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Obama offers military help to eastern Europe allies worried by Russia

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WARSAW - U.S. President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin's intervention in Ukraine. | Video

U.S. vacates base in Central Asia as Russia's clout rises

MANAS TRANSIT CENTER Kyrgyzstan - The United States on Tuesday handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia's close ally Kyrgyzstan, as President Barack Obama winds down U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Moscow makes a comeback in its old imperial backyard.

Politics, World, Russia, Afghanistan, 03 Jun 2014

Ukraine's empty seat at table darkens party for Putin's new ex-Soviet bloc

ASTANA - Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Kazakhstan and Belarus on Thursday into a new Eurasian Economic Union built to rival the United States, EU and China - but the absence of Ukraine undermined his dream of restoring Soviet glory days.

World, Russia, China 29 May 2014

Putin builds new union on ashes of Soviet empire

MOSCOW - It won't exactly mean going back to the USSR, but Vladimir Putin is laying the foundations of a huge trading bloc which opponents see as an attempt to recreate at least part of the lost Soviet empire.

World, 28 May 2014

In China's Xinjiang, economic divide seen fuelling ethnic unrest

URUMQI, China - Hundreds of migrant workers from distant corners of China pour daily into the Urumqi South railway station, their first waypoint on a journey carrying them to lucrative work in other parts of the far western Xinjiang region.

China, World, 06 May 2014

Kyrgyzstan appoints reformist PM, averting crisis

BISHKEK - Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to appoint reformer Joomart Otorbayev as prime minister and avert a political crisis in the volatile Central Asian nation where two leaders have been overthrown in the past decade.

03 Apr 2014

U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based crisis response force to 675 Marines by sending 175 new troops to a Romanian base near the Black Sea at a time of tensions over Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

World, Euro Zone 02 Apr 2014

Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of U.N. vote on Ukraine: envoys

UNITED NATIONS - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.

World, Russia, United Nations, 29 Mar 2014

Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Ukraine - envoys

UNITED NATIONS - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.

World, Russia, United Nations, 28 Mar 2014

U.S. to stress support for Central Asia after Crimea

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. official will travel to two countries in Central Asia next week to emphasize U.S. support for the independence of post-Soviet states after Russia's annexation of Crimea.

World, Russia, 28 Mar 2014
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Israel pummels Gaza; Kerry steps up diplomatic push

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, sending thousands of residents fleeing, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Tel Aviv to push ceasefire talks. | Video