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Ukraine: Military Standoffs And High Tensions Reported

Members of pro-Russian forces and Ukraine's military have avoided violence in what's widely seen as a dangerous and uncertain situation. Diplomats are still working to find a possible solution.

How Sanctions Against Russia Could Come Back To Bite Europe

EU countries are threatening punitive economic measures against Russia for its involvement in Crimea, but longstanding ties between Russia and the EU could make sanctions a double-edged sword.

The Conflict Inside Ukraine Is More Than An East-West Divide

The crisis in Ukraine stems from a generational divide, according to Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic. She tells NPR's Scott Simon that Russia's Vladimir Putin has plans for Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines Flight Vanishes With 239 On Board

A Malaysian Airlines flight went off the radar on its flight from Kuala Lampur to Beijing with 239 people on board. Three Americans were on board, including an infant.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.