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  • A Somali government soldier holds his position against suspected militants during an attack at the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound in Mogadishu on Aug. 31, 2014.

    The U.S. attacked al-Shabab not only for its current capabilities, but to safeguard against its future potential, experts said.

  • Don't brush off geopolitics just yet: ANZ

    To overlook geopolitical events would be short-sightedness as ongoing tensions could still result in supply disruptions, says Daniel Hynes, Senior Commodity Strategist at ANZ.

  • Troops displaying no identifying insignia but were mingling with local pro-Russian militants stand guard outside a government building on March 2, 2014, in Simferopol, Ukraine.

    NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force that could be sent to a hot spot.

  • Tracking the impact of rising geopolitics

    In conjunction with "The World's Biggest Risks" special report, CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar examines the impact of rising geopolitical tensions around the world.

  • Ukraine and Russia exchanged captured soldiers, Russian news agencies said.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley

    Clashes along India's border with Pakistan are "extremely serious and provocative," Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday.

  • The EU threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but the timing of any measures is uncertain.

  • The situation in Ukraine looks ever further from the peaceful, or at least contained, solution Western leaders were hoping for.

  • Yezidis living in Washington stage a protest outside the White House in Washington, United States, August 7, 2014, against the ISIS attacks on Yezidis in Iraq.

    President Obama put the brakes on the prospects of U.S. airstrikes against Islamic militants in Syria, saying “we don't have a strategy yet.”

  • A pair of US Navy Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft prepare for a catapult launch from the flight deck of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington off the coast of Hong Kong.

    One Chinese naval officer has advice for fighter pilots intercepting U.S. surveillance planes last week - fly even closer.

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the White House Aug. 28, 2014.

    President Barack Obama said there will not be military action in Ukraine, and that there is no current plan to deal with ISIS.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk on Aug. 26, 2014.

    Wall Street advanced to all-time highs while the Russia-Ukraine crisis rose toward a boil, but it wouldn't mind seeing a de-escalation soon.

  • Russian armored carrier leads a column of military trucks as they leave the Ukrainian border around Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russia.

    Ukraine said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered the country and its Ambassador warned of the threat of a "full-scale war".

  • Russia wants war: Ukraine ambassador

    Ukrainian Ambassador Dmytro Kuleba says Ukraine is working on a "responsible" reaction to Russia's "first blunt invasion".

  • Russian armored carrier leads a column of military trucks as they leave the Ukrainian border around Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Russia.

    Russia has reportedly opened up a third front in Ukraine, in what Western military officials are calling a "stealth invasion." NBC News' Albina Kovalyova provides insight, as well as an update on three McDonald's temporarily shut down.

  • 'Putin is ready for a big fight': Expert

    Colin Chapman, President of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, outlines the motives behind Russia's military buildup in eastern Ukraine.

  • Ex-ambassador: Ukraine crisis will persist

    John Herbst, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, says Russia is likely to continue creating instability in Ukraine amid Europe's reluctance to take on a strong stance.

  • Why Poroshenko's Crimea agenda matters

    Kurt Volker, Executive Director at McCain Institute, explains why it's important for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to insist on taking Crimea back during talks with Russia.

  • Can Gaza's latest peace deal last?

    Firas Maksad, Managing Director at Global Policy Advisors, says war fatigue could prevent an outbreak of new fighting, but warns that regional dynamics may complicate the situation.

  • ISIS ISIL Iraq Syria islamic militants

    Wealthy investors have grown more pessimistic about the economy this summer, with many citing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine as potential hazards, a survey finds.