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Ukraine crisis: Obama attacks Putin over Russia's role

US president accuses his Russian counterpart of failing to respect people’s basic freedoms in both Ukraine and Syria
Guardian: February 20, 2014

US government warns airlines of new shoe-bomb threat

The US government has advised airlines to beware of any attempts to smuggle explosives onboard in footwear.
BBC: February 20, 2014

Biden: US 'gravely' concerned by Ukraine violence

As the death toll mounts in Ukraine, the United States has expressed "grave concern" about violence and urged President Viktor Yanukovych to "de-escalate" the situation and hold immediate talks with the opposition.
February 19, 2014

Authorities break up Italy-US mafia alliance

Authorities in the U.S. and Italy say they have broken up a drug ring connecting two major mafia groups.
February 12, 2014

Obamas host French President at State Dinner

President Barack Obama hosted French President Francois Hollande at a state dinner filled with business leaders, political donors, and Hollywood celebrities.
February 12, 2014

Holder says Justice Department will aggressively defend same-sex marriage

Attorney general vows to apply landmark supreme court ruling
Guardian: February 9, 2014

Merkel condemns US over EU insult

Germany's Angela Merkel says a US official's apparent insult of the EU's work in Ukraine in a leaked recording is "totally unacceptable".
BBC: February 7, 2014

US bans carry-on liquids on direct flights to Russia

The US government has banned all liquids from carry-on bags on nonstop flights to Russia, on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
BBC: February 7, 2014

US points to Russian role in allegedly leaked Ukraine phone call

The U.S. State Department is firing back at Russia for its role in the alleged leak of an apparently bugged telephone conversation, about Ukraine, between two senior American diplomats, in which they are said to make disparaging comments about the European Union.
February 7, 2014

Sochi 2014: US warns airlines of Russia 'toothpaste' bomb threat

The US has warned airlines with direct flights to Russia that explosives hidden in toothpaste tubes could be smuggled onto planes.
BBC: February 6, 2014