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With an about-turn all but impossible for Vladimir Putin after a fierce media campaign that has demonized the West, painted Ukraine's leaders as fascists and backed the rebels to the hilt, he appears to have passed the point of no-return. [Full Story]
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As African Nations Turn to China, Obama Seeks to Improve Ties
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