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Russia Dismisses New US Sanctions

Russian foreign ministry says Saturday the sanctions will not force Russia to give up Crimea because Crimea is a 'historic and integral part of Russia' More

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a media conference after an EU summit in Brussels, Dec. 18, 2014.

EU Leaders on Russia: After Sanctions, What Next?

New head of European Union, former Polish PM Donald Tusk believes EU needs to forge a long-term strategy in dealing with Russia More

FILE - Russian marines take part in a military parade during celebrations marking the forces' annual holiday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Nov. 29, 2014.

Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian 'Occupation'

Measure includes sanctions on 24 individuals, companies identified as contributing to unrest in eastern Ukraine More

FILE - Children of internally displaced Ukrainian people, who abandoned their homes in Donetsk, play with donated toys during a food distribution drive in central Kyiv, Oct. 25, 2014.

UN: Children Bearing Brunt of Ukraine War

UNICEF seeks $32.4 million to provide warm clothing, hygiene items, medicine, school supplies to hundreds of thousands of kids More

Pope Francis smiles as he leaves after an audience with Italian athletes in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican,  Dec.19, 2014.

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More


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Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.