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Ukraine's Weakened Military Could Hinder Poroshenko's Objectives

With Petro Poroshenko poised to assume the presidency, he's vowed to crush a pro-Russian rebellion in the eastern part of the country. Analysts say chronic problems with the armed forces is a problem.
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Upheaval In Libya Makes New Prime Minister's Job A Challenge

The new prime minister took office this week. Different branches of the armed forces, which are really militias on the government payroll, are fighting among each other and with rebels.
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Obama In Normandy For 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

The sky over Normandy is brilliant blue on Friday. President Obama joins Queen Elizabeth, the leader of France and others in marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II.
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The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.
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Is Pushing Interest Rates To Less Than Zero A Crazy Idea?

If a bank wants to deposit cash with the European Central Bank, it won't earn interest. In fact, the bank will actually have to pay the ECB for parking cash. It's designed to boost Europe's economy.
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How One Man's Arrest In London Shut Down Pakistan's Megacity

Altaf Hussain has been running his powerful Pakistani political movement from self-imposed exile for 22 years. After he was arrested in London on Tuesday, Karachi came to a grinding halt.
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On Eve Of D-Day Anniversary, World Leaders Cope With Fresher Scars

President Obama and other G-7 leaders are meeting in Brussels for a summit that is expected to be dominated by developments in Ukraine and Russia.
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Europe's Central Bank Goes Negative

The European Central Bank became the first major central bank to announce a negative interest rate. The ECB is trying to encourage spending in the eurozone, which has been mired in ultralow inflation.
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Using Social Media, Jihadi Groups Stay On Message

The Bowe Bergdahl exchange video released by the Taliban is the latest propaganda coup for jihadis on social media. Social media benefits jihadi groups because it is all about immediacy, not accuracy. Social media is changing the nature of jihad for young fighters as well. Some jihadis boast thousands of Twitter followers and are broadcasting their jihad for all to see.
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Judge Sums Phone-Hacking Details, As Jury Prepares To Decide Case

A London judge has been summarizing the findings of a phone-hacking trial that has touched the highest levels of British politics and journalism. The case is expected to go to the jury very soon.

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