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  • Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying

    February 24, 2014 5:26 PM 35

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia. At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million cable project was central to "guarantee the neutrality"

  • Russian PM questions legitimacy of new Ukrainian authorities

    February 24, 2014 12:52 PM 12

    Dmitry Medvedev said Monday, according to Russian news agencies, that the new authorities have come to power as a result of "armed mutiny," so their legitimacy is causing "big doubts." He said that Russia doesn't know with whom to communicate in Ukraine, and criticized the West for recognizing the new authorities following the ouster of President Viktor

  • Moscow court jails seven anti-Putin Bolotnaya activists

    February 24, 2014 11:35 AM 17

    A court in Russia has sentenced eight protesters for rioting and attacking police at a demonstration against Vladimir Putin's inauguration for a third presidential term in 2012. Seven of the "Bolotnaya" activists received prison terms of up to four years. An eighth, the only woman on trial, received a suspended sentence. Outside the court in Moscow

  • Moscow court sends 7 to prison for protest rally

    February 24, 2014 10:43 AM 14

    (Alexander Zemlianichenko/ Associated Press ) - A defendant stands behind bars in a cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where hearings started against opposition activists detained on May 6, 2012 during a rally at Bolotnaya Square. A Moscow judge on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, convicted eight anti-government protesters of rioting

  • Venezuela Is Divided Even on Its Death Toll

    February 24, 2014 3:53 AM 30

    SAN CRISTÓBAL, Venezuela — At least 11 people have died in more than two weeks of antigovernment protests, according to government and news media reports, and there are no signs of anything calming down. But even the death toll was a cause for argument on Sunday in this bitterly divided country, as officials disagreed over whether the latest death was related

  • Ukraine: Interim leader Turchynov stresses "European choice"

    February 24, 2014 12:28 AM 13

    Ukraine's new interim President Oleksandr Turchynov has said the country will focus on closer integration with the EU. Mr Turchynov was appointed following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych by MPs on Saturday. Mr Yanukovych's rejection of an EU-Ukraine trade pact triggered the protests that toppled him. The interim president also said he was "ready

  • Missouri Runs Out of Lethal Injection Drugs and Spelling Bee Words

    February 23, 2014 11:16 PM 7

    As we noted earlier, the execution of Michael Taylor—set for February 26—may be postponed after a pharmacy in Oklahoma agreed not to sell the Missouri officials the lethal execution drug pentobarbital after Taylor's lawyers filed a lawsuit. Taylor was convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1989. States have been scrambling in recent

  • Ukrainians gawp as Yanukovich's luxury estate is opened to public

    February 23, 2014 2:01 PM 15

    NOVI PETRIVTSI, Ukraine (Reuters) - A sprawling forested estate of graceful waterways and summer houses - half the size of Monaco but just one hour's drive from Kiev - stands as a symbol of the folly of Ukraine's fugitive president. Even the most cynical Ukrainians, who on Saturday streamed to see Viktor Yanukovich's luxury estate, rubbed their eyes in disbelief

  • U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel: report

    February 23, 2014 1:05 PM 17

    BERLIN (Reuters) - The National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday. Revelations last year about mass U.S. surveillance in Germany, in particular of Merkel's mobile phone

  • Ukraine crisis: 'Protesters should stay in square'

    February 23, 2014 11:15 AM 11

    23 February 2014 Last updated at 09:58 GMT Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko has said it is right that protesters keep up their presence in the streets, saying Saturday's events were "just a step". Speaking to the BBC's Steve Rosenberg, he said he thought they should not clear until "we start to reform," saying the country still had to "make many steps