Moscow pledges to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity after Russian flag raised in Crimea

After armed men seized the Crimea parliament building and raised the Russian flag, the US says Russia has pledged to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Kyiv’s new government has approached the IMF for help. Russia has denied that Moscow had any hand in the takeover of the local parliament building in Simferopol, the Crimean regional capital on Thursday. Gunmen with rocket-propelled grenades and sniper rifles erected a sign reading “Crimea is Russia” and raised the Russian […]

Ukraine’s New Interim Government

The new interim government of Ukraine was presented to the main protest camp in Kiev, one week after the deposition of its president Viktor Yanukovich. Ukraine’s protest leaders on Wednesday (February 26) named ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Yanukovich, as Russia put troops on high alert in a show of strength. In Kiev, leaders of the popular protests that toppled Yanukovich named former economy minister Arseny Yatseniuk as their choice to head a […]

Killer of Missouri schoolgirl executed after appeals dismissed

(Reuters) – A Missouri man was executed early on Wednesday for raping and murdering a 15 year-old school girl, authorities said after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a flurry of petitions seeking a stay. Michael Taylor died by lethal injection 25 years after he and an accomplice abducted Ann Harrison while she was waiting for a school bus. The two men then raped her and then stuffed her in the trunk of a car where they […]

Turkish President Gul signs controversial judiciary bill

Turkey’s President  Gul, Abdullah has signed a controversial bill boosting the government’s control over the judiciary. The move follows a parliament decision to approve restrictions to the Internet. The new law, signed by Turkey’s President Gul on Wednesday, will give the justice ministry greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), an independent body responsible for appointing members of the judiciary. Opposition parties claim the reform is a bid by the government to […]

Alarm in Ukraine as Putin puts Russian troops on alert

(Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin put Russian combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine on Wednesday, the Kremlin’s most powerful gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president in Kiev. Thousands of ethnic Russians, who form the majority in Ukraine’s Crimea region, demonstrated for independence for the peninsula that hosts part of Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet. They scuffled with rival demonstrators, mainly from the […]

China Blames Philippines For Latest South China Sea Incident

(Reuters) — China said on Wednesday (February 26) that the Philippines was to blame for an incident in disputed waters in the South China Sea in which Manila said Chinese ships used a water cannon on Filipino fishermen. The Philippines on Tuesday (February 25) lodged a protest with China over the matter, saying the Chinese were trying to prevent the fishermen from fishing in Philippine waters around Scarborough Shoal. China’s Foreign Ministry, which has already rejected the complaint, said its boats had every right to respond to […]

Couple in California stumbles upon $10 million “buried treasure” while walking their dog

(Reuters) — A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday (February 25). The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple’s land last […]

Islamist group kills 59 pupils in Nigeria

(Reuters) — Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils in a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight, a hospital official and security forces said on Tuesday. “Some of the students’ bodies were burned to ashes,” Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said of the attack on the Federal Government college of Buni Yadi, a secondary school in Yobe state, near the state’s capital city of Damaturu. Bala Ajiya, an official at the Specialist Hospital Damaturu, told Reuters by phone […]

Half Filipina Ann Makosinski Invented Flashlight That Is Powered Solely From Hand Heat

Ann Makosinski was just another teenager with another science project when she joined her local science fair in Victoria, Canada, last year. Her invention, a flashlight that is powered solely from hand heat, took second place at the competition. Ann, 16, and her parents, both of whom are HAM radio operators and like to fiddle with electronics, were satisfied with that result. “It’s a very simple project,” said Arthur Makosinski, Ann’s father. “It has four […]

Russia and West seek to soothe Ukraine tension

Russian and Western diplomats have signaled a desire for calm as the dust settles from the fall of ex-President Viktor Yanukoych’s government. Efforts are also underway to help the country stave off imminent bankruptcy. As Ukraine’s interim government sought to grapple with the threat of economic collapse on Tuesday, weeks of disagreement between major powers gave way to a more conciliatory tone. EU and US diplomats visited the country, while Russia appeared to soften its […]

Pakistan launches new strikes near Afghan border; warns militants

By Jibran Ahmed and David Brunnstrom PESHAWAR, Pakistan/WASHINGTON Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:16pm EST (Reuters) – The Pakistani military launched new air strikes targeting militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people, and a senior government official warned of a big offensive unless the Taliban showed they were serious about negotiations. Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the region since the government’s efforts to engage Taliban […]

Ukraine wants fugitive president to face Hague court

By Timothy Heritage and Natalia Zinets KIEV Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:35pm EST (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament voted on Tuesday to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovich to the International Criminal Court, while his acting successor expressed concern about “signs of separatism” in Russian-speaking Crimea. A resolution, overwhelmingly supported by parliament, linked Yanukovich, who was ousted by the legislature on Saturday and is now on the run, to police violence against protesters which it said had […]