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Obama Lays Groundwork For Sanctions Against Russia

With an executive order Thursday, President Obama authorized sanctions on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. Speaker Boehner praised the sanctions and offered congressional support going forward.
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In Both Moscow And Crimea, The Path Toward Union Made Easier

Lawmakers in Crimea have scheduled a referendum on whether to unite with Russia. Meanwhile, Russian legislators are considering two bills to streamline the process for Crimea to become part of Russia.
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Chinese Superstar Lifts Ivory Cause Onto His Shoulders

Former NBA star Yao Ming is very famous in China, and he's using his fame on behalf of conservation issues. Now a member of China's parliament, Yao is calling for a ban on the sale of ivory in China.
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Sao Paulo Residents Again Fill The Streets, This Time To Celebrate

Brazil faced major protests last year, an ominous sign for a country preparing to host the World Cup and the Olympics. The streets of Sao Paulo are once again packed, but this time it's to party.
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Obama Condemns Russian 'Intervention' In Ukraine

The world is "well beyond the days when borders can be withdrawn over the heads of democratic leaders," the president said Thursday.
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Niger Extradites Moammar Gadhafi's Son To Libya

Saadi Gadhafi, who is accused in connection with crackdowns on anti-regime protesters in the lead up to his father's 2011 ouster, had been under house arrest in the West African country.
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Russian, Ukranian Faith Leaders Encourage Hope During Crisis

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are being felt by Orthodox Christians in the US. Ukrainian and Russian religious leaders here discuss how they see their roles in the crisis.
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Global Insight On Drawing Girls To Tech

Tell Me More looks at strategies being used to encourage more young women to enter tech fields in the US, and what the international community is doing differently — for better and worse.
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U.S. Anchor For Russian TV Quits, Says Network 'Whitewashes' Crimea

American host Liz Wahl said she had no interest in being part of the Kremlin-backed Russia Today channel because it "whitewashes the actions of Putin."
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'We Are Ready To Protect Our Country,' Ukrainian Leader Says

While emphasizing he wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis and conceding his nation's military is far smaller than Russia's, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine has "the spirit" to defend itself.

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