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'Moldova is free' cheers new premier as rival steps aside

15 Jun 2019

CHISINAU Moldova's new prime minister Maia Sandu consolidated her power on Friday as her predecessor resigned, appearing to ease a crisis that shook the country for the past week as two rival governments jostled for control.

Moldovan parties agree to form government after months of deadlock

08 Jun 2019

CHISINAU/KIEV Moldovan parties on Saturday agreed to form a government and appoint Maia Sandu, a former education minister and World Bank adviser, as prime minister with a mandate to curb the power of oligarchs in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Factbox: New Ukraine president picks top reformist, men with oligarch ties

31 May 2019

KIEV Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed a mix of people to his core team, which includes a reformist former finance minister, men with ties to a controversial oligarch and people from his TV production company.

Factbox: New Ukraine president picks top reformist, men with oligarch ties

31 May 2019

KIEV Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed a mix of people to his core team, which includes a reformist former finance minister, men with ties to a controversial oligarch and people from his TV production company.

Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili stages triumphant return to Ukraine

30 May 2019

KIEV Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili returned to Ukraine on Wednesday, greeted by cheering supporters and music at Kiev airport, after new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy restored his Ukrainian citizenship a year after he was deported. | Video

Ukraine president appoints lawyer linked to PrivatBank tycoon as administration chief

21 May 2019

KIEV Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy picked a lawyer with links to a prominent tycoon on Tuesday as head of the presidential administration, an appointment closely watched by investors in the early days of Zelenskiy's term.

Ukraine president appoints lawyer linked to PrivatBank tycoon as administration chief

21 May 2019

KIEV Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy picked a lawyer with links to a prominent tycoon on Tuesday as head of the presidential administration, an appointment closely watched by investors in the early days of Zelenskiy's term.

Ukraine president appoints lawyer linked to PrivatBank tycoon as administration chief

21 May 2019

KIEV Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy picked a lawyer with links to a prominent tycoon on Tuesday as head of the presidential administration, an appointment closely watched by investors in the early days of Zelenskiy's term.

UPDATE 1-Ukraine president appoints lawyer linked to PrivatBank tycoon as administration chief

21 May 2019

KIEV, May 21 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy picked a lawyer with links to a prominent tycoon on Tuesday as head of the presidential administration, an appointment closely watched by investors in the early days of Zelenskiy's term.

Russia testing Ukraine's new leader with passport move - Lithuania

26 Apr 2019

KIEV Russia's decision to make it easier for residents of rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to obtain a Russian passport is meant to test Ukraine's new leader and the West should not recognise the documents, Lithuania's foreign minister said on Friday.

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Iran shoots down U.S. military drone in Gulf region

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone that it said was flying over one of its southern provinces on the Gulf, increasing fears of military conflict as Washington seeks to isolate Tehran over its nuclear and regional activities.