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These nations are using food to project power around the world. And it's working.

"Noodle diplomacy" and "chopstick diplomacy" may be relatively new phrases, but the concept that food and diplomacy go together is as old as, well, food.

How Russia could strangle the US space program

Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. The US relies heavily on Russia to furnish the engines that power rockets that deliver both military and civil payloads into space. This includes GPS systems in cars and cellphones, and even systems that allow ATMs to function. Weather satellites are launched into space via Russian-powered rockets, and military systems such as early missile detection also depend on our friends in Moscow.

8K people have signed a petition to give Alaska to Russia

Secession. It's all the rage. A petition appeared on this week, asking Obama to give Alaska to Russia. So far, 8,534 people have signed it — which is 389 more people than when I took the screenshot below 24 minutes ago.

Q&A: ‘We need shock and awe’ against Russia

GlobalPost speaks to Anders Aslund, an expert on Russian economics, for an analysis of the likely effects of the new sanctions. His verdict: ‘We need much more.’

Why the OAS doesn't want you to hear what this woman has to say

LIMA — A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader was in Washington, DC, Friday to detail her accusations of government repression. In a highly unusual move, Panama allowed Maria Corina Machado, a conservative congresswoman from Caracas, to take up its seat at a session of the Organization of American States.

Top 10 reasons Sen. Dan Coats is sad about being sanctioned by Russia

After Russia issued a travel ban on nine high-ranking Americans, the Republican senator from Indiana asked Twitter if anyone knew the Russian word for 'Hoosier.'

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.

Uruguay agrees to receive five Guantanamo detainees

Uruguay said Thursday it had agreed to receive five prisoners of as yet undisclosed nationalities from the US war on terror prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. US President Barack Obama is struggling to fulfill his five-year-old promise to close the controversial jail, and countries have been slow to come forward and agree to accept transferred inmates. Confirming a report first published in the weekly Busqueda newspaper, a high-level government source told AFP that Uruguay will host the former inmates for at least two years.
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