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  • Putin: Russia doesn't want war or confrontation Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:16 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech near Yalta, Crimea, Aug. 14, 2014.

    In annexed Crimea, Putin says Russia would do its utmost to stop the bloodshed in Ukraine, where forces are fighting a pro-Russian rebellion in the east.

  • Putin's ploy a 'PR strategy': Expert   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:32 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Nina Khrushcheva, The New School associate professor, discusses Russia's offer of humanitarian aid for Ukraine and whether it's an incursion plan by President Putin. I don't think Putin wants to invade, says Khrushcheva.

  • Putin convoy heads towards border   Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 6:22 AM ET
    Putin convoy heads towards border

    Ukraine has called Russia's dispatch of an aid convoy a "cynical act designed to fan a pro-Russian rebellion. David Adesnik, American Enterprise Institute, talks about Putin's likely next move.

  • Red Cross to hold aid convoy talks in Kiev, Moscow Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:17 AM ET

    A senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will travel to Kiev and Moscow for talks.

  • Mideast bank terrorism trial worries financial world Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    A bank account at an Arab Bank's branch in Beirut, unremarkable except for the name: Osama Hamdan, a spokesman for Hamas, the NYT reports.

  • Palestinians say Gaza truce extended five days Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Wednesday to extend a Gaza truce by five days minutes before an earlier ceasefire was set to expire.

  • Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 12:49 PM ET
    President Barack Obama delivers a statement about the ongoing U.S. military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq on the south lawn of the White House on August 9, 2014.

    Obama will make a decision within days about whether to send the U.S. military to rescue Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain.

  • Ukraine slams Russian 'cynicism', death toll rises Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 AM ET
    An Ukrainian soldier stands guard on the Ukraine-Russia border

    Ukrainian Prime Minister calls Russian aid convoy act of "cynicism" and the country's interior minister said it would not be allowed in.

  • Solutions for Iraq   Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:17 AM ET
    Solutions for Iraq

    Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (retired), shares his thoughts on the growing political unrest in Iraq and the likelihood of the U.S. "sending boots on the ground" to quell the unrest.

  • America to the rescue in Iraq?   Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:16 AM ET
    America to the rescue in Iraq?

    NBC's Duncan Golestani, reports Kurdish forces and ISIS militants continue to fight in northern Iraq and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is sending new assessment team members there to see where the U.S. can help Iraqis.

  • Tensions rise in Iraq   Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:15 AM ET
    Members of Peshmerga forces in action during the clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants on August 10, 2014 in Mosul, Iraq. Peshmerga forces have entered Iraq’s northern town of Makhmur, repelling Islamic State militants.

    Erika Solomon, The Financial Times reporter, has the latest details on political turmoil in Baghdad as signs surface that Nouri al-Maliki will step down and Haider al-Ibadi will take over as prime minister.

  • Violence erupts in Baghdad   Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:12 AM ET
    Violence erupts in Baghdad

    NBC's Duncan Golestani reports on the growing unrest in Iraq as refugees flee ISIS and political instability deepens.

  • Why are oil markets immune to global tensions?   Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 6:19 PM ET
    Why are oil markets immune to global tensions?

    Jerry Webman, Chief Economist & Senior Investment Officer at OppenheimerFunds, says a surge in North American oil supplies offsets geopolitical risks in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • Russia says to hand over convoy to Red Cross in Ukraine Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Russian said a humanitarian convoy which is heading to eastern Ukraine from Russia would cross the border only under the aegis of the Red Cross.

  • Real risk of coup in Iraq: Expert   Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 8:02 AM ET
    Real risk of coup in Iraq: Expert

    David Phillips, Columbia University, shares his thoughts on Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki's refusal to step down as prime minister, and weighs in on what the Obama administration needs to do to turn the tide against terrorism in Iraq.

  • Putin to go to Crimea to address parliament Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:48 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a government meeting on the Russian economy on July 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.

    Russia's President Putin will address members of the Crimean government and parliament while in the breakaway region on Thursday.

  • Iraq’s next prime minister: What you need to know Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    Haider al-Ibadi has plenty on his plate. Designated the next prime minister of Iraq, he first has to make sure incumbent Nouri al-Maliki quits.

  • What's Iraqi end game?   Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 7:16 AM ET
    What's Iraqi end game?

    Lawrence Korb, American Progress senior fellow, and Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute, share their thoughts on American foreign policy in Iraq and the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • Don't write off geopolitical risks yet: Pro   Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 11:13 PM ET
    Don't write off geopolitical risks yet: Pro

    Tony Nash, Vice President at Delta Economics, expects geopolitical events to weigh on upcoming data, with Chinese exports possibly seeing a 3 to 5 fall in the remaining quarters of 2014.

  • When is a safe-haven asset not a safe-haven play? Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    Safe-haven assets such as U.S. Treasurys and bunds may be rising amid increased geopolitical risks, but some believe it isn't a flight-to-safety bid.