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  • 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

  • Francois Hollande's political adviser Aquilino Morelle smiles as he walks to a meeting of the Socialist group at the National Assembly in Paris. The French president’s top adviser has resigned following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to already unpopular Francois Hollande. Aquilino Morelle - Hollande’s political adviser and head of communication staff - announced his resignation Friday, an official in president’s office said. Morelle has denied allegations by news website Mediapart of a conflict of interest while he worked for the government pharmaceutical regulator in 2007, while also lobbying for the drug industry. The report also criticized Morelle’s supposed lavish lifestyle at a time when the government is making harsh cuts in public spending. Hollande’s approval rating has recently hit a new low of 18 percent despite a cabinet reshuffle three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    French President Hollande’s Top Aide Resigns, Conflict of Interest

    PARIS—The French president’s top adviser has resigned following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blow to the already unpopular Francois Hollande... Read more

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media after attending a quadrilateral meeting between representatives of the US, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Geneva. Top diplomats from the US, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    Ukraine and Russia Reach Deal to Ease Tensions – For Now

    GENEVA— In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more... Read more

  • A masked pro-Russian activist guards a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday , April 15, 2014.   Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Donetsk: Jews Ordered to Register in East Ukraine or Get Deported, Conflicting Reports Say

    Reports are saying that Jews have been ordered to register in Donetsk, located in eastern Ukraine, or they’ll face deportation. However, there are conflicting reports... Read more

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    Strange Black Ring in the Sky Captured on Video in England; Some Type of UFO? (+Video)

    A mysterious black ring in the sky appeared in England and floated around for about three minutes. Local teens witnessed the ring and one, 16-year-old... Read more

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    Amanda Todd Death: Dutch Man Arrested for Allegedly Extorting British Columbia Teen

    A 35-year-old man whose name has not been publicly released has been arrested in connection to the suicide of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl from... Read more

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    Poveglia Island in Italy, ‘World’s Most Haunted,’ Up for Sale

    ROME (AP) — Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016. Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan wrote to the European Commission... Read more

  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is surrounded by his security members outside his office in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Turkey Approves Controversial Bill Increasing Spy Agency Powers

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey’s parliament has approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country’s spy agency. It’s the latest in a string of... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    Text of Diplomats’ Joint Statement on Ukraine

    GENEVA— Here is the joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and European Union after seven hours of talks Thursday... Read more

  • Armed men wearing military fatigues gather by armored personnel carriers (APCs) as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16, 2014. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ukraine Government Moves to Take Back Seized Buildings

    Russian Affairs specialist Nicolai Petro reports that Ukrainian officials are using this first military move as political tool to garner more public support, as groups... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the United States, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    Diplomats Reach Agreement to Ease Ukraine Crisis

    GENEVA—Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement,... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 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/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    Diplomats Try to Agree on Joint Statement on Ukraine

    GENEVA—High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European... Read more

  • Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, left, speaks with Great Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, during the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) meeting, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Italy Argues Against EU’s Balanced Budget Goal

    ROME— Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016. Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan wrote to the European Commission this week,... Read more

  • Soldiers of the Ukrainian Army sit atop combat vehicles as they are blocked by people on their way to the town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    Three Protesters Killed in Attack on Ukrainian National Guard Base (+video)

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine—The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 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/Jim Bourg, Pool)

    Ukraine, US Work to Reduce Tensions With Russia

    GENEVA— 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... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as “nonsense,” but voiced hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    Putin Admits Troops in Crimea Were Russian but Denies Same for Troops in East Ukraine

    MOSCOW—Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that... Read more

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    Who is Banksy? Was Elusive Artist Finally Captured on Camera?

    People around the world have been wondering for quite a while–who is Banksy, the elusive artist who is believed to have put graffiti on walls... Read more

  • A pro-Russian gunman clears the way for a combat vehicle with gunmen on top in Slovyansk Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    NATO Increases Military Presence as Pro-Russian Gunmen Seize Weapons, Vehicles in Eastern Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces,... Read more

  • A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Insurgents Seize Ukraine Armored Vehicles, Raise Russian Flag

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of... Read more

  • An Orthodox priest talks with soldiers of the Ukrainian Army as they are blocked by people on their way to the town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The central government has so far been unable to rein in the insurgents, who it says are being stirred up by paid operatives from Russia and have seized numerous government facilities in at least nine eastern cities to press their demands for broader autonomy and closer ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    World War 3? Pro-Russian Insurgents Seize Armored Vehicles and Buildings in Eastern Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing... Read more


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