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  • Russia threatens to ban Ukraine food imports Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET
    Combine harvesters drive across a wheat field during a summer harvest in Poltava region, Ukraine, on Friday, July 18, 2014.

    Russia may suspend all food imports from Ukraine because of Kiev's trade deal with the European Union, state news agency RIA Novosti reports.

  • Two Sukhoi-25 fighter jets shot down over Ukraine     Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda reports the latest details on two Ukrainian fighter jets that were shot down in the general area where Flight MH17 came down.

  • Poland: Tougher Russia sanctions set for Thursday Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:57 AM ET
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) listens to Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on March 4, 2014. Lavrov said today that threats of sanctions against Moscow are counter-productive and will not change its position on the Ukraine crisis.

    The EU could push through "phase three" sanctions against Russia as early as Thursday this week, the foreign minister of Poland told CNBC.

  • Secretary John Kerry is in Israel to push ceasefire talks despite a FAA travel ban, reports NBC's Martin Fletcher.

  • Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry on diplomatic push Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists.

  • Oil stays above $102 amid Gaza peace efforts Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:35 AM ET

    The price of oil inched further above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude falls to $102; inventories in focus Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, July 23- U.S. crude dropped to around $102 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday, falling for a second consecutive session with oil supplies unaffected by continuing violence in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza. The report from U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration is due at 1430 GMT.

  • Israel pounds Gaza despite global peace efforts Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:54 PM ET
    An 'Iron Dome' short-range missile defense system is positioned near the northern city of Haifa in Israel.

    Israel pounded Gaza, saying no ceasefire was near as U.S. and UN diplomats pursued talks on halting the fighting that has claimed over 600 lives.

  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • FAA shuts air route from US to Israel for 24 hours Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 5:12 PM ET
    Passengers at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel.

    The FAA barred U.S. flights to Israel for 24 hours after a rocket landed near Ben Gurion airport. Some European carriers canceled flights as well.

  • *Fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. BENGHAZI, Libya, July 22- A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan army base in Benghazi killed at least four solders in an escalation of clashes between Islamist militants and regular forces battling to oust them from the eastern city. Suicide bombings are rare in Libya, where a fragile government is struggling to impose order.

  • War, secrets & social media     Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    Retired Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich created IDF's social media unit, and explains what the social pages enable IDF to do during the crisis in Israel and Gaza.

  • EU fails to back up tough talk on Russia, for now Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:13 PM ET
    Ukrainian rescue servicemen look through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Grabovo, Ukraine.

    The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but failed to back tough talk with any immediate action.

  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.

  • Will I fly over a war zone? Why you can't know Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Airlines will likely still fly over hot spots as they try to balance flight times, fuel burn and other variables, NBC reports.

  • Israel's objectives & dilemma     Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    Ambassador James Jeffrey, former Deputy National Security Advisor, provides insight into the conflict in the Middle East and relationship between the U.S. and Israeli government.

  • *Kiev says 41,000 Russian troops grouped nearby border with Ukraine. KIEV, July 22- Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia.

  • *Fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. The El-Feel oilfield last week was forced to cut back due to events in Tripoli, where two rival brigades of militias have fought over control of the airport.

  • France to deliver warship to Russia, defying allies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 5:39 AM ET
    An Israeli navy vessel enters the southern port of Ashdod.

    French officials defended President Hollande's decision to go ahead with delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia.

  • Geopolitical tensions seen keeping oil prices high Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 2:41 AM ET

    The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza, the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine and expectations of a fall in U.S. crude inventories.