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The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics

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A serious rift in the church could have big consequences in Ukraine, Russia and Greece.

Bomb at Crimea College Kills 13 and Injures 50, Russia Says

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While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the euphoria in Crimea over Russia’s 2014 annexation has long since turned to resentment.

Russia Takes Further Step Toward Major Schism in Orthodox Church

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The Russian Orthodox Church moved to sever ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate to protest moves to form an independent church in Ukraine.

Trump Nominee Draws Scrutiny for Ties to Ukrainian Energy Interests

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The case, involving the president’s choice for a top post at the Department of Homeland Security, is the latest to shed light on foreign influence on American politics and government.

Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

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Eastern Orthodox Christians in Ukraine want an independent church free of Moscow’s influence. The Russians, seething, are threatening to break entirely with the mother church.

At War With Russia in East, Ukraine Has Worries in the West, Too

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Berehove may be in Ukraine, but its people look to Hungary for money and support against Kiev, showcasing the perils of Viktor Orban’s nationalist path.

Ukrainian Film Director Jailed in Russia Is Said to End Hunger Strike

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Oleg Sentsov, an outspoken critic of the annexation of Crimea, is in prison on terrorism charges that many consider spurious. His protest started in May.

How a Ukrainian Hairdresser Became a Front for Paul Manafort

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To evade taxes, many shell companies are headed by “nominee directors” who can be homeless people or even victims of identity theft.

4,000 Children Flee Pollution Disaster on Ukraine-Crimea Border

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Sulfurous pollution from a chemical factory is blowing across a disputed border with Crimea in Ukraine, forcing evacuations on both sides.

For His Next Act, a Ukrainian Rock Star Looks to Politics

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Svyatoslav I. Vakarchuk, Ukraine’s favorite musician, sang the protest anthems for two popular uprisings and is now considering a run for president.

Paul Manafort Agrees to Cooperate With Special Counsel; Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges

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The plea deal by President Trump’s former campaign chairman was a victory for Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

How Ukraine is Fighting Corruption One Heart Stent at a Time

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A lesson in tackling a colossal problem with small, pragmatic measures.

Ukrainian Separatist Leader Is Killed in Restaurant Bombing

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Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, died in a bomb attack on Friday evening in eastern Ukraine.

Lobbyist Sam Patten Pleads Guilty to Steering Foreign Funds to Trump Inaugural

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The lobbyist, Sam Patten, worked for a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party, the same one that employed Paul Manafort.

Prosecutors in Ukraine Investigate Ex-Manafort Associates

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The conviction of President Trump’s former campaign manager has prompted Ukrainian prosecutors to look into former officials who approved millions of dollars in consulting fees

Measles in Europe, Recently at Record Low, Jumps to Highest Level Since ’90s

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A combination of complacency, instability and opposition to vaccination contributes to lagging immunization rates in many countries.

Merkel and Putin: A Long History of Distrust and Reconciliation

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The German chancellor and the Russian president are set to meet on Saturday. Their discussions will be influenced by a long history of alienation and rapprochements.

A Consequence of Ukraine’s War: Less Hunting, More Wolf Attacks

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With hunting banned as far as 40 miles from the front line, pheasants and hares proliferate, drawing foxes and wolves into closer contact with people and pets.

Another Surprise Meeting With Putin. This Time, It’s Merkel.

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The German chancellor will meet with the Russian president as their countries seek to cooperate on issues like Syria and a shared gas pipeline.

Searching for a Lost Odessa — and a Deaf Childhood

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A poet returns to the city of his birth.

Russia Is Not on the Docket at Manafort’s Trial, but It Will Be in the Air

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The trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, concerns his work as a consultant in Ukraine. But the Russia inquiry looms over the proceedings.

How Alan Friedman, Italy’s Professional American, Put Paul Manafort in Jail

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Documents filed in the Manafort case allege that Mr. Friedman, an Italian media celebrity, helped lobbying efforts in the U.S. and Europe on behalf of Ukraine.

At Prayer Breakfast, Guests Seek Access to a Different Higher Power

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The annual event has become a hub of influence-peddling, as foreign dignitaries, religious leaders and lobbyists jockey for access to top American officials.

Oksana Shachko, a Founder of Feminist Protest Movement, Dies at 31

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She was a key member of Femen, whose members held bare-breasted demonstrations against authoritarian leaders and the exploitation of women.

Attacks on Roma Force Ukraine to Confront an Old Ethnic Enmity

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The assaults by nationalist groups pose a dilemma for Kiev, which is beholden to many of the same paramilitaries for their role fighting the Russian incursion in the east.