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THURSDAY, 17 APR 2014
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Putin will keep rolling, until Obama tells him ‘no more’ 
By David Ignatius | April 17, 2014 12:10 AM
As President Barack Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the United States or Europe.
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Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armoured vehicles 
By Thomas Grove, Gabriela Baczynska | April 16, 2014 11:01 AM (Last Updated: 16/04/2014 03:37 PM)
Pro-Russian separatists hoist the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government's attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country's future.
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Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks 
By Gabriela Baczynska, Thomas Grove | April 16, 2014 12:07 PM
Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia stage rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future.
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Russia tests Obama’s ability to stop its advances 
By Julie Pace | April 16, 2014 12:06 AM
President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.
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Obama urges Putin to rein in Ukraine insurgents 
April 15, 2014 06:59 AM (Last Updated: 15/04/2014 12:21 PM)
Obama urges Putin to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine, as the Kiev government seeks UN help to tackle the growing insurgency.
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Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city 
By Nicolas Miletitch, Dmitry Zaks | April 15, 2014 03:40 PM (Last Updated: 15/04/2014 06:46 PM)
Ukraine sends a large armored column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk as Kiev's fledgling leaders try to reassert control over the separatist east.
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US praises 'measured' approach of Kiev's forces in east Ukraine 
April 15, 2014 08:09 PM
The White House said Tuesday that Ukraine faces an "untenable" situation over separatist uprisings in the east and described its military operation against pro-Russia militants as "measured."
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U.S. to confirm arming opposition in Syria: sources 
By Antoine Ghattas Saab | April 16, 2014 12:17 AM
According to diplomatic sources in Beirut, an American decision to increase support to the armed factions of the Syrian Opposition will materialize in the next few days in a bid to re-emphasize the Western power’s central role in the Syria crisis.
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Israelis, Palestinians seeking to extend peace talks: US 
April 15, 2014 10:57 PM
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are hammering out a way to extend their faltering peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, a US official said Tuesday, refuting calls from a leading daily to call it quits.
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Russia warns of civil war as Ukraine troops push east 
April 16, 2014 12:43 AM
Russia warned Tuesday that Ukraine was on the brink of “civil war” after Kiev’s leaders pushed troops and tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city to counter a separatist surge backed by Moscow.
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Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar steps down from post 
April 16, 2014 12:42 AM
Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh’s attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, has resigned from his post, state media reported Tuesday.
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Videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria 
By Peter Apps | April 15, 2014 11:26 PM (Last Updated: 15/04/2014 11:33 PM)
Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war.
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Iran protests U.S. ban of United Nations ambassador 
April 16, 2014 12:07 AM
Iran has formally protested Washington’s refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a “dangerous” precedent.
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Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations 
April 15, 2014 12:22 PM
The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
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Putin tells Obama charges of Ukraine interference 'unfounded' 
April 14, 2014 11:22 PM (Last Updated: 14/04/2014 11:50 PM)
President Vladimir Putin on Monday told US counterpart Barack Obama that charges of Russia meddling in eastern Ukraine were "unfounded", the Kremlin said.
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Hollande, Obama share 'concern' over Ukraine violence 
April 14, 2014 07:48 PM (Last Updated: 14/04/2014 08:22 PM)
Presidents Francois Hollande of France and Barack Obama of the US share the same "concern" over the violence witnessed in east Ukraine over the past few days, the French presidency said in a statement Monday.
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White House: Obama to call Putin, not considering lethal aid for Ukraine 
April 14, 2014 09:16 PM
The White House on Monday said President Barack Obama would speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin soon, perhaps later in the day, and made clear the United States was not considering lethal aid for Ukraine.
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Unopposed separatists tighten grip on eastern Ukraine 
April 15, 2014 12:45 AM
Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown, leaving Moscow’s partisans essentially unopposed.
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Supremacist suspect in attacks on Jewish sites 
April 15, 2014 12:32 AM
The man accused of killing three people in attacks at Jewish-related sites in Kansas Sunday is a well-known white supremacist who has run for public office on a white power platform and was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
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Iran court overturns ex-US Marine's death sentence 
April 13, 2014 10:51 AM
Iran's Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence handed to a former US Marine convicted of espionage, with the penalty being cut to 10 years in jail, media reported Sunday.


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