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Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels

51 min 44 sec ago

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in SlavianskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia ordered new military exercises on the border of Ukraine Thursday and warned of "consequences" after Kiev launched a deadly assault against pro-Kremlin rebels occupying the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, in an escalation of the crisis. But Ukraine's president vowed to see through the military operation, telling Russia to "stop interfering" in the former Soviet republic, and declaring that Kiev would not yield to "the terrorist threat". The rocketing tensions sent oil prices up, as US President Barack Obama, who has deployed troops to boost NATO's defences in eastern European states, accused Russia of reneging on an agreement to defuse the crisis.


Palestinians to consider 'all options' in response to Israel 

2 hours 15 min ago

Israeli boy looks at shrapnel at parking lot in the Israeli southern city of SderotRamallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Palestinians are considering "all options" in response to Israel's decision to halt peace talks and punish the Palestinian Authority over its unity deal with Hamas, an official said Thursday. “The Palestinian leadership will look into all options to respond to Israeli government decisions against the PA,” senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat told AFP. “The priority now for the Palestinians is reconciliation and national unity,” he added. On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) -- internationally recognised as the sole representative of the Palestinian people -- and Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement.


Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

2 hours 57 min ago

A Ukrainian security force officer is deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near SlavianskBy Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. Under an international accord signed in Geneva last week, illegal armed groups in Ukraine, including the rebels occupying about a dozen public buildings in the largely Russian-speaking east, are supposed to disarm and go home. But they have shown few signs of doing so and on Thursday the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said its forces backed by the army had removed three checkpoints manned by armed groups in the separatist-controlled city of Slaviansk. A rebel spokeswoman in Slaviansk said two fighters had died in a clash in the same area, northeast of the city center.


Shaky ground in tornado alley

3 hours 38 min ago
A record-breaking swarm of earthquakes has hit Oklahoma, a state better known for its tornadoes.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

3 hours 52 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

5 hours 35 min ago

Home plate umpire Gerry Davis, right, confers on the mound with New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, left; shortstop Derek Jeter (2); and others in the second inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pineda was ejected after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble.


Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

9 hours 18 min ago

Fishermen near the site of a shipwreck discovery on WednesdaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


Is Warren really Hillary's nightmare? Hardly.

9 hours 46 min ago

BAI Warren ClintonLet's talk about Elizabeth Warren and her political ambitions. Because, you know, somebody has to.


Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

Wed, 2014-04-23 19:14

FILE - In this April 22, 2013 file photo, Television personalities Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in New York. Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday, April 22, 2014, on NBC's "Today" show when she complained about her living arrangements, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.


Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign

Wed, 2014-04-23 18:01
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

Pope Francis in hot water over 'personal' phone calls

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:16

Pope Francis delivers the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing during Easter celebrations at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, on April 24, 2013Pope Francis's habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough. The spokesman said media reports about the phone calls have been "a source of misunderstanding and confusion". The statement follows reports about a phone call that Francis apparently made to a woman in Argentina who had complained her parish priest would not grant her Holy Communion because she had divorced and remarried. Francis was quoted by the woman's husband as saying that the issue was being "looked at" in the Vatican and that divorcees who take Holy Communion "are doing nothing bad".


Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:33

File photo shows Commander of the Slaviansk self-defence battalion Ponomaryov addressing the media at the mayor's office in SlavianskBy Alissa de Carbonnel and Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by "Russia's Bernie Madoff"; In an uprising whose calling cards are the Kalashnikov and the black balaclava, Denis Pushilin and Vyacheslav Ponomaryov have become the unmasked faces of the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has plunged Moscow and the West into their most ominous confrontation since the Cold War. But many in the Donetsk region, including officials who have negotiated with the activists, see the pair as mere fronts for brains behind the scenes: a "puppeteer" in the words of one local Ukrainian mediator; Pushilin, a 32-year-old who won 77 votes when he ran for parliament a few months ago, emerged this month as leader of the self-styled People's Republic of Donetsk, occupying the regional governor's office in Ukraine's industrial heartland.


First troops land in Poland as US beefs up Baltic presence

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:04

The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepensSwidwin (Poland) (AFP) - The first American troops arrived in Poland on Wednesday, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 there and to the Baltic states amid rising tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Some 130 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade -- nicknamed "Sky Soldiers" -- touched down early afternoon in Swidwin, in the northwest of the country, and were welcomed by Poland's defence minister. "Every day we work on the defence of our country but in a world that is changing, and that is full of threats, we need strong and steadfast allies such as the United States and NATO," Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said under a cloudy sky.


Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:32

U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea ManningLEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.


Soldier in battle to rid home of squatters, Florida sheriff’s office says it can’t do anything [UPDATED]

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:06
Soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago and asked a friend to watch over his house in New Port Richey, Florida.

Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:41

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2013 file photo, Jodie Foster arrives at the world premiere of "Elysium" at the Regency Village Theater, in Los Angeles. A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Publicist Jennifer Allen offered no other details Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster is a married woman.


Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:28

A user of Russia’s leading social network internet site VKontakte, poses holding an iPhone showing the account page of Pavel Durov, the former CEO and founder of VKontakte, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The network’s founder, Pavel Durov, described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is reported to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.


‘Her crazy’: Florida woman goes on rampage after storeowner won’t exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:54
This past Monday, a woman became furious with a storeowner when he declined to exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins.

Why This Guy Sold His Digital Soul for $500

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:53

Why This Guy Sold His Digital Soul for $500Dutch Student Auctions Off His Most Private Online Information to the Highest Bidder


Ferry Diver Describes Searching Inside Dark, Capsized Ship

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:53
Water is Murky and Current is Strong, Scuba Diver Says
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