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As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using a recent surge in popularity to crack down on opposition. Several proposed laws would strengthen penalties against protestors, and officials and local media alike are denouncing criticism of Putin as "unpatriotic."

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Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

During a visit to Kiev, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia that it must help to reduce tensions in Ukraine. A recent international agreement intended to disarm militant groups seems to be failing.

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Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.

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'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In Ukraine on Tuesday, the vice president also said "it's time for Russia to stop talking and start acting" to help resolve the crisis there.

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Slaviansk Strengthens Resolve To Fight Kiev Government

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Many in the Eastern Ukraine town have close links with Russia. They say they weren't consulted about Ukraine moving closer to the EU, and they won't stand for the West dictating their future.

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Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings

Monday, April 21, 2014

The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants.

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For Ukrainian Patient, Care Comes From Quiet Philly Suburb

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ukrainian hospitals have been overwhelmed since the start of violent clashes between protesters and police. Emma Jacobs of WHYY reports on the international relief effort organized out of Pennsylvania by one Ukrainian-American doctor, and on one of the patients who has received her care.

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Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support

Monday, April 21, 2014

The vice president has arrived in Kiev amid increased tensions in the country's east between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists. He was expected to offer energy and economic aid.

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6 Things I Saw In Eastern Ukraine

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NPR's Ari Shapiro went to Kiev this month planning to report several feature stories on the Ukrainian revolution. Instead, he found himself documenting a country edging toward civil war.

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Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The shootout took place at a checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week.

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Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller.

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Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Most Ukrainians are primarily Orthodox Christians, and Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Many in the country are hoping the holiday will calm current tensions.

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Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Citing recent progress and the Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings.

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Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West.

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Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

Friday, April 18, 2014

The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

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Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine

Friday, April 18, 2014

While diplomats have agreed on a plan to reduce tensions, the pro-Russia protesters who have seized government buildings say they aren't bound by that deal.

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Deal To Ease Ukraine Crisis Delays New Sanctions On Russia

Friday, April 18, 2014

The agreement calls on all parties to refrain from violence, requires that illegally-armed groups disarm and that control of government buildings be returned to Ukrainian authorities.

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Ukraine Dominates Putin's Yearly Call-In TV Show

Friday, April 18, 2014

President Putin was asked whether Russia planned to invade Ukraine. Putin said he hoped he didn't have to, but reserved the right to do so if he felt he needed to protect Russian interests there.

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On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so.

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Why Israel Is Staying On The Sidelines In Ukraine Crisis

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Israel has been largely silent about Russia's muscling in on Ukraine. The tiny country — with a Russian Jewish foreign minister — seems to want to preserve its good relations with Moscow.

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