Lexi Svymbersky

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Obama confers with key European allies over Russian action in Crimea

President Barack Obama on Saturday spoke to world leaders including David Cameron of Great Britain and François Hollande of France about the continuing crisis in Ukraine.<p>Also on Saturday, secretary of state John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart that any steps to annex the Crimea region would …

As hostilities flare in Crimea, U.S. steps up pressure on Russia - CNN.com

Ukrainian tanks are transported from their base in Perevalne, Crimea, on Wednesday, March 26. After Russian troops seized most of Ukraine's bases in Crimea, interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered the withdrawal of armed forces from the peninsula, citing Russian threats to the lives …

South Sudan: the death of a dream

The night before South Sudan, the world's youngest country, was born, sculptor David Morbe worked until 11pm chiselling the finishing touches to his statue of the late father of the nation, John Garang. At the stroke of midnight he was among a cheering, dancing, singing throng as cars tooted horns, …

November 17 terrorist vows return to violence after absconding from prison

Christodoulos Xiros releases video manifesto pledging to wage war against 'those who stole our lives and sold our dreams'<p>Two weeks after going underground, a convicted member of November 17, once Greece's deadliest terror group, has vowed to return to armed action, reigniting fears of a resurgence …

Ban Ki-moon withdraws Iran's invite to Syria talks | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday withdrew an offer for Iran to attend Syria peace negotiations after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks.<p>United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon gives …

'I’ve got a pen': Obama raises hackles with executive actions

With his newly announced overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance activities, President Obama has once again hit a nerve with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.<p>The president, as he often does when facing a nettlesome problem, used his executive powers to implement changes. In …

Syrian Government 'Systematically' Killed 11,000 Detainees, According To New Report

A report written by three former prosecutors at the criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone was released today to The Guardian and CNN.<p>The prosecutors examined thousands of Syrian government photographs and files recording the deaths, which was given to them by a defector …