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Kim Jong Un's Right-Hand Man Resurfaces After Mysterious Absence

Choe Ryong Hae, believed to have replaced Kim's executed uncle, Jang Song Thaek, is being shown again on official television after disappearing from public view.
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Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea

The U.S. has condemned any move by Crimea to split from Ukraine, saying that would violate international law. But Russia's parliament is vowing to support such a decision.
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U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, tells NPR that U.S. decision-makers were given a week's notice that some Russian action was likely.
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Investors: Oversight Is Needed For Bitcoin To Become Mainstream

Bitcoin's growth was built on the idea it was a currency of the people, unattached to any central bank or regulating authority. But a major theft has put that vision to a tough test.
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House Backs Obama's Request To Back Loans For Ukraine

The crisis in Ukraine is galvanizing unusually swift bipartisan action on Capitol Hill. The GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine.
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Crisis With Russia Propels Ukrainian Nationalism

During Ukraine's recent revolution, ultra nationalist groups were prominent among the protesters battling police in Kiev's Maidan Square. A nationalist party was included in the interim government.
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Crisis In Ukraine Reveals Tensions Within RT's Newsroom

The name of the cable news network RT used to stand for Russia Today, and it is funded by the Russian government. The network's three channels serve as a propaganda arms of the Kremlin.
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Ukraine's Economy Was In Trouble Before Its Crisis With Russia

With the IMF and the EU offering loans and grants to Ukraine, there are questions about what sort of conditions to attach to the aid, and where the money will go. Corruption is a big issue in Ukraine.
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Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

To stay competitive, Europeans need cheaper natural gas but they also need to be less dependent upon Russia. They're looking at fracking as a solution, but opponents have environmental concerns.
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How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I

World War I began 100 years ago this summer. The spark — Archduke Ferdinand's assassination — was dramatic, tragic and, in some ways, almost comic.

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