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Merkel and Putin Discuss Ukraine as NATO Vows No Nuclear Weapons

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone about Ukraine, as NATO declared they will not put nuclear arms and new troops in eastern Europe. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also reassured Romania and Cyprus of America’s support during the crisis with Ukraine. May 19, 2014 12:29 PM PT

Russia, China Close to Gas Supply Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia and China are close to finishing a deal concerning Russian natural gas exports to China. It would be a major victory for Putin, who is in the middle of a crisis with Ukraine and Europe. May 19, 2014 9:40 AM PT

Russia, Pro-Russians Bully Ukraine Presidential Candidates

Ukraine’s presidential elections are Sunday, May 25, and two candidates have already felt resistance from Russia and pro-Russians in Ukraine. Moscow upheld an order to freeze the accounts of leading candidate Petro Poroshenko’s chocolate business, and rebels burned down Sergiy Tigipko’s office in Donetsk. May 18, 2014 5:15 PM PT

Crimean Tatars Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Russia Deportation

May 18, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of Josef Stalin deporting over 200,000 Crimean Tatars to Central Asia on suspicion of corroborating with Hitler and the Nazis. The majority died on the way, including women and children, and most did not even begin the journey home until the 1980s. May 18, 2014 11:21 AM PT

CDC: 10,000 Toddlers Aged 2-3 Medicated for ADD, ADHD

There are about 10,000 toddlers in the United States aged two to three on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) These ages are two years before the ADHD guidelines, which suggests children as young as four could qualify for an ADHD diagnosis. May 18, 2014 7:32 AM PT

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Meets with Leaders in East Ukraine

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with regional leaders in Kharkiv in an attempt to ease tensions between Kiev and east Ukraine. The people of the east, which is dominated by Russian speakers and ethnic Russians, are frustrated with Kiev because they believe the new government ignored their grievances after Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February. May 17, 2014 12:53 PM PT

Steelworkers Force Out Pro-Russians in Mariupol, Ukraine

According to the Associated Press, pro-Russian forces left government buildings in Mariupol after local steelworkers took control and forced out the rebels. The men work at Metinvest, which is owned by Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov. Earlier in the week, he asked his employees to work with the police to restore order. May 16, 2014 8:20 AM PT

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