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Russia's Putin wants beefed-up presence in Arctic

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:32

Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in MoscowBy Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia should step up its presence in the Arctic and challenge other nations in exploring the world's largest untapped natural reserves, days after it started shipping its first oil from the region. Russia's ambitions in the Arctic have for some time been raising eyebrows among other states vying for a presence there, but the Kremlin's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula is likely to put its Arctic plans under greater scrutiny. Russia has staked its future economic growth on developing the Arctic's vast energy resources and reviving a Soviet-era shipping route through the ice. Russia loaded its first crude tanker from an oil platform in the Pechora Sea last week.

Belarus fears for its security after Ukraine crisis

Tue, 2014-04-22 10:13
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that the crisis in neighboring Ukraine threatened his own country's security, and that Belarusians should pull together to protect their independence. Lukashenko, who has run the ex-Soviet country of 10 million people for almost 20 years, is a close ally of Moscow but he said last month that Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula set a bad precedent. Ukraine is seething, Russia is trying to stand tall again, in front of our eyes old borders are crumbling," Lukashenko said in his annual address to parliament. "Any geopolitical disasters will affect us too ... We have to defend our most important value: the independence of our country." Lukashenko, criticized by the West for his harsh policies towards the opposition at home, relies heavily on economic and military support from Russia.

Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message

Tue, 2014-04-22 09:34

Andy Coulson, former former Editor of the now closed News of the World newspaper arrives at the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, in London where she appears to face charges related to phone hacking Tuesday, April, 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig.

7 Days, 4 Countries, 5 Things to Watch As Obama Returns to Asia

Tue, 2014-04-22 07:49

7 Days, 4 Countries, 5 Things to Watch As Obama Returns to AsiaWith Eye on China, Obama to Reaffirm Ties With Asian Allies

Ancient Assassin Flies Found in Amber

Tue, 2014-04-22 07:15

Ancient Assassin Flies Found in AmberAn extinct species of assassin fly that lived during the age of the dinosaurs has been discovered inside a translucent tomb of amber. B. bruckschi joins more than 7,500 species of assassin flies that are alive today.

After 7 years, Minnesota woman finally brings adopted daughters home

Tue, 2014-04-22 07:02
Suann Hibbs, who fought for more than seven years to adopt three girls from Guatemala, has won her battle to bring them home.

U.S. backs Ukraine, warns Russia with Biden visit

Tue, 2014-04-22 06:54

U.S. Vice President Biden shakes hands with Ukraine's PM Yatseniuk during a meeting in KievBy Jeff Mason and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - In a show of U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled government, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an aid package on Tuesday and demanded Russia back off but also warned Kiev it must tackle the "cancer of corruption". Demanding Moscow "stop talking and start acting" to disarm pro-Russian separatists who Ukraine says aim to undermine the May 25 election, Biden told presidential candidates it may be "the most important election in Ukrainian history". Part of the $50-million aid package was earmarked to support the "integrity" of the vote. But after 23 years of post-Soviet independence from Moscow that have seen endemic graft sap the economy and public faith in the state, Biden told lawmakers: "To be very blunt ... you have to fight the cancer of corruption." Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who took office after the overthrow of Ukraine's Kremlin-backed president two months ago, told him that this would be a priority of the new administration.

John Turturro replaces Robert De Niro in HBO's 'Criminal Justice'

Tue, 2014-04-22 06:41

Actor and director John Turturro is currently promoting his comedy feature "Fading Gigolo."Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro for the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Attached to headline "Criminal Justice" since September 2013, Robert De Niro was forced to step down due to a scheduling conflict, according to the Hollywood news website. The star will be replaced by John Turturro, the New York actor frequently seen in the films of Spike Lee and the Coen brothers. The role was initially developed for "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, who died in June 2013.

230 girls abducted in Nigeria still missing

Tue, 2014-04-22 06:38

In this photo taken Monday, April, 21. 2014. Borno state governor Kashim Shettima, centre, visit government secondary school Chibok, were gunmen abducted more than 200 students in Chibok, Nigeria. Nigerian parents say more than 200 girls and young women abducted from the Chibok school by Islamic militants remain missing one week later, despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate parents who went into a dangerous forest. Dozens of the kidnapped girls managed to escape by jumping from the back of an open truck or hiding in dense forest. (AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters.

