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Putin Flexes Moscow's Muscles; Kerry Says This Isn't 'Rocky IV'

In neighboring Ukraine, tensions are high as efforts to form a new government continue. Ethnic Russians fear what may happen to them. That's led to concern about what Russia might do.
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Senate Report: Credit Suisse Bank Helped Americans Evade Taxes

The bank's CEO appeared before a Senate panel Wednesday to testify about secret Swiss bank accounts opened by U.S. citizens. At its peak, some 22,000 Americans had accounts at the bank.
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Obama Tells Pentagon To Plan A Full Afghan Departure

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security agreement that would keep U.S. troops in his country. Despite the pressure, Obama is giving Afghan officials more time to finish a deal.
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Mexican Judges Rule 'El Chapo' Will Stand Trial In Mexico First

The arrest of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman is a coup for Mexican authorities. Now comes the tussle over where he will be tried. He's wanted in at least seven U.S. federal districts.
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U.S. Response To Syria's Humanitarian Crisis Criticized

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson describes the response to the Syrian crisis as "strategic despair." He and Michael Abramowitz of the Holocaust museum, tell Renee Montagne about what they saw.
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Ukraine's Crimea Region Asks Russia For Protection

Millions of people in eastern Ukraine speak Russian as their first language. Russia's foreign minister complains about what he calls "neo-fascist sentiment" in western Ukraine.
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Outmanned And Outgunned, Libya Struggles To Fix Its Broken Army

In post-Gadhafi Libya, the militias, not the military, provide security — what little there is of it. Even as world powers lend help, rebuilding the gutted army is proceeding at a glacial pace.
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Gays And Lesbians Seeking Asylum In U.S. May Find A Hard Road

Laws like Uganda's that outlaw homosexuality may encourage some gay people abroad to seek asylum in the U.S. But proving a "well-founded fear of persecution" is not an easy path.
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Ukraine Will Turn Yanukovych Case Over To The Hague

The whereabouts of Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych remain unknown, but the opposition-led Parliament says any war crimes prosecution would come in the International Criminal Court.
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At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured As Venezuelan Protests Swell

Students and members of the middle class have taken to the streets in Venezuela, protesting a worsening economy and food shortages. AP bureau chief Joshua Goodman reports on the unrest from Caracas.

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