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Outrage Out Of Moscow As News Of Ukrainian Offensive Spreads

Moscow has accused the U.S. and EU of destroying hopes for peace in eastern Ukraine by supporting the interim government's attempts to retake towns occupied by pro-Russia militants.
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Deaths And Downed Helicopters In Eastern Ukraine Offensive

The Ukrainian government says it has begun an operation to retake the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk from pro-Moscow militants. Militants there have already shot down two government helicopters.
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An End In Sight For Siege Of Homs, As Syrian Rebels Plot Retreat

A deal is in the works to draw the long battle at Homs to a close. The deal would let the rebel fighters evacuate their stronghold in the Syrian city, at which point the Syrian government would enter.
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Out Of White House Meeting, Obama And Merkel Emerge United On Russia

President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Friday, in an effort to present a united front on the Ukrainian crisis. The pair held a joint press conference discussing the prospect of further sanctions on Russia.
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Obama Administration Lost Overseas?

The jobs report meant good news for the White House, but Secretary of State John Kerry is tending to a crisis in South Sudan. The Political Chat focuses on foreign and domestic challenges.
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Landslide In Afghanistan Reportedly Leaves Hundreds Missing

Officials say scores of people are missing and presumed dead after the slide buried a village in the mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan.
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Sinn Fein Leader's Arrest Ignites Debate Over Academic Freedom

Gerry Adams was arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with a 1972 killing. Some of the case evidence is from a Boston College oral history project in which participants were promised anonymity.
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NATO: Russia Uses Shadow Soldiers In Eastern Ukraine

NATO has been watching Russia as it took over part of Ukraine, and massed troops near another part. Steve Inskeep talks to NATO commander General Philip Breedlove.
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Toll Rises From Deadly Car Bomb In Nigerian Capital

At least 19 people died in the blast Thursday in Abuja, according to officials. Separately, the government says more girls were taken in a mass kidnapping earlier this month than previously believed.
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Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists In The East

Two Ukrainian copters were shot down in the fighting, which Kiev calls an "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russia rebels. Russia says the push "killed the last hope" for a deal to ease the crisis.

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