Jon Stewart Tries to Figure Out the Cliven Bundy Mess

Tue, 2014-04-22 06:15

Jon Stewart Tries to Figure Out the Cliven Bundy MessSo Jon Stewart spent the first few minutes last night playing catch-up – in a new segment titled "I don't get it."  "It is your standard 'boy has cow, boy breaks law for 20 years, boy loses cow' story," Stewart said. Or at least it was, until a bunch of armed ranchers showed up to help Bundy defend his farm in a standoff with federal officers. And exactly what kind of people came to the defense of Bundy?

No JPII fever in Poland as canonization nears

Tue, 2014-04-22 05:30

FILE - In this April 2, 20014 file photo an unusually empty main square with a commemorative cross in downtown Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday, April 2, 20014 during observances marking nine years since the death of much-loved Polish-born Pope John Paul II. Over the years, the observances attract fewer and fewer people in an a sign that the enthusiasm that the Poles accord one of their greatest countrymen is gradually dissipating.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)WADOWICE, Poland (AP) — His death triggered a massive outpouring of grief in Poland. His beatification, an explosion of pride and jubilation. But days before John Paul II is to be declared a saint, many of his countrymen are greeting the landmark with little more than a shrug.

Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them

Tue, 2014-04-22 03:59
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.

First sign of South Korea ferry disaster was call from a frightened boy

Tue, 2014-04-22 02:46
He called the emergency 119 number which put him through to the fire service, which in turn forwarded him to the coastguard two minutes later. That was followed by about 20 other calls from children on board the ship to the emergency number, a fire service officer told Reuters.

How Chicago Became ‘Chiraq’

Tue, 2014-04-22 02:45

General view of city skyline in ChicagoThis Easter weekend, 45 people were shot in the city that’s come to be known as ‘Chiraq.’ And until Obama can get the guns off the streets of his hometown, the bloodshed won’t stop.


Mon, 2014-04-21 22:05
DEAR ABBY: I manage a group of 15 employees. A few months ago, I hired the wife of an old friend. Until now she has been a great employee, but recently she and a male co-worker have been taking lunches and breaks together in a way that leads me to believe they are flirting or have already crossed the line. Because we have a small group, I worry about how this will affect my team, who know that she's married. I also feel bad for the husband, who is a very caring and kind man. As a manager, I don't think I can say anything unless their liaison interferes with their work performance. ...

Justice Stevens: Make 6 changes to Constitution

Mon, 2014-04-21 20:12

FILE - In this May 30, 2012, file photo, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens speaks at a lecture presented by the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens began thinking about ways to prevent a repeat. The result is Stevens' new book, his second since retiring from the court at age 90, in which he calls for no fewer than six changes to the Constitution, of which two are directly related to guns. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens began thinking about ways to prevent a repeat.

How jet stowaways can survive cold, lack of oxygen

Mon, 2014-04-21 16:58

Graphic shows schematic of Boeing 767 and map of route taken by a teenage stowaway; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the subzero temperatures and lack of oxygen, people can survive even a long journey in the wheel well of a jetliner. The latest example is a teenager who, according to authorities, stowed away on a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose, Calif., to Hawaii. While the number of known stowaway attempts is few, people have survived with surprising frequency.

Lucey tops in Iowa's 'Beautiful Bulldog' event

Mon, 2014-04-21 16:27
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lucey is a slobbering 18-month-old pooch whose human family dreams of making her a therapy dog.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Grown-Out Pixie: See the Surprising New Length

Mon, 2014-04-21 15:22

Jennifer Lawrence spotted leaving the 'Good Morning America' studios in New York CityNearly six months after the chop heard round the Internet, Jennifer Lawrence is growing out her news-making pixie haircut.

United boss Moyes on verge of sack: reports

Mon, 2014-04-21 15:08

David Moyes (right) at Manchester United's Carrington training complex on October 1, 2013 with Ryan Giggs, who is predicted to take over as interim managerManchester United are going to sack manager David Moyes according to the British media who set off a new torrent of speculation surrounding the beleaguered Scotsman on Tuesday. A spokesperson from United told AFP in an email: "David Moyes has definitely not been sacked!" The Telegraph added Ryan Giggs, with Nicky Butt as his assistant, would take charge until the end of the season with the stricken Premier League champions still to play Norwich, Sunderland, Hull and Southampton this term. Giggs, the club's record appearance-holder, has served as player-coach under Moyes while Butt, himself a former United midfielder, has worked with the reserves.