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Germany: Europe Should Avoid Further Sanctions On Russia, Foreign Minister Says

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned against further EU sanctions on Moscow, the foreign minister said, Deutsche Welle reported Dec. 20.

Russia: Foreign Ministry Denounces New Western Sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the new Western sanctions against Ukraine's Crimea region, Russian officials said Dec. 20, Reuters reported.

Canada: Government To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Canada will impose new sanctions on Russia, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Dec. 19, TASS reported Dec. 20.

Iraq: Kurdish Forces Claim To Take Sinjar From Islamic State

Kurdish fighters claimed to recapture Sinjar, the northern Iraqi town controlled by the Islamic State, on Dec. 20, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said on Twitter, CNN reported.

Israel: Aircraft Bomb Hamas Site In Gaza Strip

Israeli aircraft struck a Hamas military site in the Gaza Strip early on Dec. 20 in retaliation for a rocket fired at southern Israel on Dec. 19, Israeli military officials said, Xinhuanet reported.

Ukraine, Russia: President Obama Bans Investment In Crimea

U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order Dec. 19 banning new investment in Crimea, White House officials said, Xinhuanet reported Dec. 20.

Sudan, South Sudan: Threats Are A Declaration Of War, Army Says

South Sudanese army spokesman Philip Aguer said Sudan's threats to pursue rebels in South Sudanese territory is a declaration of war, World Bulletin reported Dec. 19.

India: Government Introduces Massive Tax Reform

India's government introduced new legislation Dec. 19 that lawmakers called the biggest tax reform since independence, Bangkok Post reported.

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