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France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amid ongoing fighting in Ukraine and stepped-up U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia, the deal has met with little criticism in the shipbuilding town of St. Nazaire, where it has created 2,500 jobs.

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White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Obama administration is slapping stronger sanctions on Russia. The sanctions — which target key sectors of the Russian economy, including finance and defense — come as a response to Moscow's alleged involvement in Ukraine. The move comes on the same day that the European Union announced sanctions of its own.

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White House Accuses Moscow Of Violating Landmark Arms Control Deal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Obama administration is accusing Russia of testing a banned cruise missile, thus violating a long-standing treaty that helped put an end to the Cold War. To learn more about the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

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Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

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White House Threatens More Russian Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Ukrainian Rebels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to give investigators access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision

Monday, July 28, 2014

Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company.

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Court Orders Russia To Pay Former Yukos Shareholders $50B

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Permanent Court of Arbitration called Russia's seizure of the oil company "devious and calculated." The ruling, one of the largest such awards, adds to tensions between Moscow and the West.

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Team Investigating Downing Of MH17 Turns Back Due To Heavy Fighting

Monday, July 28, 2014

The crew — made up of Dutch and Australian experts — were headed toward the debris field when they heard explosions.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Monday, July 28, 2014

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many will have missed a decade or more of work.

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What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

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Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The cyclist had dominated the Tour, wearing the yellow jersey through all but two stages of the grueling three-week competition.

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U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border.

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Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Donetsk, Ukraine, says government forces appear to be gaining ground against rebels who control the wreckage site.

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Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Kiev's forces have been advancing on key rebel stronghold in hopes of forcing a collapse of the separatist movement.

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U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The data recorder was recovered from the Air Algerie AH5017 debris field in southern Mali. Investigators are linking Thursday's crash that killed 118 to bad weather.

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Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

Friday, July 25, 2014

In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.

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Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.

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U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.

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Ukraine's Prime Minister Quits After Allies Withdraw From Coalition

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Svoboda and Udar parties pulled out of the governing coalition, prompting Arseniy Yatsenyuk's decision. Parliament's speaker said it was up to the two parties to name a temporary prime minister.

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