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January 2015

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The two Ukraine narratives

Mr. Putin's version of what caused the Ukraine crisis might strain credulity. By adhering it, he is straining NATO and the EU.

The sorrow of the space shuttle accident 29 years ago was redeemed, at least in part, by an unflinching investigation and a poignant speech.

How winter keeps us warm

A major snowstorm in the northeastern United States isn't unusual this time of year. And spring isn't far away.

A 'frozen conflict' returns

Ukraine is the latest in a series of Russian-backed separatist operations. But the stakes in Ukraine are higher than elsewhere.

Greeks say no to austerity

Yesterday's vote may be a turning point in the post-war European integration project.

Amid persistent worries about deflation, the European Central Bank is following the lead of the Federal Reserve.

World events, economic trends, and national politics make headlines, but at the grass roots level the American union is strong.

A rivalry with deep roots

From one end of the Arabian Peninsula to the other, Saudi Arabia and Iran are vying for influence.

Racial equality is sometimes frustratingly slow. Sometimes it seems to backslide. But progress persists.

Momentum shifts in Iraq

Islamic State's aggressive attacks drew attention last year. But it is increasingly on the defensive.