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    Exclusive: 29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014
    Dec16

    Exclusive: 29 Instagrams That Defined the World in 2014

    As Instagram hit a milestone this month, with its number of monthly active users ballooning to 300 million, TIME, in association with the photo-sharing app, takes a look back at the key moments of 2014. The selection of images, shared by some of Instagram’s most popular and respected photographers, offers an intimate view of some of the...

    Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions
    Dec16

    Dems, GOP press Obama to back Russian sanctions

    Republicans and Democrats spoke with one voice on Monday in pressing President Barack Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine. …read more Source: WAVE 3...

    Congress Urges Obama To Sign Bill That Slaps New Sanctions On Russia, Gives Assistance To Ukraine
    Dec16

    Congress Urges Obama To Sign Bill That Slaps New Sanctions On Russia, Gives Assistance To Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats spoke with one voice on Monday in pressing President Barack Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine. The widely popular legislation cleared Congress late Saturday, but the White House has remained non-committal about...

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy
    Dec16

    Ukraine PM: $10B Needed to Avoid Bankruptcy

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country urgently needs $10 billion to avoid bankruptcy. After meeting with European Union ministers in Brussels Monday, reporters asked Yatsenyuk when he needs the money. He replied “yesterday.” Ukraine’s war with pro-Russian separatists has battered an already bad economy....

    News of the day from across the globe, Dec. 16
    Dec16

    News of the day from across the globe, Dec. 16

    The Vatican on Monday asked the U.S. to find an “adequate humanitarian solution” for prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a reflection of Pope Francis’ vocal concern that prisoners be treated with dignity and not be subject to inhumane treatment. Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian rebels...

    Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to 17 Percent Overnight
    Dec16

    Russia Raises Key Interest Rate to 17 Percent Overnight

    (Reuters) – Russia’s central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent in the early hours of Tuesday morning in an emergency move to halt a collapse in the ruble as oil prices decline and the country’s sanctions-hit economy slides towards recession. The ruble RUB= RUB=EBS strengthened sharply after the decision, recouping...

    UN: Human Rights Abuses Rampant in Embattled Eastern Ukraine
    Dec16

    UN: Human Rights Abuses Rampant in Embattled Eastern Ukraine

    The coming winter is set to make life harder for the more than 5 million people living in eastern Ukraine’s conflict areas, many of whom are already struggling to survive, the office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights wrote in a new report released Monday. “The conflict is in its ninth month, and the situation is...

    The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015
    Dec16

    The Global Conflicts to Watch in 2015

    Foreign policy often involves making difficult and debatable choices about which parts of the world matter more to a given country—and which, by extension, matter less. It’s about defining national interests and determining where those interests are most evident and endangered. This is why the United States has done far more to stop ISIS in...

    Bank Of Russia Hikes Rate To Aid Sinking Currency
    Dec16

    Bank Of Russia Hikes Rate To Aid Sinking Currency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bank of Russia has drastically raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent to try to boost its currency, which has been plunging along with oil prices. The moves comes after the ruble has shed roughly 50 percent of its value since January, battered by Western sanctions imposed over the conflict in Ukraine...

    Letters: National Memorial to Victims of Communism
    Dec16

    Letters: National Memorial to Victims of Communism

    We must commemorate victims of communism Re: Jury member goes public with criticism of victims of communism memorial site, Dec. 15. As a grandson of a Polish officer murdered along with 10,000 other officers in March, 1940, at the Katyn Forest Massacre by the Soviet NKVD Secret Police on orders from Stalin, I am saddened to read that architects...