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Daily News Briefing

February 2015

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Europe's energy shift

Concern about Russian foreign policy turns the Continent to new sources for natural gas.

A year after Crimea

While Mr. Putin has been applauded at home for Russia's newfound assertiveness, the price has been high.

IS's short-lived conquests

As the self-styled caliphate is pushed back into northern Syria, its message of momentum will be blunted as well.

A 10-year plan for Iran

Nuclear negotiators appear to be zeroing in on a deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program and reintegrate the country into the world community.

A way forward for Greece?

The country's new left-of-center government may be able to deliver economic reforms that its predecessors failed to do.

As the US economy improves, consumers are spending more – but are spending more carefully, too.

While Kiev has suffered setbacks on the battlefield over the past year, it appears to be making progress toward democracy.

Why 'zero Ebola' is crucial

The disease is being defeated. Fear, too, must be defeated, so that the battered economies can revive.

Dealing with 'failed states'

The world is wrestling with a tough question: What can be done to counter jihadist movements?

Why we need Valentine's Day

It's innocent fun. It's a time-out to tell others we love them. (Oh, and it's tomorrow.)