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  • 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...

  • GOP senator: Obama 'hot air' won't stop Putin's attack on Ukraine

    A key Senate Republican closely tied to Ukraine on Thursday said that the United States has abandoned its ally and that "hot air" from President Obama won't stop Russia's move into its western-leaning neighbor.

  • U.S., EU crafting hardest-hitting energy sanctions against Russia so far

    These sanctions would handcuff Russia's ability to raise revenue, as its government derives more than half its budget from oil and gas.

  • Even the Bush White House polled better than this

    With Obama set to address the nation on Wednesday night, trust in the nation's elected leaders to deal effectively with issues overseas has fallen to just 43 percent, an all-time low.

  • Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine. At the same time, he...

  • Becoming secretary of state could be Hillary's biggest political mistake

    Hillary Clinton enjoyed remarkably high approval ratings during her time as secretary of state under President Obama, but those numbers have evaporated as the Middle East burns and Moscow continues its expansion westward -- leaving her legacy in tatters.

  • Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. But President Petro Poroshenko said the regions would...

  • The stupidity of 'don't do stupid stuff'

    Never use force, don't threaten force, and no one will blame you for anything. Pull out of wars and your foes will stop fighting. Don't send men to war and your hands will be clean.

  • No easy scapegoat for Obama on foreign policy

    If Republicans make major gains in Congress in November at least in part because of President Obama's perceived weakness on foreign policy, it won't be easy for Obama to respond with a major shake-up of his national security team.

  • Hagel reassures Georgia of its importance to U.S.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with top officials in the former Soviet state of Georgia to discuss Russia's reawakening ambitions in Europe.

  • Ukraine shelling claims lives, sets houses ablaze

    SPARTAK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling and other clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists threw the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine into deepening peril Sunday, two days after it took hold. At least two houses hit by artillery fire blazed in the rural village of...

  • Examiner Q&A with Devin Nunes: 'It might already be too late' for Ukraine

    That Rep. Devin Nunes is critical of President Obama’s strategy for confronting Russia and the Islamic State is hardly surprising. The California Republican is more hawkish than Obama, and more inclined to advocate for the U.S. playing a central leadership role in confronting international...



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