Mar 14, 2014 — Crimeans vote Sunday on whether to split from Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies vow to penalize Russia if it continues to intervene. Secretary of State Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Friday.
Mar 13, 2014 — The crisis in Ukraine continues. On Sunday, there's a referendum in Crimea about whether to split from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
Mar 6, 2014 — While emphasizing he wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis and conceding his nation's military is far smaller than Russia's, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine has "the spirit" to defend itself.
Oct 17, 2013 — Weapons inspectors are still in Syria assessing the country's stockpile and how to destroy it. It's unclear where the weapons would go if they were sent abroad, but there are signs that such a move is under consideration.
Sep 23, 2013 — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are expected to meet Thursday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. It's the highest-level meeting between the two countries in six years.
Sep 13, 2013 — Although a Free Syrian Army commander has said his fighters haven't yet gotten any "lethal aid" from the U.S., sources tell NPR that some small arms are being delivered to "moderate" rebels. Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian diplomats report progress in their discussions.
Sep 12, 2013 — Russia is "playing games. ... They know that the regime in Damascus is a criminal regime," Gen. Salim Idris tells NPR. Many Syrians, he says, "can't understand why the Russians and Iranians are supporting the [Assad] regime" and why "our friends are delaying" in coming to the opposition's aid.
Sep 11, 2013 — The U.S. secretary of state will be in Geneva on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart. Russia's proposal that the Assad regime hand over its chemical weapons may provide a diplomatic way of resolving the crisis. But the U.S. has said Assad can't use it as a delaying tactic.
Sep 9, 2013 — Russia's foreign minister says he has told his Syrian counterpart that one way to head off a U.S. strike could be to hand over control of those weapons to international watchdogs. The Assad regime has reportedly welcomed the suggestion. The White House says any turnover has to be verifiable.
Sep 4, 2013 — Administration officials continue to push for Congressional support of strikes on Syria. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is adding to the number of targets inside Syria that could be struck. They include warplanes, attack helicopters and missile sites. If they're destroyed, Assad's regime could be weakened.