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Senate panel advances tough sanctions on Russia

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced what could become some of the most significant U.S. sanctions on Russia since the end of the Cold War in a bid to pressure President Vladimir Putin to pull Russian troops out of Crimea. By a 14-3 vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill authorizing $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine's new government and allowing the...

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