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The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

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With strong words from President Obama from the capital of Estonia and a proposed cease-fire gone awry, it seems the eyes of the Western World are watching Russia in a way they have not in decades.

The President was in Estonia Wednesday en route to the NATO summit in Wales where the subject of the Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the U.S.’s next move will be a point of major discussion.

An internet security breach of near biblical proportions is causing great concern around the globe.

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President Barack Obama called on Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday to clear the way for full international investigations of the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine.

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There are very few verified facts yet as to what caused a Malaysian airliner to go down in Eastern Ukraine this morning, killing the 295 passengers and crew members on board.

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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said Russian President Vladimir Putin can’t get over the fact that the Soviet Union no longer exists and that he wants to rebuild the Russian Empire.

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Russian news services are claiming overwhelming support in Crimea for the region's plan to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, citing exit polls from Sunday's referendum. Russia's state news agency reports that afer 50 percent of the votes had been processed that more than 95 percent of voters said they were in favor of joining Russia.

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Have you traveled somewhere with expectations of what you would find only to discover that you were off base? First Coast Connect contributor Jay Solomon has just returned from a trip like that, and has these thoughts.

Raised with newsreels, many of my memories of contemporary history are colored grey. So, my expectations were of Soviet era drab as my wife Joanie and I landed in St. Petersburg, Russia, earlier this Fall. The city's tired old airport definitely supported that notion

The U.S. and Russia have been taking lots of jabs at each other.

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized President Obama's plan for a military strike in Syria, and the Russian leader then denounced American "exceptionalism" in a biting op-ed in The New York Times.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., fired back Thursday with his own op-ed in the Russian paper Pravda, entitled, "Russia Deserves Better Than Putin."

Greenpeace reports that its vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has been boarded by the Russian Coast Guard after a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Russian Arctic.

The crew of the vessel tweeted throughout the drama. A tweet by Greenpeace HQ indicated that everyone was safe but that the crew was not "in control of the ship at this point."

Russia's top diplomat says his nation will give the U.N. Security Council evidence that implicates Syria's rebel forces in the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus, the BBC reports.

Word of what Syrian President Bashar Assad's strongest ally on the Security Council plans comes from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.