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Tensions Rise In Ukraine Standoff

New tensions are flaring between Russian and Ukraine, as Russia signaled that it was prepared to annex Crimea. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with New York Times reporter Steven Erlanger.
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Spain's Robin Hood Mayor Fights For 'Communist Utopia'

The mayor of a small Spanish town cleaned out supermarkets to give food to the hungry and draw attention to their economic plight. But now he's facing a potential jail stint.
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What The U.S. Can Learn From Finland, Where School Starts At Age 7

Finland, a country the size of Minnesota, beats the U.S. in math, reading and science. The country's top education official says investing in preschool and day care is key.
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Russia's Goal In Ukraine: Three Scenarios

Russia has faced few repercussions for its intervention in Crimea and President Vladimir Putin has not revealed his larger intentions in Ukraine.
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Search For Malaysian Jet Spots Oil Slicks In Waters Off Vietnam

An international search-and-rescue mission is scouring the waters off Vietnam's coast after a passenger jet carrying 239 people disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
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Brief Standoff Over Ukrainian Base In Crimea Ends Peacefully

A Russian military truck reportedly smashed through the gate of the base in Sevastopol, the port city that houses Russia's Black Sea fleet.
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Moscow's Ukraine Looks Different From The One Seen By The West

Russian politicians are all voicing the same narrative: Ukraine's legitimate government was overthrown by neo-Nazis, while the armed men in Crimea are not Russian troops but local self-defense groups.
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In Kharkiv, A Snapshot Of Ukraine's Tumult And Hope

In Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, both pro-Europe and pro-Russian groups are planning more rallies this weekend. Some residents fear civil war; others believe compromise is still possible.
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Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge

The only American to medal in biathlon, Army veteran Andy Soule did it with just his arms. Soule and other service members are bringing their speed and precision to the grueling competition in Sochi.
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Week In Politics: Ukraine And CPAC

Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam of National Review and Reuters. They discuss the U.S. role in Ukraine's ongoing crisis and the latest news from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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