Balkan countries to host the 2030 soccer World Cup would have a realistic chance because the governments of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania would offer support for the joint candidature, Bulgaria's Sports Minister Krasen Kralev said on Wednesday.

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  • Kosovo PM: Independence fighters must not fear Hague court

    Kosovo's prime minister says that former independence fighters should not humiliate Kosovo by hiding, impeding or avoiding justice. Ramush Haradinaj, himself a former commander, wrote Wednesday on Facebook that the independence war was "clean and sacred." Kosovo's bloody war for

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  • Croatia's purchase of Israeli jets stalled over US approval

    A Croatian deal to buy 12 used F-16 jets from Israel worth $500 million could be in jeopardy if the US does not approve of the sale, officials said Wednesday. The tentative deal to purchase the upgraded F-16 Barak fighter jets from Israel was made earlier this year pending a U.S. approval

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  • Soccer: Balkan 2030 World Cup bid is realistic, says Bulgarian sports minister

    A bid by Balkan countries to host the 2030 soccer World Cup would have a realistic chance because the governments of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania would offer support for the joint candidature, Bulgaria's Sports Minister Krasen Kralev said on Wednesday.

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  • Haley: Trump's 'unpredictable' behavior advantageous at UN

    Outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said she used President Donald Trump's "unpredictable" behavior to her advantage in order to "get the job done" as ambassador. "He would ratchet up the rhetoric, and then I'd go back to the ambassadors and say 'you know, he's pretty upset. I can't promise you what he's going to do or not, but I can tell you if we do these sanctions, it will keep him from going too far,'" Haley told NBC's Craig Melvin in an interview that aired Wednesday on...

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  • Hungarian director Ferenc Kosa, winner in Cannes, dies at 81

    The Hungarian Academy of Arts says that Ferenc Kosa, winner of best director prize at the 1967 Cannes film festival, has died at 81.

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  • Hungary approves law on new courts under close govt control

    Hungary’s parliament has approved the creation of a new court system to deal with matters related to public administration

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  • Germany backs extending EU sanctions against Russia: Merkel

    Germany will back an extension of the European Union's punitive sanctions against Russia at an upcoming summit of EU leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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  • Hungary to set up courts overseen directly by government

    Hungary passed a law on Wednesday to set up courts overseen directly by the justice minister, a move critics said would allow political interference in judicial matters and further undermine the rule of law.

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  • Hungary passes law to set up new courts overseen by justice minister

    Hungary's government will set up new administrative courts overseen by the justice minister under a law passed on Wednesday which rights groups say could undermine the independence of the judiciary.

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  • Farmers’ protest blocks traffic on major artery into Warsaw

    Protesting farmers in Poland have blocked a major highway into Warsaw, vowing to remain until the prime minister agrees to listen to their problems

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  • Hungary: Opposition parties try to block labor law changes

    Hungarian opposition parties are blocking access to the parliamentary speaker's pulpit, trying to prevent the legislature from adopting amendments loosening the country's labor code. A government-backed proposal scheduled to be voted on Wednesday by lawmakers would raise workers' allowable

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  • Russian official threatens to block Google

    A Russian communications official has threatened to block Google in Russia unless it complies with a law banning certain websites. The Russian government has been putting pressure on internet companies in what it has described as a campaign to block harmful content. Russia adopted a law in

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  • Farmers protest blocks traffic on major artery into Warsaw

    Protesting farmers in Poland have blocked a major highway into Warsaw, vowing to remain until the prime minister agrees to listen to their problems. Dozens of farmers in yellow safety vests gathered on the A2, causing a traffic backup of several miles (kilometers) east of the capital on

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  • Hungary: Lawmakers OK labor rule changes seen as ‘slave law’

    Hungary’s parliament has approved amendments to labor laws — changes that trade unions and opponents have criticized as a “slave law” that benefits employers.

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  • Slovakia inks deal to buy 14 F-16s from US Lockheed Martin

    Slovakia has signed a $1.8 billion deal with U.S. company Lockheed Martin to purchase F-16 military jets

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  • Trump watches as his former 'fixer' awaits sentencing

    Amid White House turmoil, a possible government shutdown and falling approval ratings, President Donald Trump's former fixer could be slapped with a lengthy prison sentence Wednesday as part of what the President derides as Robert Mueller's "witch hunt." Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to be the first member of Trump's inner circle to receive a significant prison term in connection with special counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election when he is...

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