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Russian Duma Approves Crimea Annexation

Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has overwhelmingly ratified a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine.The lawmakers voted on the measure Thursday, and the parliament's upper house, the Federation Council, will hold a similar vote on Friday. Crimeans voted in a regional referendum last Sunday to declare independence from Ukraine in hopes of joining the Russian Federation.On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed the treaty making Crimea part of...

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