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Jun 3, 2014 — His comments in Europe come amid simmering tensions with Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
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Apr 26, 2014 — The world's largest economies are poised to punish Russia over its role in Ukraine's crisis with a new round of sanctions. In eastern Ukraine, a team of European monitors was arrested by separatists.
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Apr 2, 2014 — The ousted Ukrainian president says Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula is "a major tragedy," and he hopes to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to return it.
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Apr 1, 2014 — The secretary general of the alliance says he's seen no evidence of such a move a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly promised a partial withdrawal.
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Mar 28, 2014 — The former prime minister of Norway will take over as head of the alliance in October from current Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
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Dec 27, 2013 — The attack comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to deliberate over a security pact with the U.S. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
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Oct 30, 2013 — The International Security Assistance Force is engaged in an aggressive media campaign to show Afghans that their army and police are capable of providing security, and that the international community will continue to provide support. But the U.S.-NATO-led mission is also trying to reach audiences back home.
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Aug 30, 2013 — President Obama is finding it challeging to win international backing for a strike on Syria. France and Turkey are two countries that favor a military response.
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Jun 18, 2013 — It marks the first time the whole country has been under Afghan control since the coalition invaded to oust the Taliban in 2001.
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May 16, 2013 — A suicide bomber in a car reportedly blew up himself and the vehicle as a NATO convoy passed by. Afghans who were nearby by, as well as some people in the convoy, were killed. Dozens of others were injured. The militant group Hizb-i-Islami has taken responsibility for the attack.
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