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G7 leaders agree on new Russia sanctions

US President Barack Obama and top European leaders are moving ahead on a new round of sanctions against Russia, US officials have said.<p>In a joint statement on Saturday, the Group of Seven nations - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US - said that they will "move swiftly to impose …

U.S. says has indications toxic chemical used in Syria in April | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.<p>“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” in …

UN Security Council Calls Meeting to Discuss Escalating Ukraine Crisis

The United Nations Security Council will meet in an emergency session Sunday evening to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, senior U.S. officials told NBC News.<p>The meeting is expected to take place at 8 p.m. ET at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.<p>The Ukrainian crisis escalated on …

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Ukraine gives rebels deadline to disarm or face military operation | Reuters

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.<p>Angered by the death of a state security officer and the …

Russia spends more of its wealth on arms than US in 2013

Russian defence spending rises by 4.8% to $88bn, devoting larger share of GDP on military than US for first time since 2003<p>Russia spent a higher proportion of its wealth on arms than the US last year for the first time in more than a decade, according to figures published on Monday by a leading …

Insight: Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbors | Reuters

MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) - Israel’s drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.<p>Israeli gas platforms, which produce newly discovered Israeli natural gas, are …

Israel says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable' | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel described as “unacceptable” on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at the …

Israel says close to forging new ties across Arab world | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab states that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.<p>Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks to the media before …

Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea

The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.<p>Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," …

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Ukraine crisis: Russia 'orchestrating destabilisation of eastern regions'

Moscow instigating violence, says Foreign Secretary William Hague, as pro-Russians seize police building in another city<p>Britain has accused Russia of a "deliberate destabilisation" of Ukraine as pro-Moscow separatists continued to seize yet another police building in the east of the country, …

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Israel imposes tax sanction on Palestinian Authority

<b>Israel has imposed sanctions against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in retaliation for its signing up to join international treaties, officials say.</b><p>They say taxes collected on behalf of the PA will be frozen, with limited access to bank deposits in Israel.<p>Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat …

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The US Is Reportedly Refusing To Give Ukraine Intelligence About An Impending Russian Invasion

The intelligence, which could help Ukraine better position troops in an effort to defend its eastern cities, has reportedly been gathered by a network of American spies and intelligence officers.<p>There is a fear that by divulging American intelligence to Ukraine, Russia may learn of U.S. sources and …

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Frontrunner in Afghan vote rules out coalition government | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - A frontrunner to succeed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan’s president voiced the possibility of teaming up with a rival on Wednesday but ruled out forming a coalition government in order to avoid a second-round runoff.<p>Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah walks to his car …

U.S. accuses Russia after Putin warning on gas supplies to Europe | Reuters

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday that Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that it is using energy “as a tool of coercion”.<p>In a letter to the leaders of 18 European …

Ukraine warns pro-Russian separatists

Ukrainian authorities have warned they are prepared to use force to clear several government buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.<p>Wednesday's warning came as protesters continued to occupy the headquarters of Ukraine's Security Service in the eastern city of …

Netanyahu orders cutback in contacts with Palestinian Authority | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced on Wednesday a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing U.S.-brokered peace talks.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks …

Russia holds war games near Ukraine; Merkel warns of catastrophe | Reuters

BERLIN/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine on Thursday, showing no sign of backing down on plans to annex its neighbour’s Crimea region despite a stronger than expected drive for sanctions from the EU and United States.<p>In an unusually robust and …