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  • Ukraine, rebels miss deadline on weapons pullback Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 10:58 AM ET
    A Ukrainian serviceman stands on a tank near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine.

    Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels have failed to start pulling back heavy weaponry as a deadline passed to do so.

  • Ukraine truce fades as sides refuse to withdraw Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    A Ukrainian personnel carrier travelling towards Debaltseve, Ukraine on February 15, 2015

    Government forces and pro-Russian separatists said they would not carry out an agreement to pull back heavy guns in east Ukraine on Tuesday.

  • *Kiev and separatists stall on pulling back big guns. NIKISHINE, Ukraine, Feb 17- Pro-Russian rebels bombarded government troops encircled in east Ukraine on Tuesday and a plan for both sides to pull back their heavy guns stalled, pushing a fragile peace deal closer to collapse. The rebels said they had captured parts of Debaltseve, which sits on a strategic...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil rises to $62, close to 2015 high Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:07 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 17- Oil rose to $62 a barrel on Tuesday, close to its 2015 high, supported by threats to Middle East supplies and expectations lower prices may prompt a slowdown in U.S. output. Egypt on Monday bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, where violence has reined in most oil output, and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government threatened to...

  • Ukraine GDP tanks 15% as fighting drags on Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:25 AM ET
    Local residents inspect their home, which was damaged by last night's shelling in the village of Sartan, near Mariupol January 20, 2015.

    As the supposed cease-fire in Ukraine fails to end the bloodshed, new data showed the extent of the pain being felt within the country's economy.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 17- Pro-Russian separatists cannot "morally" stop fighting for control of a town in east Ukraine where they have encircled government troops despite a peace deal, a senior rebel representative said on Tuesday. Denis Pushilin also told Reuters before a scheduled conference call on implementation of the agreement that the rebels could not...

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 17- Pro-Russian separatists cannot "morally" stop fighting for the town of Debaltseve in east Ukraine because it is "internal territory" and must respond to fire from Ukrainian troops, Denis Pushilin, a rebel representative, said on Tuesday. "We do not have the right. It's even a moral thing.

  • Japan to give $15.5 million for anti-terror efforts Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan said Tuesday it will provide $15.5 million in development aid to support anti-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the contribution, about half of which Japan had already pledged, is intended to bolster counter-terrorism capacity in the regions affected by the group and other militants.

  • NEW YORK— In a nod to a craft in the spotlight after the Paris terrorist attacks, Garry Trudeau will be the first cartoonist ever honored for his entire career's work when the 2014 George Polk Awards in Journalism are given out in April. The discussion will be the subject of a seminar titled "Dangerous Lines: Cartoonists and Other Subversives" at Long Island...

  • *Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 16- Oil prices were little changed on Monday after touching their highest nearly two months, as gains in the dollar following the collapse of Greek debt talks offset growing violence in Libya and concerns over exports from Kurdistan. Egypt bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday and...

  • CAIRO— Egypt signed agreements to purchase 24 advanced fighter jets from France on Monday, hours after Egyptian aircraft bombed Islamic State targets in Libya and implored foreign governments for help fighting extremists in the region. The deal for 24 of Dassault Aviation's multi-role Rafale aircraft as well as a frigate and munitions, underlines how many...

  • *Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya. LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 16- Oil prices rose to their highest in nearly two months on Monday, supported by concerns over escalating conflict with Islamic State militants in Libya and a threat to withhold exports from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Egypt bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday and...

  • *Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya. LONDON, Feb 16- Oil rose to near $62 a barrel on Monday, supported by concerns over escalating conflict with Islamic State militants in Libya and predictions of lower supply in the second half of the year. Egypt bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday and Cairo renewed calls for a U.S.-led coalition to...

  • The latest additions to the EU's list of those Russians and Ukrainians who have had their European assets frozen, include a famous crooner.

  • *Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya. LONDON, Feb 16- Oil rose to near $62 a barrel on Monday, supported by concerns over the escalating conflict with Islamic State militants in Libya and predictions of lower supply levels in the second half of the year. Egypt's air force bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday and Cairo renewed calls for a...

  • *Debaltseve and Donetsk shelled in east Ukraine. VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine, Feb 16- Pro-Russian rebels pounded encircled Ukrainian government forces on Monday and Kiev said it would not pull back heavy guns while a truce was being violated, leaving a European-brokered peace deal on the verge of collapse a day after it took effect. Fighting had subsided in many parts of...

  • Cease-fire: Financial assistance trumps military  Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at Berkeley University, says that meaningful financial assistance for Ukraine would be more effective than military intervention from the West.

  • Heavy shelling in Ukraine as cease-fire rejected Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:17 AM ET

    A government-held town in east Ukraine came under heavy shelling on Monday, as Russian-backed separatists rejected a cease-fire.

  • EU places new sanctions on Ukrainians, Russians Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:43 AM ET
    A Ukrainian personnel carrier travelling towards Debaltseve, Ukraine on February 15, 2015

    The European Union has placed more Ukrainians and Russians under sanctions, accusing them of "undermining" Ukraine's independence.

  • Copenhagen attacks: What happened  Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    Danish police say they have detained two suspects in connection with the shootings in Copenhagen over the weekend. NBC News' Keir Simmons reports on the latest.