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    Armley, Leeds: Explosions and Fire Reported on Monday Morning (+Photos, Video)

    A large fire and a series of explosions was reported at the Albion Way industrial estate in Armley, Leeds early Monday. “I’m in Holbeck but... Read more

  • A man holds a Russian national flag as he and the others listen to a pro-Russian activist at barricades in front of a regional administration building that was seized by pro-Russian activists earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Lawmakers Call for Tighter Sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking... Read more

  • A helicopter and an ambulance are seen at the Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland, on Sunday April 20, 2014. A small passenger plane carrying parachuters fell to the ground near the airfield on Sunday afternoon. The police say that there are more than three victims. Three people out of 11 on the plane were rescued. (AP Photo/Mika Kanerva, Lehtikuva)     FINLAND OUT

    8 Killed in Finland Parachutist Plane Accident

    HELSINKI—Finnish officials say eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire. Det. Supt. Petri Kangas said three... Read more

  • Large Wildfire in Dutch National Park

    EDE, Netherlands—A large wildfire has destroyed at least 350 hectares (860 acres) in the Netherlands’ Hoge Veluwe National Park, in one of the largest fires... Read more

  • Masked pro-Russia insurgents show a detained man, who reportedly is a member of the Right Sector, a nationalist Ukrainian group, when people gathered at barricades in front of a regional administration building that was seized by pro-Russian activists earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Pro-Russian activists brought to the stage a man who was accused of being a member of the radical organization Right sector. They also spoke about what he had found weapons and ammunition.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)

    Ukraine, Russia Trade Blame for Eastern Shootout

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine—Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming... Read more

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    Ukraine PM Fears New Soviet Union

    In the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk pro-Russian separatists are proclaiming a regional republic. They’re here in support of fellow separatists refusing to leave public buildings... Read more

  • A pro-Russian gunman controls a road after a night fight at the check point which is under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near  Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. At least one person was dead. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Shootout in Eastern Ukraine Leaves 1 Dead

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine — A shootout took place Sunday at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, which the insurgents and the Ukrainian police... Read more

  • Love locks are fixed on the Pont des Arts in Paris, Wednesday April 16, 2014. A recent fad among travellers of hitching padlocks on bridges and at tourist attractions worldwide to symbolically immortalize their amorous attraction has swept up this reputed City of Love more than most. Now, two American-born women who live in Paris say they've had enough, launching a petition drive to try to get mostly laissez-faire city officials to step in and do something about what they call an unbearable eyesore in a majestic municipality. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Aesthetics-minded Americans Decry Paris Love Locks

    PARIS— Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre... Read more

  • In this photo made from video, two of the four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer, Didier Francois, foreground, and Edouard Elias, right, leave a local hospital after a medical check,  in Akcakale, Turkey, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer were found blindfolded and cuffed in Turkey's southeast Sanliurfa province late Friday, according to a private Turkish news agency. Dogan News Agency (DHA) said Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were found by Turkish soldiers on routine patrol after the journalists were dropped off near the Turkey-Syria border by an unknown group. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUT TV OUT

    4 French Journalists Home After Long Syrian Ordeal

    PARIS— Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how... Read more

  • Pope Francis incenses the faithful as he arrives to celebrate an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope Francis, Huge Crowd Joyously Celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis is celebrating Christianity’s most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter’s Square. Even before Mass began, a crowd... Read more

  • Police officers secure the area close to where a prominent dissident republican was shot dead in west Belfast, Northern Ireland, Friday, April, 18, 2014. A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner has been shot to death in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill him. Nearby residents say gunmen escorted the victim, 43-year-old Tommy Crossan, to a fuel depot overlooked by houses and shot him in the head and body at close range. No group claimed responsibility. Police and politicians blamed Crossan’s former group, the Continuity IRA, for following through on 2011 death threats against him. The Continuity IRA accused him of keeping money from robberies and providing information on colleagues to British intelligence agents. Crossan denied this and refused to flee his native Catholic west Belfast. The major IRA faction, the Provisionals, renounced violence in 2005 but other militant groups remain active. Their last killing was in October. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Man Arrested Over Murder of Ex-IRA Leader

    DUBLIN—Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner. Police said Saturday the 26-year-old... Read more

  • Masked pro-Russian activists play with a  ball as they guard a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    At Barricades, Ukraine Insurgents Await Easter

    DONETSK, Ukraine—Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite... Read more

  • A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukraine Crisis: Turning Points

    MOSCOW—An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties... Read more

  • A boy rides a bicycle past a building with Russian and Ukrainian national flags and words reading "Ukraine had sold herself for dollars Russia"  in Uspenka village, 4 kilometers (2.8 miles) to the Ukrainian-Russian border, Donbas region, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Russia Promises Support to Ending Ukraine Crisis

    MOSCOW— Russia’s foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for... Read more

  • Greek Orthodox Christian worshipers attend a Good Friday service at the church of Ayios Georgios Exorinos in Famagusta, in Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north on Friday, April 18, 2014. It’s the first time in nearly 60 years that such a service during Christianity’s holiest week is being held at this 14th century church. Although the island’s conflict has never been about religion, the service is seen as an example of how faith can help mend the island’s ethnic division. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

    Religion Builds Bridges in Ethnically Split Cyprus

    FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus—An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus’ breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together... Read more

  • European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger waits for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to arrive at the European External Action Service headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday April 2, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and leading EU officials to discuss the dependency of the 28-nation bloc on Russian energy provisions and seek ways for a better diversification of oil and gas imports in the wake of the Crimean crisis. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    EU Official Against Cutting Russia Gas Ties

    BERLIN— A senior European Union official says he opposes cutting back gas ties with Russia in the next few years but the bloc should work... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

    Putin: No Blocks to Boosting Relations With West

    MOSCOW— Russian President Vladimir Putin says he sees no obstacles to improving relations with the West, which are fraught with tension over the Ukraine crisis... Read more

  • In this Wednesday April 16, 2014 photo,  Charlotte van den Berg poses for a portrait outside the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps. Van den Berg waged a lonely fight against Amsterdam’s modern bureaucracy to have the travesty publicly recognized. Now, largely due to her efforts, Amsterdam officials are considering compensating Holocaust survivors for the taxes and possibly other obligations, including gas bills, they were forced to pay for homes that were occupied by Nazis or collaborators while the rightful owners were in hiding or awaiting death in the camps.  (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Student Fought Bureaucrats for Holocaust Justice

    AMSTERDAM—Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find:... Read more

  • A pro-Russian protester holds icons as he stands outside a city hall bearing flags representing the Donetsk Republic in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, April 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Pro-Russian Insurgents Refuse to Leave Buildings, Unless Ukraine Govt Resigns

    DONETSK, Ukraine— Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian... Read more

  • People hold placard portraying Russian President Vladimir Putin as Adolf Hitler and reading 'Adolf Putin - Stop the Russian aggressor - Hands off Ukraine' during a rally on Independence Square in Kiev on March 23, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin's troops are poised to attack Ukraine at any time, Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy warned today. 'The aim of Putin is not Crimea, but all of Ukraine... His troops massed at the border are ready to attack at any moment,' Parubiy told thousands of demonstrators gathered in central Kiev. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ukraine Isn’t the Czech Crisis of 1938, but There Are Lessons to Learn from History

    Since the very beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, many Western commentators have drawn comparisons between the present situation and pre-WWII Europe, as well as between... Read more


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