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Ukraine prime minister to seek U.S. military aid


Russia has deployed a force of 220,000 troops, 1,800 tanks and more than 400 helicopters close to Ukraine’s border. Ukraine has about 41,000 troops, of which only 6,000 were “combat ready,” Ukraine’s acting defense minister, Ihor Tenyukh, told the national parliament Tuesday.

Ukraine’s interim government leader, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was headed to Washington for talks today with President Barack Obama. Yatsenyuk is expected to ask for aid for his country’s armed forces. But U.S. officials said they were continuing to instead focus on using sanctions and diplomatic pressure to persuade Russia to pull back from Crimea.

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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

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North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.