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Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds during an investment conference in Moscow Thursday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian President Vladimir Putin applauds during an investment conference in Moscow Thursday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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Russia’s Putin shrugs off economic damage from Western sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday shrugged off the negative impact of Western sanctions, saying they will only encourage Russia to build closer ties with China, India and Latin America.

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Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova waves during farewell ceremony for the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14M in Kazakhstan, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov, Pool)
Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova waves during farewell ceremony for the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14M in Kazakhstan, Thursday. (AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov, Pool)
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US-Russian crew lifts off for International Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station.

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From left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, Romanian President Traian Basescu, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and British RAF Group Captain David Bentley.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
From left, British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, Romanian President Traian Basescu, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and British RAF Group Captain David Bentley. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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NATO creates ‘spearhead’ force to deter Russia

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) -- NATO's creation of a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect Eastern Europe from Russian bullying reflects a cool-eyed calculation that Vladimir Putin and his generals won't risk head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its nuclear-capable Western European allies.

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Soldiers of special battalion "Azov" have a rest at a checkpoint in the port city of Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Soldiers of special battalion "Azov" have a rest at a checkpoint in the port city of Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Ukraine signs cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The Ukrainian president declared a cease-fire Friday to end nearly five months of fighting in the nation's east after his representatives reached a deal with the Russian-backed rebels at peace talks.

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Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin  walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)
Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)
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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in Ukraine peace talks

MOSCOW (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

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Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders answers reporters' questions as he arrives for an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders answers reporters' questions as he arrives for an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
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EU ministers seek new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

MILAN (AP) -- Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with more sanctions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti,  Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
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Putin orders import limits, to hit back over sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that the United States remains deeply concerned that Russia is ramping up support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. He later conceded that pressure from recently imposed U.S. and European sanctions "hasn't resolved the problem yet."

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Technicians assemble a new steam turbine system in the hard coal-fired power station 'Block 6' of energy provider swb AG at the industrial harbour in Bremen, Germany.   (AP Photo/dpa, Ingo Wagner, File)
Technicians assemble a new steam turbine system in the hard coal-fired power station 'Block 6' of energy provider swb AG at the industrial harbour in Bremen, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Ingo Wagner, File)
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Russia tensions hurting European companies

BERLIN (AP) -- Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

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