Pro-Russian Forces Seize Ukrainian Naval Base

Hundreds of pro-Russia forces in Sevastopol, Crimea, the southern Ukrainian region claimed by President Vladimir Putin in a lengthy speech yesterday, swarmed into a square across from the Ukrainian Navy’s headquarters and raised the Russian tricolor Hundreds of Crimean forces stormed a Ukrainian naval base in the port of Sevastopol on Wednesday, one day after the fatal shooting of a […]

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U.N. Report Accuses Syrian Jihadists of Mass Executions

The report claims that both the rebels and government forces have been deliberately targeting civilians Jihadist rebels in Syria committed mass executions of civilians, according to a new U.N. report released Tuesday. The U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry report was brought out just before a debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, reports the BBC. It accused […]

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U.S. Hits Putin Aides and Crimea Officials with New Sanctions

President Obama has announced a series of economic sanctions are being placed against senior Russian and Crimean officials in response to the referendum approved yesterday by voters in Ukraine’s southern pro-Russia region to secede. Among those targeted are two aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin The United States government is placing economic sanctions on several senior Russian officials a day […]

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Crimea Votes to Leave Ukraine for Russia

Voters in the autonomous and recently contested Crimea region of Ukraine overwhelmingly voted to secede from Kiev’s government to join Russia despite strong condemnation of the referendum process on the part of the U.S. and Europe Voters in the Crimea region of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to secede from their country and join Russia, in a major victory for […]

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FDIC Sues 16 Big Banks That Set Key Rate

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has sued 16 big banks that set a key global interest rate, accusing them of fraud and conspiring to keep the rate low to enrich themselves. The banks, which include Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase in the U.S., are among the world’s largest. The FDIC says it is seeking to recover losses suffered […]

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Indian Diplomat Re-Indicted in U.S. Visa Fraud Case

An Indian diplomat has been re-indicted on U.S. visa fraud charges that touched off an international stir after she was arrested and strip-searched in New York last year. The new indictment was filed Friday. It essentially reinstates the charges against Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN’-ee KOH’-bruh-gah-day). On Wednesday, a judge dismissed the previous indictment for diplomatic immunity reasons but left a door […]

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Obama Says Crimea Crisis Can’t Be Resolved ‘With a Gun Pointed’ at Ukraine

In a joint appearance with the new Ukrainian leader, President Obama urged Russia to accept a diplomatic resolution to the standoff over Crimea President Barack Obama joined the new leader of Ukraine on Wednesday in emphasizing that the United States stands with the country in its simmering conflict with Russia, and that a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Crimea […]

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Americans Spend $56 Billion on Pets

An industry spokesman says Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in 2013 and will creep close to spending $60 billion this year. Bob Vetere (vah-TEER’-ee) of the American Pet Products Association told buyers and exhibitors at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., Thursday that food accounted for $21.6 billion of the spending. In 1996, […]

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Don’t Worry, Ukraine Won’t Go Nuclear

Ukraine once had a massive nuclear arsenal. But despite calls in Kiev to develop a nuclear deterrent against Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the idea is far-fetched. Building a bomb would be incredibly difficult and contradicts the country’s long nonproliferation record As Russia helps itself to Crimea, some Ukrainians are wishing they had a nuclear deterrent against Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions. Ukraine […]

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