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Putin Reportedly Joins List Of Nobel Peace Prize Nominees

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Nobel committee says 278 people or institutions have been nominated for this year's prize. That's a record. Russia's leader is said to be among them. So is "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden.

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China To Boost Defense Spending Amid Regional Tensions

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Beijing has proposed increasing its military outlays by 12.2 percent due in part to what one official called "severe security challenges."

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Italian Publisher Launches Pope Francis Fan Magazine

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The premiere issue of Il Mio Papa (or My Pope) includes a pull-out centerfold of the smiling, cassock-clad pontiff. But Francis tells an Italian newspaper there's too much hype surrounding his papacy.

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Time For Tense Negotiations In Ukraine, Kerry Says

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

There was no one-on-one meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers, but Secretary of State John Kerry said all sides agreed the impasse in Crimea must be resolved through dialogue.

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Russian TV Host Who Slammed Moscow Says She Won't Go To Crimea

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

After RT America host Abby Martin blasted Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the English-language network said she'd be sent to Crimea to "make up her own mind." But Martin says she's not going.

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All Things Considered

'The Fact Is These Are Russian Forces,' Says Ukraine's Ambassador To U.S.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

"The whole world witnessed the act of aggression of Russia against Ukraine," Olexander Motsyk says. "And they ... participate in toppling local government in Crimea."

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Obama And Kerry Criticize Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Russia's explanation for its military response to the crisis in Ukraine doesn't match real events, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say.

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Virus Locked In Siberian Ice For 30,000 Years Is Revived In Lab

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A team of scientists says it has reawakened an ancient pathogen. It's not dangerous to humans, but they warn that climate change could free potentially deadly organisms locked in permafrost.

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Nepal Cracks Down On Messy Everest Climbers

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Authorities say that from now on, climbers on the world's tallest peak will be expected to return 18 pounds of garbage on their way down or lose a $4,000 deposit.

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For Those Itching To Etch, Great Wall Now Has A Graffiti Zone

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Many tourists can't seem to resist leaving their marks on China's famous wall. Authorities are hoping to contain the damage by creating a place where it's OK to do so.

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Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Contradicting reports from the ground, the Russian leader insists that the armed men are "local self-defense forces." He also says Russia has no plans to annex Crimea.

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China Arrests 3 Suspects In Saturday's Deadly Knife Attack

Monday, March 03, 2014

All eight people responsible for the attack are now accounted for, the state-run Xinhua news agency says, citing a police report.

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There's A Recent Precedent For Russia's Action In Ukraine

Monday, March 03, 2014

The current crisis in Ukraine has echoes of 2008 when Russian troops intervened in a breakaway region in Georgia. In that instance, the West threatened to punish Russia but took little action.

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Pope Francis Lets A Vulgarity Slip During Vatican Address

Monday, March 03, 2014

It was a simple slip of the tongue, they say. But when the pope accidentally utters a vulgar word in a public speech, people notice.

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Russia Denies Issuing Ultimatum Or Warning Ukraine Of 'Storm'

Monday, March 03, 2014

Russian media say a stern message has been delivered: Ukraine must surrender Crimea, or a full-on military assault could begin Tuesday. Russia disputes that account.

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Pistorius Pleads Not Guilty, Witness Tells Of Hearing Screams

Monday, March 03, 2014

The murder trial of the South African sprinter known as the "Blade Runner" has begun. He's accused of killing his girlfriend. Oscar Pistorius say she mistook her for an intruder.

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After Entering Crimea, Where Will Russia Stop?

Monday, March 03, 2014

President Vladimir Putin's forces have effectively taken over the peninsula. Now, the world is watching anxiously to see if Russian troops move into other parts of Ukraine.

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Outgoing Afghan President Karzai Says U.S. Betrayed Him

Sunday, March 02, 2014

In an interview with The Washington Post, the departing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, said that "Afghans died in a war that's not ours."

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China Blames Muslim Separatists For Deadly Knife Attack

Sunday, March 02, 2014

At least 29 people were killed and nearly 150 wounded in Saturday's attack in Kunming, in southwest China, as 10 assailants randomly stabbed rail passengers.

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Is It Too Late For Ukraine To Take Back Crimea?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

With Russian troops having seized key assets in the Black Sea peninsula, experts say Ukraine's military is ill-prepared to take on Moscow's troops in a fight to reclaim the territory.

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