Russia

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion; China meets senior Vietnamese envoy to talk about disputed islands; Indonesia and Australia end espionage row; ebola caseload in West Africa expected to reach 20,000; Indian PM launches plan to provide bank accounts to every household; and more

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Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invasion

Iraq's political crisis intensifies; US to increase Navy presence in Australia; Indonesia to wade into South China Sea dispute; Liberia to receive experimental ebola drug; Russia sends aid convoy to Ukraine; and more

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Iraq Nominates Shia Leader to Replace Nouri al-Mal

Russia's central bank promises to help financial institutions affected by sanctions; Chinese Communist Party cracks down on corruption; Uighur people dispute official account of clashes in Xinjiang; airline suspends flights to help stop spread of ebola; and more 

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Russia Reacts to New U.S., EU Sanctions

US and EU to impose strict sanctions on Russia; China's former domestic security chief investigated for corruption; military exercises over East China Sea cause flight delays and cancelations; Hamid Karzai's cousin killed in Kabul suicide bombing; Argentina close to defaulting on loan; and more 

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U.S., EU to Toughen Sanctions on Russia

Sanctions are an easy option when it comes to the West's anger against Russia's actions in Ukraine, but the lessons of our past suggest another course

For the past year I have been on the World War I Commemoration Panel. The members include people as diverse as Sir Peter Jackson, Dame Anne Salmond, and Sir Bob Harvey. One of the most interesting things I have done as a member of the panel is read up on the politics and intrigue that precipitated the war.