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Russian jets cross into Ukraine airspace

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Friday that Russian fighter jets flew into Ukrainian airspace a handful of times over the last 24 hours, in what one called a continued provocation of the heightened tensions […]


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Putin: Russia has right to use force in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kiev today and Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered tens of thousands of his troops to return to their bases. Penny and Phil spoke with NBC’s Asia correspondent […]


A gay rights activist at a demonstration in front of the Russian consulate in New York, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Latvian distiller owner tries to defuse boycott

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Many gay bars in North America have stopped selling the famous Stolichnaya vodka brand to protest Russia’s crackdown on the gay community. But the vodka’s maker has joined forces with Latvia’s […]


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Poor response to tip blamed on Cold War distrust

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former official of the Russian government is telling Congress that lingering, Cold War-era distrust may have made American officials less inclined to act on tips from Russian security services about one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers



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