Russian President Vladimir Putin has masterfully played off the regional divisions within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during his slow-rolled invasion of eastern Ukraine. But this week, the 28-member security alliance will finally settle on a unified response to Russia's blatant incursions: a rapid response military unit capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.
Ebola has rapidly morphed from a major public health emergency to a threat to international peace and security, severely challenging U.N. efforts to support stability in the West African heart of the deadly epidemic.
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As Ukraine's battle against separatists along the border with Russia intensifies, the conflict threatens to bleed the government's coffers dry. The IMF warned the government could be short $19 billion next year if fighting doesn't stop soon. Kiev could really use the money frozen in Swiss bank accounts that allegedly originated from its treasury but was allegedly stolen by the former Ukrainian president and his cronies. The only problem is that it could take years -- if ever -- to get the money back.
This story was updated on Aug. 28, 2014.
President Barack Obama made three things clear at a news conference on Thursday: A military strike on Islamic State fighters in Syria is not imminent; the commander in chief doesn't need Congress's permission to act; and if the United States strikes, it'll be in the nation's self-defense.
Secretary of State John Kerry is now President Barack Obama's point man for drumming up international support to fight the Islamic State, which the administration refers to as ISIL.