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Obama imposes sanctions on Putin’s aides and others over Crimean separation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians on Monday blamed for Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s order freezes any assets in the United States and bans travel into the country of 11 people…

Christian leader Franklin Graham praises Putin as better than Obama on LGBT issues

Evangelist Franklin Graham is the latest conservative to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on LGBT people. Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started by his father, credited Putin in the March issue of his group’s Decision magazine with protecting children from gay “propaganda” by…

Bill O’Reilly rips Obama: Abe Lincoln would never do a ‘Funny or Die’ video

Could the president sitting down to record a comedy website video harm national security? Bill O’Reilly thinks it could. The Fox News host blasted President Barack Obama’s mock interview recorded two weeks ago with comedian Zach Galifianakis to help promote enrollment by young Americans in health insurance plans mandated by…

Crimea asks to join Russia, plans referendum

Pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to examine a request for their region to join the Russian Federation, which will be put to a referendum on March 16. "The parliament of Crimea has adopted a motion for……

Hillary Clinton compares Putin’s aggression against Ukraine to Hitler

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent steps in Ukraine to aggression by Adolf Hitler in 1930s Nazi Germany, a local paper reported. Clinton, speaking at a private event Tuesday in southern California, said Putin’s apparent deployment of Russian troops into neighboring Ukraine…

Palin says ‘I-Told-Ya-So’ on Ukraine prediction: ‘I could see this one from Alaska’

Sarah Palin is claiming that she has been vindicated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” Palin said Friday in a Facebook post. “I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by…

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich denounces coup bid as West weighs sanctions

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders on Wednesday of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. European Union leaders said they were urgently preparing targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown…

Ukrainian opposition party rejects amnesty bill for protesters

Ukraine’s opposition on Wednesday defiantly refused to back an amnesty bill that would free activists and ease the country’s worst crisis since independence, as Germany urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his sway to push for dialogue. The amnesty bill was passed by parliament with the backing of the…

Ten killed in new attack in Russian city of Volgograd

Ten people were killed on Monday in a bombing that destroyed a packed trolleybus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, the second attack in the city in two days after a suicide strike on its main train station, officials said. The force of the blast left almost no trace…

Putin says new post-Soviet economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan ready for 2015 launch

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the final pieces were in place for the 2015 launch of an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan that Moscow hopes can also be joined by Ukraine. Putin promised following talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko that the…

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