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NATO sees no Russian troop pullout

NATO says it can’t confirm the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine’s border as Moscow heaps more pressure on a teetering Ukraine economy with a painful gas price hike.

Foreign ministers from the western alliance gathered in Brussels on Tuesday to try and forge a response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, amid tentative signs of a calming in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War.

Ukraine’s parliament has met one of Moscow’s key demands by voting unanimously to disarm all self-defence groups that sprang up across the country during the crisis that first erupted over a ditched EU alliance in late November.

But tensions remain high over two weeks after Moscow formally annexed Crimea, with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen saying it is not possible to confirm Russia has pulled away from the Ukrainian border, as announced by the Kremlin.

‘This is not what we have seen,’ Rasmussen said as NATO ministers gathered for two days of talks, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew in between shuttle diplomacy stops in the Middle East.

Ukraine and the United States have accused Russia of massing thousands of troops near the border and have expressed concern Moscow intends to seize southeastern parts of Ukraine that are home to large populations of ethnic Russians, following the Crimea takeover.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office said Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally informed her of the troop pullback in a phone conversation and on Tuesday said she had ‘no reason’ to doubt his word.

Ukraine also reported on Monday that Russian troops were leaving the sensitive area adding it appeared to coincide with a phone call Putin had unexpectedly placed to US President Barack Obama on Friday.

With the assurances from Moscow, NATO seemed to be stepping back from a floated idea to reinforce the alliance’s military presence in countries bordering Russia, preferring for now to give more time to talks.

‘I think everybody realises that the best way forward is a political and diplomatic dialogueue,’ Rasmussen said, though he added NATO was ‘very determined to provide effective defence and protection of our allies’.

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President Obama honors Red Sox while remembering Boston Marathon victims

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White House Honors Boston Red Sox

President Barack Obama honored the 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, at the White House on Tuesday, saying they represent the resilience of a city hit by a senseless act of terror last year.

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Transcript: President Obamas remarks honoring the Boston Red Sox

Win McNamee / Getty Images President Barack Obama speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. April 1, 2014 THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat.

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Obama welcomes World Series champion Red Sox

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has welcomed the World Series champion Red Sox to the White House, praising their triumph on the field last fall while hailing them as a symbol of their city’s determined response to the bombing at last year’s Boston Marathon. Obama said Tuesday he’s grateful for the role the team played in helping heal the city after the terror attack.

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Mr. President, Time To Act On Syria by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir – The Mindanao Examiner

FOR BETTER or for worse President Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an effort to end the horrific civil war in Syria. The tragic loss of nearly 150,000 Syrians, nine million internally displaced persons and refugees, and the massive destruction would still pale in comparison to the near-complete devastation of the nation if nothing is done soon.

Recent events in Ukraine and the Middle East provide Obama perhaps the last chance to contain and eventually end the conflict. The President must first save Syria from a ruthless tyrant who has demonstrated no qualms about destroying the whole nation only to maintain his reign. Acting now would also restore Americas credibility and send a clear message to friends and foes alike that the US will no longer sit idle in the face of this unspeakable calamity.

To begin with, it is time for Obama to recognize that he cannot count on President Putins help to end the bloodshed in Syria. Russia had vetoed several United Nations Security Council resolutions to punish Assad. It continues to supply him with weapons, refused to coerce or induce him to make any political concessions, and engineered the chemical deal to prevent an American strike, which has strengthened rather than weakened Assad.

Furthermore, Obama has allowed Russia to usurp the political initiatives on Syria by spearheading two bogus Geneva conferences, knowing that they would not produce a solution but rather give Assad more time to regroup and regain the upper hand. Finally, Putin has categorically refused to embrace any solution that will exclude Assad.

Now that the annexation of Crimea has soured US-Russia bilateral relations, the prospect of Russia becoming a helpful player is even dimmer than before. It would be nave to assume that Putin will now convert and act against his own perceived interests.

Putin will maintain his position as long as Assad is part of Russias strategy to secure its interests in the Eastern Mediterranean. Putin, however, knows his limits and recognizes that should the US decide to strike Syria, there is little he can do to challenge the US and its European allies. I believe that after much wrangling, he may well choose to play a positive role to protect Russias interests post-Assad.

Second, contrary to the view that taking military action against Syria would disrupt the ongoing negotiations with Iran about its suspected nuclear program, I maintain that the opposite is true. Iran may suspend the negotiations for a few weeks, but Tehran is still in dire economic straits and it can ill-afford to scuttle the talks while much of the sanctions remain in place.

To be sure, acting against Syria now would strengthen Obamas hand in these negotiations, as it will send an unambiguous message to Tehran that the US will no longer buy into Russias or Irans mischief. Iran will more likely continue to adhere to the interim agreement and negotiate a long-term accord to further ease the sanctions and prevent an American or Israeli military assault.

Third, striking Assad could also enhance the prospect of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations as the US will be in a stronger position to pressure both sides to make necessary concessions to reach, at a minimum, an interim agreement.

Renewed resolve by Obama would also restore his credibility among the leading Arab states, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who were extremely disappointed by Obamas reversal of his decision to strike Syria following Assads use of chemical weapons. They want to feel confident that the US will uphold its commitment before they pressure Abbas to show more flexibility in the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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A Cold War Lesson For Ukraine

There’s been a lot of talk about how Russia’s invasion of Crimea means a return to the Cold War. History never repeats itself exactly (it merely echoes). But there are actually some lessons from the Cold War which could be applicable to the crisis in Ukraine.

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NATO needs to boost presence in Eastern Europe Obama

BRUSSELS – NATO needs to boost its presence in eastern European countries that feel vulnerable to Russia after its annexation of Crimea, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Some defense experts have said the Crimea crisis could put NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia back on the agenda, but Obama said neither country was on a path to NATO membership and there were no immediate plans to expand the 28-member alliance.

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region has made newer NATO members in eastern Europe, particularly in the Baltics, nervous about a newly assertive Moscow.

On a trip to Europe this week, Obama has been at pains to reassure these countries that the United States and the rest of NATO would defend them if they were ever attacked.

Speaking after a summit with EU leaders in Brussels, Obama said NATO foreign ministers meeting next week should make sure the alliance had up-to-date contingency plans to defend all allies, including those in central and eastern Europe.

NATO should also do more to ensure it puts in place “a regular NATO presence” among states that feel vulnerable to Russian pressure, Obama said.

He gave no details, but said: “I think there are ways that we can do that that can be accommodated by our existing assets.”

U.S. officials have said the Pentagon will more than double the number of U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic and do more training with Poland’s air force as it strives to reassure allies alarmed by the crisis in Ukraine.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, criticising Russia’s “reckless and illegal military actions in Ukraine”, said he agreed with Obama’s call for “additional measures to enhance our collective defense, including updated and further developed defence plans, enhanced exercises, and appropriate deployments.”

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The New Theology of (Global) Hope

Not since Pope John Paul II has a religious leader been looked upon so ardently as the face of hope in a turbulent world. With global leadership faltering and multilateral organizations incapable of bringing about a resolution to conflicts, all eyes are on Rome, especially as President Obama, the politician of hope, seeks the divine intervention of Pope Francis. On the agenda will be issues of social justice and finding solutions to the vast income inequality that still keeps a billion people in extreme poverty.

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Abbas demands release of key Palestinian prisoners

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas demanded in talks with US President Barack Obama that Israel free key Palestinian prisoners, including Marwan Barghuti, a Palestinian official said Thursday.

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