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  • zhivago
    July 8, 2014  

    When Boris Pasternak finished his novel “Dr. Zhivago” in 1956, Soviet authorities refused to publish the tale of an individual’s struggle amid the Russian Revolution. A new book, “The Zhivago Affair,” tells the story of how Pasternak’s novel came to be published and smuggled back into the Soviet Union — with help from the CIA. Jeffrey Brown talks to co-author Peter Finn. Continue reading

  • Ukrainian troops stand guard at the headquarters of the Ukrainian army's Anti-Terrorist Operation, ATO, near the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum, near Donetsk, on June 20, 2014. Photo by Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images
    July 1, 2014  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, fighting resumed in Eastern Ukraine a day after President Petro Poroshenko ended a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels. Also, a car bomb killed at least 56 people in Nigeria in the northeastern state where more than 200 girls were abducted in April. Continue reading

  • EU-SUMMIT-UKRAINE-POROSHENKO
    June 27, 2014  

    In a move that angered Moscow, Ukraine’s new leader signed a trade deal to bring his country closer to Europe. Jeffrey Brown talks to Matthew Rojansky of the Wilson Center and Nikolas Gvosdev of the U.S. Naval War College about the challenges of implementing the deal, as well as the dilemma now facing Russian interests in seeking to stave off further western sanctions. Continue reading

  • ukraine1
    June 27, 2014  

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko traveled to Brussels to sign the trade agreement that sparked the crisis in Ukraine late last year. His Kremlin-backed predecessor had balked at further integrating with Europe, and move away from Russia. In Washington, a State Department spokesperson applauded the Ukraine deal, and hinted at further sanctions should Russia retaliate. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    June 26, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians rushed to cross into Russia on the day before a week-old ceasefire expires. In Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia to move quickly on restoring peace in Ukraine. Meanwhile, New York state’s highest court refused to reinstate New York City’s ban on selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. Continue reading

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin was urged by President Obama over the telephone today to stop supporting separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine.
    June 23, 2014   BY Associated Press 

    Obama and Putin spoke by telephone on Monday morning. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama urged Putin to use his personal influence with those separatists to promote peace and stability in Ukraine. He says a diplomatic solution is still possible but Russia will face additional costs if it doesn’t take concrete action. Continue reading

  • A flag of the so-called People's Republik of Donetsk waves as pro-Russian militants take the military oath during the ceremony in the centre of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on June 21, 2014. Photo by Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images
    June 21, 2014   BY Kayla Ruble 

    Less than one day after a temporary cease-fire was put into place to put a stop to all military action in Ukraine, pro-Russian forces attacked army posts in the country near the border with Russia. Continue reading

  • newswrap
    June 18, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the interim government in Libya insisted the U.S. hand over the newly captured suspect in the Benghazi attack, condemned the raid that seized him, and demanded that Khattala be tried in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattala is now headed to the U.S. Also, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko offered up a cease-fire plan to end the violence plaguing the border with Russia. Continue reading

  • newswrapimage
    June 16, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, gunmen killed at least 48 people and burned down two hotels in the coastal town of Mpeketoni, Kenya. Witnesses said the assailants met with little resistance from government forces. Also, Russia cut off natural gas deliveries to Ukraine after demanding nearly $2 billion in past-due bills, as well as upfront payments for future supplies. Continue reading

  • syria1_assad
    June 7, 2014  

    Presidential elections were held in Syria on Tuesday, with President Bashar al-Assad taking nearly 90 percent of the vote. Is the U.S. ‘behind the curve’ in its handling of the conflict? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post, about what Assad’s victory means for U.S. involvement in the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. Continue reading