NEWS OF THE DAYSarah Palin offered unsolicited advice Saturday to president Barack Obama on containing Russian aggression, saying “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.” The Republican former vice presidential candidate used a predominantly crass tone throughout her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But she hit home by attacking what she called a feckless Obama foreign policy that she said has helped embolden Russian president Vladimir Putin.
KIEV: Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Crimea with clubs and whips on Sunday as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state. Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede “an inch” of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula. “This is our land,” Yatsenyuk told a crowd of several thousand in the capital that was also attended by Russian former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia and is a... more ›
TEHRAN: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran’s nuclear programme cannot be guaranteed, during a landmark visit that underscores a thaw in Tehran’s ties with the West. Ashton is in Tehran on an official visit that comes after Iran signed a preliminary deal in November with world powers under which it agreed to curb its disputed nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. The breakthrough was made possible after last year’s election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, viewed as a relative moderate who has the ear of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.... more ›
HILLA: A suicide bomber killed 34 people, including two state television employees, at a checkpoint near Baghdad Sunday, after Iraq’s premier accused Riyadh and Doha of fuelling bloodshed in the country. Iraq has been hit by a year-long surge in violence that has reached levels not seen since 2008, driven principally by widespread discontent among its Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Analysts and diplomats have urged Iraq’s Shiite-led authorities to reach out to disaffected Sunnis but with elections due next month, political leaders have not wanted to be seen to compromise and... more ›
Washington: The US has warned Russia that any moves to annex Crimea would close the door to diplomacy. US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Crimea is part of Ukraine and Moscow should avoid military escalation. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has been discussing the deepening crisis with world leaders. It comes as warning shots were fired as a team of international observers was turned back from entering Crimea. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said that no-one was hurt in the incident at Armyansk. Moscow has been tightening its military grip on the Crimean peninsula, and the pro-Russian authorities there have called... more ›
New York: A 71-year-old woman in the US was badly hurt after she was attacked by a massive swarm of 80,000 ‘killer’ bees which stung her more than 1,000 times. The African bees also turned on five firemen who came to the woman’s rescue, as well as a group of concerned neighbours who were witnessing the scene. The unidentified woman, who was visiting a friend in Palm Desert, California, was stung 1,000 times on Thursday, a fire official said. She was completely covered with the hybrid insects, ‘ABC News’ reported. The woman was taken in critical condition to a hospital and is expected to survive. The beekeeper who removed the hive... more ›
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