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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Obama And Kerry Criticize Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to religious leaders at the Shrine of the Fallen, a tribute to anti-government protesters, on Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sergei Supinsky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 12:38 pm

Russia's explanation for its military response to the crisis in Ukraine doesn't match real events, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. Speaking at news conferences held within moments of each other on different continents, they urged Russia to de-escalate the situation.

After unveiling his 2015 budget blueprint in Washington, D.C., the president was asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin's approach to the situation in Ukraine.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Tue March 4, 2014

For Those Itching To Etch, Great Wall Now Has A Graffiti Zone

Two of the names carved into the Great Wall, in this case near Badaling, China. Authorities hope to cut down on graffiti by giving tourists a designated spot to leave their marks.
David Guttenfelder AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:59 am

Chinese authorities are trying to contain a growing problem — graffiti written on and carved into the stones of the Great Wall of China — by giving tourists a designated section on which they can leave their marks.

China News Service reports that "Mutianyu, a famous section of the Great Wall of China, has established a specified area for graffiti to better protect the ancient heritage item, the governing authority said on Sunday."

Most of the graffiti, the news service says, is in English.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Putin Says Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his news conference Tuesday.
Alexei Nikolsky AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 11:50 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's David Greene speaks with 'New York Times' Moscow correspondent Steven Lee Myers

(We updated this post at 11:55 a.m. ET.)

Russian soldiers have not occupied government buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events that contradicts reports from the ground.

Instead, he told reporters that the heavily armed men are "local self-defense forces."

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Europe
5:13 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Russian Troops Pullback From Ukraine Border, Remain In Crimea

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

David Greene gets the latest on Russia's military moves in Ukraine from Steven Lee Myers of The New York Times. Russia portrays the Kiev government as rabid nationalists threatening ethnic Russians.

Europe
4:11 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Russian Troops Near Ukraine Ordered Back To Their Bases

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

Vladimir Putin orders tens of thousands of troops in military exercises near Ukraine to pull back. Thousands of Russian servicemen control border crossings and block military bases inside Crimea.

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4:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Syria Falls Behind Destroying Its Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 7:04 am

Linda Wertheimer gets a progress report on Syria's disposal of chemical weapons from Amy Smithson, an expert at the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.

NPR Story
4:02 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Russia Maintains Grip On Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 12:57 pm

As Russia strengthens its military control over Crimea, what options and obligations do the U.S. and its NATO allies have to protect Ukraine? David Greene talks to retired Adm. James Stavridis.

The Two-Way
3:59 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

China Arrests 3 Suspects In Saturday's Deadly Knife Attack

Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the scene of a terrorist attack at the main train station in Kunming, Yunnan Province, Monday. Knife-wielding assailants left at least 29 people dead in the attack.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:22 pm

Police in China say they have arrested some of those responsible for a massacre that took place at a train station Saturday, according to state media. The attackers used knives to kill 29 people; they injured more than four times that number.

Three suspects have been captured, reports Xinhua. The state-run agency cites a report from the Ministry of Public Security saying that with the arrests, it has now accounted for the eight people who took part in the attack.

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Europe
3:07 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

As Russians Return, Crimean Tatars Fear Repeat Of History

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 6:19 pm

Not everyone in Crimea is happy with recent events. Muslim Tatars, who'd lived there for centuries, were exiled by Stalin and could only return with the fall of Communism. Now, the Russians are back.

Europe
3:07 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Deputy National Security Adviser Explains U.S. Options In Ukraine

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 6:19 pm

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken joins Melissa Block to explain the Obama administration's views on recent events in Ukraine and Russia.

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