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  • Americans want strong foreign policy on the cheap

    There's a popular observation among political commentators that Americans want a beneficial -- but cheap -- government.

  • NATO-member countries delivering weapons to Ukraine

    "I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with. But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us," Ukraine's defense minister said.

  • Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

    LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders. "Early in the morning, we entered Ukraine to bring...

  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the...

  • Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. "I'm happy that today, with a trilateral meeting we had in...

  • US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States hit Russia Friday with a new round of economic sanctions, levying penalties on Russia's largest bank and expanding financing restrictions on major energy and defense companies. The sanctions were imposed in coordination with the European Union, which unveiled...

  • European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Nine European countries demanded on Friday that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border. At a scheduled meeting in Tallinn, the capital, eight Nordic and Baltic...

  • Obama administration sanctions Russia's largest bank

    The Obama administration Friday announced new penalties against Russia's largest bank and expanded sanctions on the nation's energy and defense sectors, pledging additional economic punishment if Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his incursions in Ukraine.

  • EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

    BRUSSELS (AP) — New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine. The EU measures, details of which were released...

  • Exclusive: White House delays release of security-strategy doctrine

    Even before President Obama's "no strategy" gaffe and this week's major speech laying out a plan to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, White House staffers were working on updating a long overdue national security strategy doctrine.

  • Putin pounces as Obama focuses on Mideast

    It's a pattern many analysts have noticed in Putin's behavior: wait until the U.S. is tied up with another crisis -- this time with mounting tensions against the Islamic State -- then pounce.

  • Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing high-tech exports and targeting more officials with travel bans and...

  • Obama: U.S. placing tougher sanctions on Russia

    President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would "intensify" sanctions against Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors, as western powers ratchet up their showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his incursions in Ukraine.

  • Russia cuts gas supplies to Poland

    Russia's natural gas supplies to Poland have dropped by 45 percent this week, Poland's state gas company told the BBC, a move many analysts saw as punishment for Poland sending gas to Ukraine.

  • Obama to lawmakers: Crimea is 'gone'

    "I was in a meeting in the White House a few weeks ago, and the president was giving us a synopsis of the problems around the world, and I said, 'You didn't mention Crimea. Is that just gone?' And the basic answer was, 'Yeah, that's gone,'" Rep. Buck McKeon told an audience at the American...



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