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Russia must pay price over Ukraine: Georgia official

Russia must be made to pay a high price over the Ukraine crisis and cannot be allowed to do as it wants in eastern Europe, Georgia's ambassador to NATO said Tuesday. "The price that Russia has to pay should be quite high," ambassador Levan Dolidze told AFP. As Moscow shows no signs of changing course on Ukraine after winning Crimea, "it is critical that the West be actively engaged in the region," to show it will stand up to Russian pressure, Dolidze said.

NATO chief accuses Russia of deep involvement in east Ukraine

By Adrian Croft LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Russia is deeply involved in the crisis in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized control of a number of government buildings, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday. The frank remarks from the head of the western military alliance underline rising tensions with Moscow, which says it is not involved in the armed pro-Russian protests in eastern Ukraine.

Poland: NATO should send troops to east Europe, ignore Russia's objections

By Marcin Goettig and Marcin Goclowski WARSAW (Reuters) - Russia's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula makes it vital that NATO station significant numbers of troops in eastern Europe and ignore any objections Russia might have in this respect, Poland's defense minister said. Tomasz Siemoniak, in an interview with Reuters, said western Europe was safe thanks to the U.S. military presence there, adding that Russia's military was ready to intervene in Poland's neighbor, Ukraine.

Nigeria pledges massive security for World Economic Forum event

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will mount a massive security operation to protect a World Economic Forum on Africa planned in Abuja next month, following the bomb attack by suspected Islamist militants on the capital's outskirts on Monday, the event's Nigerian hosts said.

NATO head urges Russia to pull back troops from Ukraine border

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged Russia Tuesday to de-escalate tensions over Ukraine and withdraw troops massed on the border with its Soviet-era satellite. "I am deeply concerned by the latest developments in Ukraine," Rasmussen said, citing the seizure of government buildings in the east of the country by pro-Moscow militias. "I call on Russia to de-escalate the crisis, to pull back its troops ... to stop destabilising the situation and make clear it does not support the violent actions of pro-Russian separatists."

China issues rare public warning over N. Korea's nuclear threat

BEIJING, April 15 (Yonhap) -- In a rare public warning to its unruly ally North Korea, China on Tuesday urged the North not to carry out a nuclear test, saying it does not support Pyongyang's "threat of a nuclear test." The public warning by China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying came as tensions on the Korean Peninsula spiked again, with the North continuing to threaten additional missile and a "new form" of nuclear tests.

U.S., China envoys on N. Korea meet in New York

Top U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korean started talks at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York on Monday. Glyn Davies, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, are scheduled to hold talks through Tuesday in New York and then on Thursday in Washington.

S. Korea, China, Japan should unite to deter nuclear N. Korea: Seoul official

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Close cooperation among South Korea, China and Japan is crucial for resolving North Korea's nuclear crisis, Seoul's senior presidential secretary said Tuesday, vowing efforts to improve ties with the neighbors. The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear program -- involving the Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia -- has been dormant since late 2008, with Pyongyang recently threatening a "new form" of nuclear test.

Violated children get new path to rights thanks to Canadian champion

UNDATED, - A Canadian woman who has campaigned eight years to bolster children's rights around the world is celebrating a landmark addition to international law, although her own country has yet to get on board. Sara Austin, from Woodbridge, Ont., addressed a special event at United Nations headquarters in New York City on Monday as the global body called into force a new treaty she designed.

Obama to visit Japan on April 23-25: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to South Korea on April 25, Malaysia on April 26 and the Philippines on April 28 before departing for Washington the following day, it said.
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