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Anti-Interventionist Ron Paul Backs Russia's Intervention in Crimea

Anti-Interventionist Ron Paul Backs Russia's Intervention in Crimea
Anti-interventionist libertarian Ron Paul is completely cool with Russia invading Ukraine and Putin stealing Crimea because of, you know, "some laws."
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Pro-Russian Ukrainians Slapped with Visa Restrictions, Financial Sanctions to Come

Pro-Russian Ukrainians Slapped with Visa Restrictions, Financial Sanctions to Come
The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
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Ahead of World Cup, Brazil Relocates More Than 15,000 Families

Ahead of World Cup, Brazil Relocates More Than 15,000 Families
Amnesty International Brazil says 19,200 families in and round Rio have been pushed out of their homes since 2009. An advocacy group for affected slum residents called the Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics estimates that 100,000 have or will be moved.
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Pres Obama: 'The World Is Largely United' that Russia Violated International Law

Pres Obama: 'The World Is Largely United' that Russia Violated International Law
While addressing reporters, President Barack Obama details his thoughts on the trouble in Ukraine, the legality of the Russian presence, as well as the United States' options to help bring peace to the conflicted region.
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NATO Condemns Russian Military Escalation in Ukraine

NATO Condemns Russian Military Escalation in Ukraine
NATO releases a statement and video (on the flip) denouncing Russia's military action in the Ukraine. The Secretary General recalls previous treaties, as well as international law, in the organization's efforts to bring a peaceful resolution to the area's tensions.
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For the Love of Lupita: Kenya's First Major Oscars Win Celebrated at Home

For the Love of Lupita: Kenya's First Major Oscars Win Celebrated at Home
"You are the pride of Africa," Kenya's president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya's first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong'o. Nyong'o, 31, was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents but was mostly raised in Kenya. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Nyong'o had starred in several productions in Kenya before landing her breakout role alongside Brad Pitt.
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Jason Straziuso and Tom Odula
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Syrian Media Says 175 al-Qaeda Linked Rebels Killed by Army in Damascus Ambush

Syrian Media Says 175 al-Qaeda Linked Rebels Killed by Army in Damascus Ambush
Syrian army troops killed 175 rebels in an ambush Wednesday south of Damascus, state media reported, a major attack targeting mostly al-Qaeda-linked fighters as part of a government effort to secure the capital.
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Made in Cambodia: A Multi-Fiber Thread of Tears

Made in Cambodia: A Multi-Fiber Thread of Tears
As 2013 drew to a close, Cambodian garment factory workers began striking in Phnom Penh for a livable wage. Recently, the Ministry of Labor had approved a $95-a-month wage, and while this was more than the $80 a month workers had been living on, they held out for $160, which was the bottom end of a “living wage” for Cambodia, according to labor research.
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Obama to Uganda: Don't Criminalize Homosexuality

Obama to Uganda: Don't Criminalize Homosexuality
President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship."
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Civilian Drone Deaths Triple in Afghanistan, UN Agency Finds

Civilian Drone Deaths Triple in Afghanistan, UN Agency Finds
The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), found that drone strikes accounted for at least a third of all civilian deaths in air strikes last year. Unama notes that it is sometimes difficult to establish which type of aircraft carried out a strike, so the true total could be higher.
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