Standard and Poor's Downgrades Russian Debt Rating

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_451cb2dbab.jpgEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages (MOSCOW) -- As tension between the United States and Russia over the situation in Ukraine continues to remain unremedied, Standard and Poor's downgraded Russia's sovereign debt rating for the first time since 2008. According to Bloomberg News, Russia's debt rating was dropped to a BBB-, the same rating given to Brazil and Azerbaijan, signifying a negative outlook.

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Obama, Putin Trade Warnings on Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_66a62cc803.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- The leaders of the U.S. and Russia traded warnings Thursday as the crisis in the Ukraine becomes more serious by the day. In Tokyo, President Obama said that more U.S. sanctions on Russia are “teed up and ready to go,” signaling that if Moscow does not reverse course in eastern Ukraine, it will face additional consequences “in days not weeks.”

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John Kerry Threatens Russia, Gives No New Sanctions

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_5ddd63b44c.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia on Thursday of dragging its feet on de-escalating the situation in eastern Ukraine, one week after the two countries reached an agreement in Geneva, Switzerland, to reduce tensions. “For seven days, Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction."

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Humanoid Robot Challenges Obama in Soccer

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_8cc87d9743.jpgJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images (TOKYO) -- President Obama Thursday got up close and personal with the latest in Japanese science and technology, including an encounter with a humanoid robot named “ASIMO.” During a photo op at the Miraikan museum, which showcases Japanese emerging science and innovation, Obama and the robot bowed at each other and even had a conversation in English. “It’s nice to meet you,” ASIMO said in an electronic voice.

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American Father, Son Among Victims in Kabul Hospital Shooting

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_3e178d60ec.jpgSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday, killing three American doctors and leaving two other people wounded, officials said. A father and son were among the victims, ABC News has learned. According to Kabul police, a female American nurse was also wounded in the attack. The victims’ identities are not yet known, but the U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirmed that they are Americans.

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