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President Joe Biden’s effort to rally support, both at home and abroad, ahead of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine is just the latest big test of his ability to bridge ideological gaps and balance competing interests to build effective coalitions.
Netherlands, Ukraine take Russia to European rights court
he Netherlands and Ukraine argued Wednesday that a top European court should hear their cases that seek to hold Russia responsible for human rights violations in eastern Ukraine including the 2014 downing of a passenger jet that killed all 298 people on board.

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Russia aggression recalls Cold War, challenges NATO
The threat of Russian military invasion of the remainder of Ukraine represents the most serious military crisis and challenge in Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The current substantial buildup of Russian military forces around that nation continues, ominously.
UK government holds breath as it awaits 'partygate' report
Prime Minister Boris Johnson braced Wednesday for the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties, a document that could help him end weeks of scandal and discontent, or bring his time in office to an abrupt close.
Ukraine’s front line: Where lives turn on distant decisions
As Western-supplied weapons land by the planeload in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, soldiers and civilians in the east wait with helpless anticipation for decisions made by people with little knowledge of Ukraine and even less about the eastern front lines.
Winter welcome: Stranded drivers freed in Istanbul, Athens
Rescue crews in Istanbul and Athens dug through snow and ice Tuesday to clear paralyzed roads and rescue people stranded overnight in their cars after snowstorms and a massive cold front brought much of Turkey and Greece to a standstill.

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