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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

U.S., Russia reach Ukraine deal

Secretary of State Kerry calls the agreement a "first step" toward avoiding a disaster. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Malaysian military tracked, but did not pursue, flight MH370

A senior military source has told Reuters that it tracked the missing Malaysian flight after it turned around, but chose not to follow it.

SLATE

Putin's ego: Russia has some sad history with arrogant overreach

Putin puts one to mind of another czar, one who left his country humbled rather than uplifted.

NEW YORK TIMES

Panic spreads over ebola outbreak in West Africa

Some 90 people have died as the disease has crossed several borders.

THE INDEPENDENT

Afghans defy Taliban threats with large voting turnout

There were glitches but no major problems as Afghans held their first vote to transfer power democratically.

AL JAZEERA

William Kristol: Can we drop the war-weariness excuse?

Republicans aren't offering much more vision on foreign policy than Obama.

WEEKLY STANDARD

Condoleezza Rice: Wake up to Putin's plans

He thinks the ending of the Cold War was tragic, and he will turn the clock back as far as as the West will let him.

WASHINGTON POST

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane turns up oil slick in sea

A Vietnamese military plane's crew has found the first sign of the 777 plane that was carrying at least 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

NEW YORK TIMES

Roger Cohen: Why Obama has to turn the table on Putin and his imperial obsession

Putin gained confidence from the administration's lack of firmness on Syria.

NEW YORK TIMES

Russia declares war on Ukraine, seizes Crimea

"Russian armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula on Saturday, as President Vladimir V. Putin had the Russian Parliament grant him broad authority to use military force in Ukraine in response to deepening instability there."

NEW YORK TIMES
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