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Mar 7, 2015

EU considers bigger naval presence to tackle Libya security issues

RIGA (Reuters) – The European Union is discussing with the United Nations ways to bolster security in Libya, including a naval presence, if U.N.-backed peace talks lead to a settlement, the EU’s foreign policy head said on Saturday.

Libya’s warring factions had held talks on Thursday in an effort to end a conflict between two rival governments that threatens to drive the country into full-blown civil war.

Mar 7, 2015

International focus turns to bolstering Ukraine ceasefire

RIGA (Reuters) РSteps to bolster a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine gathered momentum on Friday as support within the European Union for more economic sanctions¨on Russia appeared to wane.

Russia and Ukraine have agreed to double the number of ceasefire monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to 1,000 from 500, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

Mar 6, 2015

EU may send team to Libya if peace talks succeed

RIGA (Reuters) – The European Union might send a team to Libya to monitor a ceasefire or to protect infrastructure if United Nations-backed peace talks lead to a settlement between contending factions, the EU’s head of foreign policy said on Friday.

“We have started discussing possible EU contributions …

to supporting any possible agreement,” Federica Mogherini told a news conference in the Latvian capital of Riga after talks among EU foreign ministers.

Mar 6, 2015

EU says it’s ready for more Russia sanctions if necessary

RIGA (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to step up sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, but its priority is to bolster a fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.

Mogherini, attending a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Latvia, said the need now was to strengthen ceasefire monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a rights and security watchdog.

Feb 12, 2015
Feb 12, 2015

Iceland convicts bad bankers and says other nations can act

STOCKHOLM/REYKJAVIK, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Iceland’s Supreme
Court has upheld convictions of market manipulation for four
former executives of the failed Kaupthing bank in a landmark
case that the country’s special prosecutor said showed it was
possible to crack down on fraudulent bankers.

Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, Kaupthing’s former chief executive,
former chairman Sigurdur Einarsson, former CEO of Kaupthing
Luxembourg Magnus Gudmundsson, and Olafur Olafsson, the bank’s
second largest shareholder at the time, were all sentenced on
Thursday to between four and five and a half years.

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