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  • US admiral urges China on South China Sea disputes Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 AM ET

    HONOLULU— China should act like a regional leader and help resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea without coercion instead of raising tensions, the head of American forces in Asia and the Pacific said Thursday.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 29- Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a' humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 28- Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a' humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.

  • Chinese pilots told to fly closer to US spy planes Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 8:42 PM ET
    A pair of US Navy Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft prepare for a catapult launch from the flight deck of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington off the coast of Hong Kong.

    One Chinese naval officer has advice for fighter pilots intercepting U.S. surveillance planes last week - fly even closer.

  • Obama, Merkel will consider more Russian sanctions Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House Aug. 28, 2014.

    President Barack Obama said there will not be military action in Ukraine, and that there is no current plan to deal with ISIS.

  • Street bets on limited Ukraine fallout...for now Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Aug. 26, 2014.

    Wall Street advanced to all-time highs while the Russia-Ukraine crisis rose toward a boil, but it wouldn't mind seeing a de-escalation soon.

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. Earlier Poroshenko said he had cancelled a visit to Turkey because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".

  • *NATO source says more than 1,000 troops in Ukraine. Earlier he said he had canceled a visit to Turkey because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".

  • Russia has 'well over 1,000 troops' in Ukraine Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 PM ET
    A Russian military truck transports a self-propelled howitzer along a road near the town of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, in the Rostov region of Russia.

    Russia has “well over 1,000 troops” operating inside Ukraine, Nato warned. The Financial Times reports.

  • US campaign against ISIS may cost $15B a year Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 1:02 PM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    Obama is preparing to request authorization from Congress for escalated military action against ISIS, The Fiscal Times reports.

  • Stocks fall as Ukraine warns of 'full-scale war' Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    Russian armored carrier leads a column of military trucks as they leave the Ukrainian border around Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russia.

    Ukraine said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered the country and its Ambassador warned of the threat of a "full-scale war".

  • Russia wants war: Ukraine ambassador     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 11:20 AM ET

    Ukrainian Ambassador Dmytro Kuleba says Ukraine is working on a "responsible" reaction to Russia's "first blunt invasion".

  • Russia's 'stealth invasion'     Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:17 AM ET
    Russian armored carrier leads a column of military trucks as they leave the Ukrainian border around Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russia.

    Russia has reportedly opened up a third front in Ukraine, in what Western military officials are calling a "stealth invasion." NBC News' Albina Kovalyova provides insight, as well as an update on three McDonald's temporarily shut down.

  • New Russian offensive opens 3rd front: Ukraine Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Smoke rises during shelling in the town of Novoazovsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

    The Russian attack in an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine is causing panic and retreat in a wide swath of territory. The NYT reports.

  • US sanctions leadership of terrorist group Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department on Wednesday sanctioned a leader and a financial network used by a Pakistan- based terrorist group blamed for the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed 166 people. Treasury sanctioned Muhammad Iqbal and Asma Money Exchangers for their suspected ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

  • BEIRUT, Aug 27- Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.

  • Russian soldiers' capture clouds Putin-Poroshenko talks Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 2:08 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Aug. 26, 2014.

    Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels.

  • Putin is ready for a big fight: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:45 PM ET

    Colin Chapman, President of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, outlines the motives behind Russia's military buildup in eastern Ukraine.

  • Ex-ambassador: Ukraine crisis will persist     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    John Herbst, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, says Russia is likely to continue creating instability in Ukraine amid Europe's reluctance to take on a strong stance.

  • Poroshenko must not give up on Crimea: Pro     Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    Kurt Volker, Executive Director at McCain Institute, explains why it's important for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to insist on taking Crimea back during talks with Russia.