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  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored U.S. and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.

  • Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

  • *White House accused Moscow of fomenting instability. *Russia warns Kiev not to use force against militants.

  • *White House accused Moscow of fomenting instability. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine's government said on Sunday it was sending security forces into the eastern city of Slaviansk where pro-Russian militants have seized control in what Kiev describes as an act of aggression by the Kremlin.

  • For Europe, balancing act on new Russian penalties Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States is working to convince a reluctant Europe of the need to punish Russia more severely for its meddling in Ukraine while at the same time warning Moscow to step back or take more financial hits.

  • Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Justice Department official Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democratic commissioner on the five-member Federal Trade Commission. "We are delighted that the Senate has confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as an FTC Commissioner.

  • Carter, Dole spouses join military families effort Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting a dose of high-profile support for their nationwide effort to help military families. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife at the White House on Friday to help call attention to the millions of people who care for ill or wounded service members and veterans.

  • April 3- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is increasing its oversight of Chinese manufacturers of pharmaceutical ingredients to improve the safety of the U.S. drug supply chain, the director of the agency's China office, Christopher Hickey, said on Thursday.

  • NEW DELHI/ WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. ambassador to India has resigned following a row over the arrest of a junior Indian diplomat in New York that pushed relations between the world's biggest democracies to their lowest ebb in more than a decade.

  • *Faster timeframe reflects crisis in next-door Ukraine. WARSAW/ WASHINGTON, March 20- Poland has decided to speed up its tender for a missile defence system, the Defence Ministry said, in a sign of Warsaw's disquiet over the tension between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia.

  • WARSAW/ WASHINGTON, March 20- Poland has decided to speed up its tender for a missile defence system, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday, in a sign of Warsaw's disquiet over the tension between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, March 19- The United States warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation on Wednesday as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • *Biden warns Russia is on "dark path" to isolation. *Russia says OSCE has exhausted military inspections. The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, with the United States and Europe groping for ways to increase pressure on a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • SEVASTOPOL/ MOSCOW, March 19- Russian troops backed by unarmed volunteers stormed Ukraine's naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Wednesday and raised the Russian flag, as Moscow tightened its control of the Black Sea peninsula.

  • Defying sanctions, Putin signs treaty to annex Crimea Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 6:15 PM ET
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (L), Crimean parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantionov (2nd L) and Alexei Chaly, Sevastopol's new de facto mayor (R), sign a treaty on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula becoming part of Russia, in the Kremlin, Moscow, March 18, 2014.

    Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 18- Defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty in Moscow on Tuesday making Crimea part of Russia again but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine PM offers Russia reassurance on NATO, militias. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • *Ukraine rulers accuse Kremlin agents of fomenting trouble. KIEV/ SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 15- Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West.

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