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  • Analysis - Ukraine draws Obama into Putin's long game

    February 26, 2014 9:02 PM 29

    (Reuters) - Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovich was ousted as Ukraine's leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000 troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine's border. The fall of Yanukovich - and Putin's potential response to it - has reignited a debate in Washington on how to respond to the assertive Russian leader. For Obama administration

  • Ukrainians say Putin military drill a message to them

    February 26, 2014 8:06 PM 18

    Reports of the order do not include any reference to tensions in neighboring Ukraine. KIEV, Ukrainian - Ukrainians did not appear overly worried Wednesday about an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russian troops to undergo combat readiness drills in areas near the Ukraine border. Putin backed a Ukraine regime that was thrown out after weeks

  • Putin orders military tests amid Ukraine tensions

    February 26, 2014 1:00 PM 14

    MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered massive exercises involving most of its military units in western Russia amid tensions in Ukraine. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement made at a meeting of top military brass in Moscow that the exercise is intended to "checks the troops' readiness for action in crisis

  • Investigative team put papers from Yanukovych estate online

    February 26, 2014 11:36 AM 13

    Journalists and volunteers have begun pouring over documents left behind at the former Ukrainian president’s residence. Papers were found in the artificial lake at the home of Viktor Yanukovych in Mezhyhirya. Others were found partially burnt. So far the journalists have uncovered evidence of millions spent on construction, furniture and even animals

  • Missing Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has been smuggled out of the country by the CIA, claims Russian government

    February 26, 2014 9:52 AM 19

    Russia today claimed that the CIA could be behind the disappearance of toppled Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The official newspaper of Vladimir Putin's government alleged that American intelligence may have secretly flown the disgraced tyrant - now accused of mass murder - to a new life after giving him personal guarantees if he left the political

  • Ukraine is not caught in East-West battle, says US

    February 26, 2014 6:58 AM 19

    26 February 2014 Last updated at 05:52 GMT US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Ukraine is not caught in a battle between East and West. Mr Kerry said it was not a zero-sum game and called for all nations to work together to bring stability to Ukraine. The new administration in Kiev is facing continuing opposition from Ukraine's Russian-speaking

  • One Direction hater sentenced in bomb threat

    February 25, 2014 10:44 PM 31

    Angry because he couldn't buy tickets for a sold-out concert, a New Jersey man phoned in a bomb threat to Hersheypark Stadium hoping to disrupt the show. He wasn't successful. The show went on, he was nabbed, and today he was sentenced to eight months in federal prison. “If One Direction plays tomorrow, the stadium will blow up,” was the threat phoned

  • Asiana Airlines fined $500K for failing to help families after crash

    February 25, 2014 7:49 PM 18

    WASHINGTON — Asiana Airlines has been fined $500,000 for failing to assist family members of passengers on a flight that crashed last year at San Francisco airport, the Transportation Department announced Tuesday. The airline based in South Korea violated federal law in the July 6 crash in San Francisco that killed three people and injured more than 100 others

  • UN: Syrians to be world’s biggest refugee group

    February 25, 2014 7:16 PM 17

    At a General Assembly meeting, the European Union warned that “deliberate denial of humanitarian aid is a war crime,” and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay demanded that the Syria situation be referred to the International Criminal Court.

  • Afghan suicide bomb 'kills nine' in Uruzgan province

    February 25, 2014 4:45 PM 20

    A suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan has killed nine people, officials say. At least 37 people were injured in the blast, they say. All the casualties are believed to be Afghan nationals. The police chief of Uruzgan province told the BBC that the explosion took place early on Tuesday evening at the popular hotel