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Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli troops Wednesday.
Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli troops Wednesday.

UKRAINE TO WITHDRAW TROOPS IN CRIMEA
The Ukrainian government announced plans to withdraw its troops from Crimea and relocate 25,000 service personnel and their families. This comes after pro-Russian self-defense groups and Russian troops forced them to leave more military bases yesterday, The Washington Post reports. The announcement seems to contradict a Parliament resolution adopted this morning, which says that “Ukraine will never cease to fight for the liberation of Crimea.”

According to The Moscow Times, Crimean authorities released a Ukrainian officer who had been detained after a naval base was stormed yesterday following a request from Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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