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Putin Tests US and EU’s Resolve Over Crimea

The revolution and ousting of Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine in that past three months has highlighted the divide that still exists between Russia and Western Europe, even decades after the end of the Cold War and the fall of the … Continue reading

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World Cup Qualifying Playoffs: Final European and African Qualifiers

Another three days of match fixtures gone, and nine more spots in the 2014 World Cup have been filled. Over the weekend, we had the final legs of the African and European qualifying playoffs. In Africa, the five matches featured … Continue reading

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World Cup Qualifying Playoffs: With Few Goals in Europe, Second Legs Will Prove Decisive

The second day of the final week of World Cup qualifying had the first round of the contestants for the final four European spots in Brazil. The matchups features two underdogs teams facing big competition at home, and two relatively … Continue reading

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2014 World Cup UEFA Playoffs

The European playoff draw for the last four European spots in the 2014 World Cup is in. The draw is Portugal against Sweden, Ukraine against France, Greece against Romania, and Croatia against Iceland. Purely based on the October rankings, one … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The World’s Shortest-Lived Country

There were a lot of aborted political movements between the World Wars, and this led to a lot of short-lived governments. With attempts at socialist governments and brief independence movements for small regions in the former Austria-Hungary, Russian Empire, and … Continue reading

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