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Jun 6, 2014
Jun 6, 2014

Russia, Ukraine leaders shake hands, talk at D-Day event

By John Irish and Jeff Mason

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France(Reuters) – The leaders of Russia and Ukraine met on Friday for the first time since Moscow annexed Crimea as world leaders commemorated the 70th anniversary of the World War Two D-Day landings in France.

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko for a 15-minute meeting before an official lunch for visiting world dignitaries.

Jun 6, 2014

Legacy of D-Day veterans rests with 9/11 generation, Obama says

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER FRANCE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama paid tribute on Friday to U.S. veterans who 70 years ago stormed the beaches of northern France, telling them their spirit of courage and sacrifice is being continued by a new generation of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.

More than 250 World War Two veterans in their late 80s and early 90s, many of them frail, traveled to Omaha Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Jun 6, 2014
Jun 6, 2014

World leaders gather for D-Day tribute, hope for thaw on Ukraine

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France (Reuters) – World leaders and veterans paid tribute on the 70th anniversary of the World War Two D-Day landings to soldiers who fell in the liberation of Europe from Nazi German rule, as host France sought to use the event to achieve a thaw in the Ukraine crisis.

Wreaths, parades and parachute-drops honored history’s largest amphibious assault on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront German forces, hastening its defeat and the advent of peace in Europe.

Jun 6, 2014

World leaders pay tribute to D-Day fallen, seek Ukraine thaw

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France, June 6 (Reuters) – World leaders
and veterans paid tribute on the 70th anniversary of the World
War Two D-Day landings to soldiers who fell in the liberation of
Europe from Nazi German rule, as host France sought to use the
event to achieve a thaw in the Ukraine crisis.

Wreaths, parades and parachute-drops honoured history’s
largest amphibious assault on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 U.S.,
British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront German
forces, hastening its defeat and the advent of peace in Europe.

Jun 6, 2014
Jun 6, 2014
Jun 5, 2014

Hollande bids to use D-Day encounters for Ukraine thaw

PARIS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande urged world leaders arriving in France on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War Two’s D-Day landings to use the occasion to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Hollande, criticised at home for a lack of initiative on Ukraine, was due to have a working dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama before dashing across Paris to join Russia’s Vladimir Putin for a second evening meal later on Thursday.

Jun 5, 2014

G7 leaders back 2015 climate deal, aim to build on US momentum

BRUSSELS/PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations gave their backing on Thursday to a new
global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the
United States at the start of the week galvanised flagging
momentum.

The United States’ plan to cut emissions from power plants
by 30 percent by 2030 prompted the European Union into a defence
of its own record.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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