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Iran general urges Tehran to make new U.N. pick 
April 19, 2014 01:33 PM
A senior Iranian military official has urged the Foreign Ministry to name a new envoy to the U.N. after the U.S. blocked Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the country.
Ukraine in 'pivotal period' as deal stalls, U.S. warns Russia 
April 19, 2014 11:20 AM
Russia is under intense U.S. pressure Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to give up eastern towns they are occupying.
Ukraine calls Easter truce as separatists hold firm 
April 19, 2014 04:27 PM
The Ukrainian government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend as its U.S. ally threatened Moscow with new sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender.
Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy 
By Nedra Pickler | April 18, 2014 11:12 PM
President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations but says he's only treating it as guidance.
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis 
By David Ignatius | April 19, 2014 12:06 AM
Has the Obama administration really found the famous “exit ramp” in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis?
Russia not solely responsible in implementing Ukraine deal: Kremlin 
April 18, 2014 08:59 PM (Last Updated: 18/04/2014 09:45 PM)
Russia will not be the only party held responsible for implementing an agreement on easing tensions in Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman said Friday, adding that threats of further sanctions by Washington were "absolutely unacceptable".
Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm 
By Thomas Grove, Aleksandar Vasovic | April 18, 2014 01:02 PM (Last Updated: 18/04/2014 07:39 PM)
Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.
U.S. warns money managers of more Russia sanctions 
By Christopher Condon, Elisa Martinuzzi | April 19, 2014 12:07 AM
The Obama administration told asset managers last week it was planning additional sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.
Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant 
By E. Eduardo Castillo | April 18, 2014 09:46 PM
His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.
U.S. threatens Russia with further sanctions over Ukraine 
April 18, 2014 08:46 PM (Last Updated: 18/04/2014 10:24 PM)
The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into the eastern part of the country.
Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call 
April 17, 2014 08:52 PM (Last Updated: 17/04/2014 08:59 PM)
President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.
Obama not sure if Ukraine deal will work 
April 17, 2014 11:16 PM (Last Updated: 17/04/2014 11:46 PM)
President Barack Obama said a deal Thursday to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine was a "glimmer of hope" but cautioned he could not be sure if Russia would live up to it.
Japan delays whale hunt to after Obama visit 
April 18, 2014 12:11 AM
Japan has delayed the start of its next “research” whaling mission by a few days, an official said Thursday, amid media speculation the postponement was to avoid a clash with a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Grasp the sources of Russian conduct quickly, then act 
By Richard N. Haass | April 18, 2014 12:15 AM
No set amount of time must pass before journalism gives way to history, but normally historians write with the advantage of perspective that reflects the passage of years, decades, or even centuries.
Rivals unite to call for end to Ukraine crisis 
April 18, 2014 12:44 AM
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union together called Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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