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  • Indonesia Army Chief Says No Apology to Singapore for Ship Name

    Indonesia’s army chief said he didn’t apologize for the country’s decision to name a navy ship after two marines who bombed a Singapore building in 1965, and comments to a broadcaster in the city-state were misinterpreted.

  • U.S. Sending Ukraine Aid From Sleeping Mats to Helmets

    The U.S. will send Ukraine’s military nonlethal aid including “medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats and water-purification units,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

  • Ukraine Says Russia Exports Terror as Offensive Stalls

    Ukraine accused Russia of fueling terrorism in its eastern regions as a move against separatists in the town of Kramatorsk stalled on the eve of an international conference aimed at defusing the crisis.

  • Ruble Snaps Three-Day Retreat on Bets Ukraine Incursion Unlikely

    The ruble and Russian bonds gained for the first time in four days, while stocks advanced, on speculation Russia won’t extend its incursion in Ukraine.

  • U.S. Urges China to Allow Bigger Market Role in Valuing Yuan

    The U.S. urged China to reduce currency interventions and let markets play a bigger role in setting the value of the yuan, in a report that declined to name any major trading partner a foreign-exchange manipulator.

  • Ukraine Says Russian Forces Among Separatists as Battles Ensue

    Ukraine began an offensive against separatists in its eastern regions, recapturing an airport amid claims Russian special forces were supporting the anti- government groups.

  • Ukraine Conflict Escalation May Yield Stronger NATO Moves

    Ukraine’s offensive against pro- Russian separatists may have escalated the conflict to the point where NATO could be compelled to mount a stronger show of force to deter any Russian moves beyond eastern Ukraine.

  • Ukraine Moves Against Separatists as Medvedev Evokes Specter of Civil War

    Ukraine unleashed an offensive to dislodge militants from cities in the eastern Donetsk region as authorities in the capital Kiev said Russian special forces were identified among the anti-government groups.

  • Obama to Begin Four-Country Asia Trip in Japan on April 23

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo on April 23 to begin a four-country Asian trip, marking his first visit to Japan since 2010. * Obama will stay in Japan from April 23-25 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says in Tokyo today. Obama will meet Prime Minister Barack Obama and Emperor Akihito * Obama will stop in South Korea on April 25-26 where he will discuss ways to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear arms program with South Korean President Park Geun Hye, Park’s office says in a statement today * Obama will also visit Malaysia for the first time as president on April 26-28 * The U.S. president will then spend April 28-29 in the Philippines where he will meet President Benigno Aquino: Charles Jose, Philippine foreign affairs dept spokesman says by phone

  • Putin's 21-Year Quest to Be Russian Guardian Began in Estonia

    Two decades before seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin showed his willingness to challenge the post-Cold War order in defense of Russians in Estonia, a country now bracing for the possibility he may go even further.

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