With Missile Tests, North Korea Makes a Statement, Not a Threat

North Korea launched four short-range missiles Thursday. The missiles were fired into the sea off the country’s eastern coast just before 6:00 p.m. local time, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. It was the first confirmed launch in about nine months. Pyongyang has yet to comment on the incident. South called the launch “provocative”; the U.S. urged “restraint.” Despite the stern […]

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6 Proposals Denying Service to Gays You Haven’t Heard About

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer sent cheers rippling through a group of protesters gathered outside the state capitol on Wednesday evening when she vetoed a controversial bill that would have protected business owners who cited their religious views in denying service to gays. Ohio spiked a similar measure on Wednesday. Kansas lawmakers created the same kind of firestorm earlier this month when […]

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Pro-Russia Forces Storm Government Offices in Ukraine’s Crimea

Heavily armed gunmen seized a number of government office buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Thursday, and have reportedly raised a Russia flag above one of their barricades, according to the AP. The startling escalation of tensions on the restive peninsula comes nearly a week after pro-Kremlin Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, much to the chagrin of Russian President Vladmir […]

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No, Russia Will Not Intervene in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has been here before. A decade ago, when he was starting his second term as Russia’s President, a popular uprising broke out in Ukraine. It took no more than a few weeks to break the bond of centuries between the two biggest countries in Eastern Europe. The current revolution in Ukraine looks very different. Unlike the peaceful Orange […]

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Deposed Ukrainian President Yanukovych

Ukraine’s interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has issued a warrant for the arrest of the country’s former President Viktor Yanukovych on a charge of  “mass murder of peaceful civilians,” according to AP. The news agency reported earlier on Monday that the deposed leader had last been seen in “Sevastopol, a port on Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula that is the home of […]

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Mexico’s Sinaloa Drug Chief Arrested

The head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, the Associated Press has learned. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken alive overnight in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity. Guzman, 56, […]

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Ukraine Moves Closer to Civil War

By mid-morning in Kiev, the bodies of dead Ukrainians were piled up in two crooked rows at the edge of Independence Square, the protest camp known as the Maidan, which now resembles a war zone. Only the previous night, President Viktor Yanukovych had called a truce in the fighting that had taken dozens of lives earlier this week. But before […]

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The Dalai Lama Will Meet With Obama at the White House

President Barack Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama on Friday as part of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s three-week tour of the United States. The meeting will occur 10:00 a.m. Friday in the White House’s map room. “The President will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said […]

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