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Russia rules out intention to invade Ukraine

Russia's foreign minister says Moscow has "absolutely no intention" of ordering its armed forces to cross over the Ukrainian border, in a statement that appears to rule out an invasion of mainland Ukraine following Russia's seizure of Crimea.<p>"We have absolutely no intention and no interests in …

BREMMER: US Sanctions Against Russia Won't Work

"To be very straightforward about it," Bremmer told NPR, "There's no amount of economic damage the U.S. and Europe is going to do to Russia that comes remotely close to their perception of how important Ukraine is to them, and that's the problem."<p>Following many warnings, the U.S. slapped sanctions …

Missing Jet Search Expands, Employs Some Low-Tech Techniques

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Ukraine crisis: the inevitable fall of Belbek

Russia soldiers finally stage assault on Crimea's Belbeck army base, arresting the brigade's commanding officer<p>The men of the 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade had been waiting for the storm for weeks.<p>Ever since Russian forces took over the runway, aircraft hangers and magazines on the ridge above …

Russian Navy Takes Over Ukrainian Sub In Crimea

The Russian Navy said Saturday that it took over Ukraine’s only submarine, based in Sevastopol, Crimea.<p>It is now part of Russia’s historic Black Sea Fleet and brings the number of Russian subs stationed in the Crimean peninsula to four.<p>But this ship is barely sea-worthy, so it’s far from a steal …

One Photo Shows The Incredibly Close Ties Between Russia And Crimea

Vadim Ghirda/AP<p>This one photo shows how remarkably intertwined Russia and Crimea actually is.<p>In the center is a Ukrainian soldier, standing between the coffins of fallen soldier Sergey Kokurin, 35, right, and Russian Cossack militiaman Ruslan Kazakov, 34, left, during a joint funeral in …

US sailors hand over control of captured oil tanker to Libyan forces

Libyan militia attempt to sell its shipload of crude stopped by US navy seals as clashes broke out between Libyan rebels and troops in oil ports<p>American sailors handed over control of a captured North Korean-flagged oil tanker to Libyan forces while in international waters Saturday, a spokesman for …

Iraq identifies more bodies from mass grave near Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say they have found the remains of another 158 people in a mass grave outside the city of Tikrit, where the Islamic State group is believed to have massacred hundreds of captured soldiers when it rampaged across the country in the summer of 2014.<p>Iraq's forensic …