posted: 03/07/2014 11:10 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russia rallied support Friday for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine, with a leader of Russia's parliament assuring her Crimean counterpart that the region would be welcomed as "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation." Across Red Square, 65,000 people waved Russian flags, chanting "Crimea is Russia!"
posted: 03/07/2014 9:34 a.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius told a concerned security guard on the phone that everything was "fine" after neighbors reported gunshots coming from the athlete's house the night he shot dead his girlfriend, according to testimony in the South African murder trial Friday.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:34 a.m.
As the pro-Russian authorities in Crimea pressed ahead Thursday with measures to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama said their plans for a referendum would “violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law.”
posted: 03/07/2014 3:30 a.m.
The United States escalated its response to Russia’s military and economic threats to Ukraine, announcing Thursday that it had imposed visa bans on officials and others deemed responsible for actions that have undermined Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:13 a.m.
An early-morning NATO airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers Thursday, defense ministry officials said. The coalition said the deaths were an accident and expressed its condolences.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:11 a.m.
Bombings targeting shoppers across central Iraq and clashes near the militant-held city of Fallujah killed at least 42 people Thursday, authorities said.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:10 a.m.
Dozens of Muslim students from the disputed Indian territory of Kashmir were expelled from their university and briefly threatened with sedition charges because they cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match against arch-rival India, police said Thursday, while the Indian state’s elected leader called for leniency.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:05 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re already Russian.” Natasha Malachuk, a protester in Crimea who cheered the authorities in the region as they pressed ahead with measures to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia
posted: 03/07/2014 3:03 a.m.
The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate, praying “to Buddha and all” and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity’s actions.
posted: 03/07/2014 3:01 a.m.
TRIPOLI, Libya — One of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, al-Saadi, was extradited Thursday to Libya from Niger, where he had taken refuge as his father’s regime crumbled in 2011, giving rise to cheers from Libyans as the government prepares to prosecute him for his purported role in trying to suppress the uprising against Gadhafi’s rule.
posted: 03/07/2014 3 a.m.
UNITED NATIONS — Central African Republic’s foreign minister told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that a peacekeeping mission is urgently needed in his country to bolster French and African troops struggling to contain sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians.
posted: 03/07/2014 3 a.m.
CAIRO — More than 40 women on their way to Gaza as part of a delegation for World Women’s Day were staging a sit-in in Cairo International Airport after being refused entry into Egypt since Tuesday, airport officials and activists said Thursday.
posted: 03/06/2014 9:02 a.m.
TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's president on Thursday lifted the state of emergency that has been in place since the outbreak of a popular revolution three years ago, and a top military chief said soldiers stationed in some of the country's most sensitive areas will return to their barracks.
posted: 03/06/2014 8:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
posted: 03/06/2014 8:40 a.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa — As the girlfriend he shot lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.