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Obama says US, Europe do not want a confrontation with Russia over Ukraine (LIVE BLOG)

The Ukraine crisis moved on to diplomatic halls, while people in Kyiv began to rebuild.

Albania has an Al Qaeda problem. And it's starting to fight back

TIRANA, Albania — The eight people arrested included two radical imams, Genci Balla and Bujar Hysi, believed to be the spiritual leaders of an extremist Islamist group. The news comes amid growing concerns about the number of ethnic Albanians from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo reported two have joined militant groups fighting in Syria.

New sanctions are driving Russians to drink

The new sanctions certainly increase the tension between Moscow and Washington; it’s not yet clear whether they will do anything to move Russia out of Crimea or curb the Kremlin’s expansionist ambitions. But the market is already reacting: Standard & Poor’s and Fitch credit rating agencies promptly downgraded the outlook for Russian sovereign debt from stable to negative, and Russian stock indexes plummeted in early trading on Friday.

Central African Republic might have quickly become the worst place on earth

BANGUI — Hatred between Christians and Muslims in Central African Republic has reached a "terrifying level," the United Nations' top human rights official said on Thursday, warning that atrocities were being carried out with impunity.

This time, it’s serious: Thailand’s upcountry is preparing for civil war

CHIANG MAI — For months, Thailand has grown frighteningly chaotic. The nation has lacked a parliament since December. Protesters have sabotaged elections needed to pick a new one — all while invading ministries, blockading parts of the capital and vowing to abduct the premier. In Thailand, such mayhem historically triggers a coup. But this time is different. The army is standing back. The nation is so divided that a government takeover could spark civil war. Most Thais dread the specter of army intervention. But not Mahawon Kawang. “I want it to happen as soon as possible,” says the influential Red Shirt member.

Ukraine’s Jews tell Putin and his smear campaigns to keep out

KYIV, Ukraine — 'In order to preserve your psychological health,' says Josef Zissels, chairman of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, 'I recommend that you don’t read, watch or listen to any news coming out of Russia.'

With friends like these, can Mexico find justice?

MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto's security team has had an on-and-off relationship with crime-vanquishing vigilantes in the western state of Michoacan. Things look to be off once again. Perhaps way off.

5 reasons why Tunisia should give us all hope

Tunisia rose to international prominence when a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December 2010, prompting an uprising in his own country as well as the entire Arab Spring. Masses soon rose up in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. But things haven't turned out as well in most of those countries as they have in Tunisia. Politicians in the small North African nation have shown the ability to compromise. Democratic institutions appear to be taking root. And a constitution enshrines rights that the US hasn't even considered.

What you need to know about the 6 groups embroiled in Ukraine's crisis

NATO. EU. G8. OSCE. Trying to keep track of the organizations involved in Ukraine's crisis is almost like trying to read a swirling alphabet soup. It can be hard for even the most well-read to keep up with the rapidly-evolving crisis. Here, GlobalPost takes a look at some of the acronyms you'll see in daily coverage, what they stand for, their role in Ukraine, and how much power or influence each group has:

Lavrov says Russia has no plans to invade southeastern Ukraine (LIVE BLOG)

However, Moscow warned that it would intervene to protect 'fellow citizens' following violence in eastern Ukraine.
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