Ukraine Peace Deal: Ceasefire Starting February 15, Removal of Heavy Weapons

An agreement has been brokered in Minsk to stop hostilities in Ukraine from Sunday. The deal was reached after marathon talks between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, and signed by the Ukrainian rebels.

I believe we agreed on a big deal. We agreed to a ceasefire starting at 00:00 on February 15,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told the media after the talks were finished.

Pentagon deploys A-10 attack jets, 300 pilots to Germany amid Ukraine turmoil

The US Air Force dispatched a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets and about 300 airmen to Germany as part of a military exercise, which is expected to involve NATO allies in Eastern Europe amid simmering tensions over Ukraine.

The Cold War-era aircraft, nicknamed the Warthog, on Monday departed Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

UN Security Council to vote Feb 12 on Russia’s resolution curbing ISIL cash flow

NEW YORK-The United Nations Security Council will vote on Thursday on a draft resolution intended to increase pressure on governments to cut off the cash flow to the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIL) terrorists, a spokesman for Russia's United Nations mission told Itar Tass on Tuesday.

Palestine has opened its first embassy in Western Europe

Palestine has opened its first embassy in Western Europe in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm amid Israel’s anger.

According to official Swedish sources, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom attended the inauguration ceremony of the Palestinian embassy in Stockholm on Tuesday night, press. TV reported.

Russian, EU Leaders to Push for Peace in Ukraine at Minsk Summit

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are to meet for last-ditch talks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a way out of the Ukrainian crisis.

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, France's Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to build on a blueprint for a peace treaty in Ukraine that Merkel and Hollande offered during their Thursday trip to Kiev, with added proposals by both Putin and Poroshenko.

Czech FM: The West Harvesting “Bitter Fruits” of Its Policy in Iraq

PRAGUE-Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has stressed that the West is harvesting the bitter fruits of its policy in Iraq.

In an article published by the Czech “Bravo” newspaper on Tuesday, Zaoralek said that Daesh terrorist organization consists of groups of criminals and it poses a big challenge to the entire world.

There is no good or bad terrorism

NEW DELHI: Citing the horrific killings in Syria, France and in a Peshawar school, President Pranab Mukherjee urged the international community to assert itself and take concerted and determined action against terrorism of which India is one of the oldest victims.

"Terrorism is today an industry of evil. It is not just a threat to peace and security but an attack on humanity as a whole and civilization as we understand.... The international community must assert itself and tackle the problem by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action," he said addressing the sixth conference of ambassadors and high commissioners who head Indian missions abroad.

France Detains 6 Suspected in Jihadi Network

PARIS — Police detained six suspected extremists in southwest France on Sunday in the second such sweep in five days, part of an effort aimed at snuffing out networks of Muslim radicals sending fighters abroad — stepped up since January attacks in Paris.

According to AP, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the six, arrested around Albi and Toulouse, were suspected of helping to finance jihadi networks that recruit youth for fighting in Syria or Iraq. Recruiters and others who help French residents travel to battlefronts also are being targeted.