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Putin completes Crimea's annexation, Russia investors take fright

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Friday as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials.<p>Putin promised to protect a bank partly owned by an old ally, …

Analysis - U.S. fears grow about Iraq, but response remains limited | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is considering expanding its support to Iraqi forces as they fight off a renewed al Qaeda threat, but Washington’s ability to significantly increase security assistance to Baghdad will remain limited.<p>Iraqi soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Ein …

South Sudan president declares state of emergency ahead of talks

JUBA/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in two states on Wednesday as his negotiators prepared for peace talks with rebels to end more than two weeks of violence that has pushed the country towards civil war.<p>A South Sudan army soldier stands …

Kerry to push for solutions as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks intensify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to narrow differences between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks this week that are intended to guide the sides toward a deal in April, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) …