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Oct 27, 2014

EU must prepare for Russia’s ‘hybrid warfare': Danish formin

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Russia poses no direct military threat to the European Union but its intervention in Ukraine is a type of ‘hybrid warfare’ the bloc should fight using coordinated energy policy and media to counter “massive propaganda”, Denmark’s foreign minister said on Monday.

Martin Lidegaard has traveled three times to Kiev over a year that has seen the toppling of a Moscow-leaning president and the outbreak of a pro-Russian rebellion in Ukraine’s eastern region. The conflict has killed over 3,700 people.

Oct 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 23, 2014
Oct 23, 2014

Book Talk: Women in Afghanistan, through a looking glass

STOCKHOLM, Oct 23 (Reuters) – When Swedish journalist Jenny
Nordberg visited the home of an Afghan parliamentarian, she was
surprised to hear one of the politician’s daughters declare of
another child she had assumed was her six-year-old brother:
“It’s true, he is our little sister.”

The comment exposed a striking truth about girls growing up
in Afghanistan, the worst place in the world to be born female,
according to the United Nations.

Oct 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 22, 2014

Farce, defense cuts highlight hard task in Sweden submarine hunt

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – With a depleted military lacking anti-submarine helicopters and intelligence so far based on civilian sightings, Sweden’s hunt for a supposed U-boat intruder has an element of farce pointing to the difficulty of wrapping up the mission successfully.

More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters have scoured waters off Stockholm since Friday in Sweden’s biggest military mobilization since the Cold War, after reports of foreign “underwater activity” – suspected to be a Russian sub.

Oct 22, 2014
Oct 20, 2014

Swedish ‘Cold War’ thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller — an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad man wading in shallow coastal waters.

Whether it was caused by paranoia or a secret naval mission, Sweden’s biggest military mobilization since the Cold War over the last three days has underscored growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions in the Baltic Sea region.