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Eurovision and Crimea, as covered by John Oliver’s new show

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On John Oliver’s new show on HBO, “Last Week Tonight,” he covers the Eurovision Song Contest and Crimea.
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Congrats — Yous gays seriously ticked off Putin

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Russian President Putin just banned Obama’s gay donors from entering Russia (as if they’d want to).
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They sang the Ukrainian national anthem in Moscow on May Day, then this happpened

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Today was May Day, the international workers’ day. And some brave protesters decided to make a statement.
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Russians take international monitors hostage in Ukraine

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Some say that eastern Europe thinks the year is 1938, while western Europe thinks it’s 1914.
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Power’s bitch: Snowden responds to criticism of TV appearance with Putin

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Snowden claims he intended to spark a national dialogue in Russia about that country’s domestic spying. Seriously.
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Jews in eastern Ukraine told to register with pro-Russian forces, or else

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Sec. Kerry: “It’s not just intolerable, it’s grotesque.”
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HIV/AIDS explodes in Russia as Putin eschews “western” science

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New HIV infections in Russia are out of control, and Kremlin shows little interest in seriously addressing them.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia appears preparing to invade rest of Ukraine

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I don’t want to see anyone killed. But at this point, peace is going to lead to one guaranteed casualty: Ukraine.
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Kremlin posts White House Web site petition demanding Alaska back

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The petition was posted to show how “dangerous” free speech is. Seriously.
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Putin wants Finland, Baltic states, says former top adviser

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“Putin claims to have ownership” of “significant parts of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic States and Finland.”
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