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  • Russian sanctions eyed as Crimea referendum approaches Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 11:15 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers stand inside a Ukrainian military base as unidentified heavily armed soldiers stand outside, March 3, 2014, in Perevalne, Ukraine.

    Moscow shipped more troops and armor into Crimea on Friday, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.

  • Moscow shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine in response to violence in Donetsk on Thursday night, showing no sign of bowing to Western demands to pull back.

  • SEVASTOPOL/DONETSK, Ukraine, March 14- Russia shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.

  • TRIPOLI, March 11- Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after rebels humiliated the government by loading crude on a tanker that fled from naval forces, officials said, in a sign of the worsening chaos in the OPEC member state.

  • TRIPOLI/ ES SIDER, Libya, March 11- Libya's navy opened fire on Tuesday on a tanker carrying oil from a rebel-held eastern port and Italian vessels are helping to secure the now-stationary vessel, a Libyan military spokesman said.

  • *Western powers worry Libya will slide into chaos. TRIPOLI/ ES SIDER, Libya, March 11- Libya's parliament voted Prime Minister Ali Zeidan out of office on Tuesday after a tanker loaded with oil from a rebel-held port escaped the navy, officials said.

  • ES SIDER, Libya, March 11- A North Korean-flagged tanker that loaded crude oil at a rebel-held port in eastern Libya is now in international waters, rebels at the harbour and a state oil company official said on Tuesday.

  • *Search area expanded in South China Sea and west of Malaysia. KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON, March 11- The so-far fruitless search for a missing Malaysian airliner entered its fourth day on Tuesday, as sources in Europe, the United States and Asia voiced growing scepticism that the flight lost with 239 people on board was the target of an attack.

  • SEVASTOPOL/ KIEV, March 10- A pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday and NATO announced reconnaissance flights along its eastern frontiers as confrontation around the Black Sea peninsula showed no sign of easing.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- Libya on Monday stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil from a rebel-held port, after naval forces briefly exchanged fire with the rebels, officials said.

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ WASHINGTON March 11- Investigators in Malaysia are voicing skepticism that the airliner that disappeared early Saturday with 239 people on board was the target of an attack, U.S. and European government sources close to the probe said.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts worth nearly $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships from Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia's Austal Ltd, the U.S. Defense Department said on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts worth nearly $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships- two from Lockheed Martin Corp and two from Australia's Austal, the U.S. Defense Department said on Monday.

  • Russia vs Ukraine: 'No contest' if fighting starts Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 3:45 PM ET
    Russian armored personnel carriers reported to be heading to Simferopol of Crimea, Ukraine.

    When it comes to the conflict over Crimea, Ukraine has few if any military options.

  • Russia vs Ukraine: No contest     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 1:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports that despite intense diplomatic discussions, Russia continues to infiltrate Crimea. Peter Felstead, Jane's Defence, breaks down the size differential and defense budgets of the Russian and Ukrainian militaries.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- Libyan navy and allied militia forces have surrounded a North Korea- flagged tanker just outside an eastern port held by rebels, a navy spokesman said on Monday. The Morning Glory has loaded crude oil worth $30 million at the Es Sider port, bypassing Tripoli authorities, despite a government threat to bomb it should it sail away.

  • TRIPOLI, March 10- Libya's parliament has ordered a special force be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenues.

  • SERRANIA DE PERIJA, Colombia, March 10- After enduring eight hours of machine-gunfire and bombs between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, Maura Leonor Vega and her husband fled their home of four decades in Colombia's Andes for the shelter of the nearest town.

  • LONDON, March 10- Owners and operators of high-voltage transmission lines and substations must identify critical facilities and implement a security plan to protect them from physical attack, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered on Friday.