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  • Ukrainian troops on high combat alert     Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 9:04 AM ET

    NBC News Correspondent Jim Maceda reports Russian forces have occupied Crimea's airports, ferry ports and telecom towers.

  • Daragh McDowell, senior analyst at Maplecroft, says Russia is trying to provoke a "Georgian-style scenario" by forcing Ukraine to fire the first shot and says a Western-led military action against Russia is unlikely.

  • 'Yes, it's a war': Ukraine deputy secretary     Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 1:07 AM ET

    Russia's intrusion in Ukraine is a declaration of war says Victoria Sumar, Deputy Secretary of the Council of National Security and Defence of Ukraine, adding that Ukraine has "no reason to use armed forces right now."

  • Chart of the Day: US military dollars vs the world Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 1:04 PM ET
    A U.S. Navy technician walks past a row of F/A-18 Super Hornet combat jets, aboard the USS George Washington aircraft carrier near Eastern Samar, the Philippines, Nov. 20, 2013.

    The U.S. spent more than $600 billion on its military forces in 2012, the latest figures available. Here's a look at where the money went.

  • Pentagon to shrink Army to pre-World War II level Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 10:32 AM ET
    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    The U.S. government plans to shrink the Army in a new spending proposal. It would be the smallest force since before the Second World War.

  • Libyan militias tell parliament: Step down or else Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 2:35 PM ET
    Libyan protesters demonstrate against the extended mandate of the General National Congress, the country's highest political authority, in Benghazi, on February 14, 2014.

    Two powerful Libyan militias warned members of parliament to step down Tuesday or face arrest.

  • China-Japan conflict is 'up to Japan': ICBC     Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    "It's up to Japan" whether there would be an armed conflict between Tokyo and Beijing, says Jiang Jianqing, chairman at the ICBC.

  • A suicide car bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a top security compound in central Cairo on Friday, killing at least four people.

  • United Technologies profit tops Street estimates Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 7:20 AM ET
    United Technologies

    United Technologies reported a rise in profit that topped Wall Street estimates, helped by a stronger performance across its businesses.

  • Egyptians overwhelmingly back constitution Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 | 3:44 AM ET
    Nabil Salib (center), head of Egypt’s Supreme Electoral Commission announces that majority of voters approved the an amended version of Egypt's 2012 constitution in a two-day vote.

    More than 98 percent of voters backed a new Egyptian constitution in a referendum this week, authorities said on Saturday, though the turnout was lower than some officials had indicated, with under 40 percent of the electorate taking part.

  • Former Defense Secretary Gates new tell-all     Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation Foreign Policy Studies, and Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, discuss Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book, which slams the leadership of President Obama.

  • Securing Sochi: Protecting the Olympics     Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 1:44 PM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda reports the suicide bomber in Volgograd, Russia has been identified, and on the security measures being taken to protect athletes and attendees at the winter games.

  • Securing Sochi for the Olympics     Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | 1:02 PM ET

    Gen. Barry McCaffrey, McCaffrey Associates, discusses the turmoil in Russia and how Sochi can be secured for the Winter Olympics.

  • Charlotte Ingham, senior political risk analyst at Maplecroft, warns that conflict and political instability will continue to increase in 2014, especially in Middle Eastern and North African states.

  • Moscovici: France must invest in Africa Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 7:40 AM ET

    France must increase its investment in Africa, the country's finance minister, Pierre Moscovici, told CNBC ahead of a summit in Paris.

  • Iran’s economy set for post-nuclear deal boost Monday, 25 Nov 2013 | 5:44 AM ET
    Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.

    Iran’s economic troubles may have been what finally brought it back to talks which ended in a breakthrough nuclear deal with six other world powers.

  • United Technologies earnings barely beat Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 | 7:41 AM ET
    Visitors look at a PurePower PW1500 aircraft engine manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

    United Technologies also raised the low end of its 2013 profit forecast, citing cost savings from restructuring and improving sales trends.

  • Experts dispute Serbia’s ‘bankruptcy’ scare Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

    After Serbia's deputy prime minister told local TV his country faced bankruptcy, analysts were quick to point out that Serbia actually has sufficient funding to last through 2013.

  • Will Russia approve use of force in Syria?     Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    Ayham Kamel, Middle East analyst at Eurasia Group, discusses the U.S./Russia talks over Syria and how Western countries need to appear strong.

  • What to expect from US/Syria talks     Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 5:10 AM ET

    Elizabeth Ferris, senior fellow in foreign policy at The Brookings Institution, discusses the U.S./Syria talks to remove chemical weapons from Syria, and humanitarian support needed in neighboring countries.