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April 4, 2014
In a major development vis-à-vis international scientific collaboration, NASA has suspended the majority of its ties with the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, in light of what NASA described as “Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,” CNN reported. Collaboration with Roscosmos will continue, however, in regards to the International Space Station. Since the retirement of NASA’s shuttle program in 2011, the U.S.
April 3, 2014
A police official was killed and several others were wounded in bombings near Cairo University on Wednesday, The New York Times reported. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, which the Times described as seeming to signal an intensification of violence on Egypt’s university campuses. 
March 31, 2014
As tensions between the U.S. and Russia have escalated, administrators of international exchange programs largely report business as usual. 
March 28, 2014
The president of Al-Quds University, an Arab university in the West Bank, announced his retirement on Wednesday, three days after hundreds of Hamas supporters held a protest on campus, Haaretz reported. In a statement, Sari Nusseibeh, Al-Quds’ president for 20 years and a leading Palestinian political moderate, cited his age and long tenure in office as his reasons for retiring and said he would stay on as a philosophy professor. 
March 27, 2014
The movement on the part of student governments to issue resolutions supporting divestment from companies in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heated up this week, with results that are sure to be the source of continuing contention.
March 25, 2014
A philosophy professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations was fired after writing an op-ed criticizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea as akin to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria, Reuters reported.
March 24, 2014
Advocates of international exchange organize to protest a proposed 13 percent cut to the flagship Fulbright program.
March 21, 2014
The U.S. Department of Treasury on Thursday issued a general license allowing accredited U.S. universities to enter into academic exchange agreements with Iranian universities and permitting the export of some educational services, including university entrance examinations. The guidance also permits American universities and their contractors to enroll Iranian students in certain online undergraduate-level courses, including massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
March 18, 2014
A professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University's campus in Qatar said her new novel has been banned in the country, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar said she was told that her book about modern love in Qatar, Love Comes Later, was banned because it was “about ‘Qatar and Qataris,’” with no further elaboration.
March 12, 2014
Together, U. of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong U. run innovative joint institute.

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