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Found Around Chernobyl: Hundreds of Playful Pups

Dogs' ancestors were abandoned by residents after the nuclear plant meltdown in '86

(Newser) - Tarzan loves to fetch sticks, run after snowballs, and is, per Julie McDowall, "a playful example of global kindness and cooperation." Writing for the Guardian , McDowall explains that Tarzan is one of hundreds of stray dogs living in the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant,... More »

Protesters Storm Kiev, Demand Ukraine President's Resignation

Rally led by Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-Georgian president and ex-ally of Petro Poroshenko

(Newser) - Thousands of demonstrators have marched in the Ukrainian capital to demand the resignation of President Petro Poroshenko. The protest of about 5,000 people in Kiev on Sunday ( TASS puts the number closer to 1,000) was led by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who moved to Ukraine... More »

Fastest-Shrinking Nations Are All in One Part of World

Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria in the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - The number of people living in Bulgaria is expected to drop by nearly a quarter by the year 2050—and its neighbors aren't going to fare much better demographically, per UN population projections cited by Quartz . Over the next 30-plus years, Bulgaria will see its population fall from around... More »

Trump Administration Decision on Ukraine Angers Russia

US will supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

(Newser) - The US State Department announced Friday it will be providing "enhanced defensive capabilities" to Ukraine for its struggle against separatists backed by Russia, the Guardian reports. According to CBS News , Ukraine accuses Russia of supplying separatists with tanks. And while the State Department isn't commenting on what specific... More »

Paul Manafort Wrote an Op-Ed While Under House Arrest

Prosecutors on Mueller's team say the piece was written under someone else's name

(Newser) - Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service, the AP reports. Court papers say Manafort and the colleague sought to publish... More »

Ukraine Suspects Russian Drill Will Turn Into an Invasion

Inside the apprehension over Zapad-2017

(Newser) - Newsweek's headline doesn't pull any punches: "Russia Is Preparing for a Massive War, but We Don't Know Where, Warns Ukrainian President." The story is based on comments that president, Petro Poroshenko, made in a Thursday address to parliament regarding Russia's Zapad-2017 exercises in... More »

Look to Ukraine for N. Korea's Missile Engines: Expert

Expert analysis points to Dnipro factory as producing engines scooped up by Pyongyang

(Newser) - Many are worried over North Korea's ICBM launch last month, which analysts say indicate its weapons can now reach the US. And what may be behind this apparent success: liquid-propellant rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory linked to Russia's missile program that were then scooped up on the... More »

There Is Now a 'Vaccine' for the Latest Global Cyberattack

Experts suspect motive for attack isn't money

(Newser) - Security researchers have been unable to find a "kill switch" for the latest cyberattack hitting systems around the world—but they have developed a vaccine. Researchers say that the Petya ransomware will not encrypt files on computers that have the read-only file "C:\Windows\perfc.dat," the BBC... More »

Steven Seagal Banned From Ukraine

Country says he's a security threat

(Newser) - Steven Seagal spends a lot of time in the nations that used to make up the USSR, but one of them has now declared him persona non grata. Ukraine has slapped the actor with a 5-year ban from the country, labelling him a threat to national security, the Guardian reports.... More »

Rare Cancer in NYC Linked to Chernobyl

Radiation from 1986 meltdown may have caused 10 cases of eye cancer

(Newser) - It was a rare form of eye cancer seen only a few times in the US in the past two decades. So when 10 New Yorkers developed vitreoretinal lymphoma within four years of each other, researchers hunted for a common link. That search led them across the world to the... More »

Ex-Trump Campaign Chief Accused of Hiding Payment

Ukraine lawmaker says he has found secret invoice

(Newser) - Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign manager who stepped down last summer amid controversy over his ties to a pro-Russia party in Ukraine, is facing a fresh allegation of hiding secret payments. Ukraine lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko has published a contract and invoice supposedly from Manafort, a former adviser to pro-Russia former... More »

World's 2nd 3-Parent Baby Is Here, but for Different Reason

And via a slightly different method carried out in Ukraine

(Newser) - Another reported first in the nascent world of three-parent babies: an infant born to a previously infertile couple, the BBC reports. The baby born Jan. 5 in Ukraine was created via pronuclear transfer , explained in more detail by New Scientist : The mother's egg and a donor's egg are... More »

17 Stolen Masterpieces Returned Year After Heist

They're back in Italy with only scratches

(Newser) - Seventeen masterpieces valued at $17.7 million were returned to Italy from Ukraine on Wednesday after being stolen by masked, armed robbers from a Verona art museum last year. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, who traveled to Kiev to retrieve the paintings—which included works by Rubens, Tintoretto, and Mantegna—... More »

GOPers on 'Collision Course' With Trump Over Russia

He's downplaying alleged election meddling

(Newser) - Some leading Senate Republicans are on a "direct collision course" with Donald Trump over the election, according to the Washington Post . The GOP senators—including prominent Trump critics John McCain and Lindsey Graham—are planning to launch an aggressive and wide-ranging probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election... More »

Guy Changes His Name to 'iPhone 7'

He got a free phone

(Newser) - A Ukrainian man has officially changed his name to iPhone 7 after an electronics store offered the latest Apple product to the first five people who do that. The 20-year old iPhone Sim (Ukrainian for "Seven") got the coveted prize Friday. He says he might change it back... More »

Russian Missile Shot Down MH17: Investigators

Evidence in Dutch-led probe points to Buk missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

(Newser) - Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday that after a two-year probe, they have solid evidence a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the AP reports. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch National Police's Central Crime Investigation department, said communications intercepts showed... More »

Trump Campaign Chief Disses NYT for Ukraine Story

Paul Manafort denies improper payments

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign chief accuses the New York Times of a hatchet job against him in a Monday story that alleges he received shady payments out of Ukraine, reports Politico . “Once again, the New York Times has chosen to purposefully ignore facts and professional journalism to fit their... More »

Trump Campaign Chief Listed in Secret Ukraine Ledger

His lawyer says he never got the $12.7M

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign chief may have closer—and more illegal—ties to pro-Russia interests in Ukraine than he has let on, according to a New York Times report on secret ledgers that anti-corruption investigators have uncovered in Kiev. Investigators say the ledgers list $12.7 million in payments to... More »

Amid Chernobyl's Ruins, One Thing of Value Remains

Sunshine is about the only thing safe to export from the exclusion zone

(Newser) - If anything, the land in the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone left largely untouched since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 is cheap. After all, studies suggest it won't be inhabitable until the year 4986, reported McClatchy DC in April, and pretty much nothing can be harvested from it. But now... More »

Genius Idea Gets Busted: Booze Pipeline

Ukraine officials find pipeline trying to send bootleg alcohol into Moldova

(Newser) - The details are scant thus far, but this is not your daddy's pipeline: Authorities in Ukraine say they have foiled plans to ship bootleg alcohol from Moldova to Ukraine via a pipeline, reports the AP . The SBU security service said on Tuesday that border guards in the country's... More »

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