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  • Putin isn't like other leaders: Pro     Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    Tina Fordham, chief political analyst at Citi talks about how we should assess Putin's next moves, saying we should not think about Putin like "other leaders", as he's very much "motivated" by a "geopolitical calculus", rather than economic calculus.

  • Russian president denies he fled summit pressure Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 5:18 AM ET

    BRISBANE, Australia— Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early exit on Sunday from a two-day summit of world leaders where he was roundly criticized over Russia's escalating aggression in Ukraine, but brushed off suggestions that he had felt pressured. He also departed Australia shortly before President Barack Obama and European leaders opened their...

  • Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.— Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. He described a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen American's military edge in...

  • Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif.— Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking and creative ideas about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. He described a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen...

  • US war general, 150 yrs. on: Hero or terrorist? Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 10:10 AM ET
    Atlanta, Georgia.

    This week, Atlanta became the site of a marker for William T. Sherman that reflects more forgiving scholarship about the general's behavior.

  • 'I'm out of here,' Putin tells G-20 gathering Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 8:50 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Russia's Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G-20 early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow for the Ukraine crisis.

  • After girls' jihadi quest, a focus on outreach Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    DENVER— Gathered under the fluorescent lights of an austere Denver mosque, a group of parents stared at a photo projected on a wall in front of them. "You can kill someone with a gun or a knife, but a phone might get me 10 more recruits," said Seamus Hughes of the National Counterterrorism Center, who traveled from Washington, D.C., to speak to parents and Muslim leaders...

  • Is there anything the West can do to stop Putin? Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    Pro-Russian rebel military vehicle with Russian flag on top of it, rolls towards Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 10, 2014.

    There are only three sectors that matter much to the Kremlin, and the West is hard-pressed to find new ways to penalize any of them.

  • ISIS declares its own currency Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 1:36 AM ET

    The Islamic State of Iraq has declared plans to mint its own money. The Financial Times reports.

  • Syria's opposition warns of upcoming food shortage Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    ISTANBUL— Syria's Western-backed opposition on Thursday called on international donors to help stave off a food crisis in the country where drought and civil war have caused a dramatic drop in wheat production this year. The United Nations predicted earlier this year that Syria's wheat harvest could hit a record low of between 1.7 million and 2 million tons,...

  • Cuts in military mean job losses for career staff Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:21 PM ET
    Army Capt. Elder Saintjuste stands in his neighborhood near Fort Bragg in Hope Mills, N.C., Oct. 28, 2014. On the day he reached his 20 years, the Army told Saintjuste that as part of the post-war downsizing of the force, he would have to retire, and that he would have to retire as a sergeant, because he had not been a captain long enough.

    The Army is decreasing the number of officers, who risk facing lowered pensions that can lead to financial instability, reports the New York Times.

  • ‘Double trouble’ for Russia; outlook 'darkens' Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Major countries’ credit ratings are under threat from falling oil prices and weaker global economic growth and Russia may be the most vulnerable.

  • Belarus official: Ukraine war may push us to West Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    Belarus' Economy Minister Nikolai Snopkov made the statement in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of a Friday investment conference in London, saying that if the Ukrainian crisis continues, "it will drag Belarus to cooperate more with the Western countries." Snopkov said in Wednesday's interview that Moscow, which has faced Western sanctions over...

  • Ukraine redeploys troops, fears new rebel offensive Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive.

  • Ukraine economy in 'free fall,' banking group says Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 12:22 PM ET
    People queue up for a tram in a shopping area in Donetsk, Ukraine.

    A leading banking organization said Wednesday that Ukraine's financial situation is "really desperate."

  • Helping veterans land capital, launch start-ups Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 12:37 PM ET
    While many returning veterans turn to career expos for work, other vets are seeking capital and pursuing start-up support.

    The group VetsinTech is helping veterans find their place in the tech ecosystem by helping them raise capital and launch start-ups.

  • Veterans deserve more than just a job Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    It's great to see companies hiring veterans but we also owe them more than just a job, says Matt Schuyler, chief human resources officer at Hilton.

  • *Shelling in eastern Ukraine puts pressure on cease fire. *Kuwait oil minister says OPEC output cut unlikely. Nov 10- U.S. crude fell more than $1 on Monday, edging below $78 a barrel, and Brent crude also dropped with both reversing early gains as U.S. dollar strength outweighed worries about conflict in Libya and Ukraine.

  • *Shelling in eastern Ukraine puts pressure on cease-fire. *Kuwait oil minister says OPEC output cut unlikely. Nov 10- U.S. crude fell more than $1 on Monday, edging below $78 a barrel and Brent crude also dropped with both reversing early gains as U.S. dollar strength outweighed worries about conflict in Libya and Ukraine.

  • Ukraine's currency plunges as ceasefire fears grow Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 10- Ukraine's currency lost nearly 5 percent of its value on Monday after a weekend that saw the heaviest shelling in a month hit the main rebel stronghold in the east and signs that Moscow had dispatched troops and tanks to reinforce separatists. The prospect that a two-month-old ceasefire could collapse and all-out war return to...