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EU gives Russia one-week sanctions ultimatum

BRUSSELS  ― European Union leaders on Sunday gave Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of “full-scale war” with Moscow.Fea...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:33

[Newsmaker] Putin eyes pro-Russian statelet in Ukraine

MOSCOW ― Russian strongman Vladimir Putin first used “Novorossiya” ― the loaded Tsarist-era name for what is now southern and eastern Ukraine ― just after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, s...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:29

Islamabad reaches out to protesters

ISLAMABAD (AFP) ― Pakistan’s government said Sunday it was trying to reopen talks with opposition groups after bloody overnight clashes between police and protesters outside the prime minister’s re...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:20

Air strikes, aid provide relief for Iraqi town

WASHINGTON (AP) ― Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. air strikes supported the hu...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:19

China insists on right to choose candidates for H.K. leader

BEIJING (AFP) ― China’s top legislative committee insisted Sunday on the authorities’ right to choose candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong, state media said, a move likely to trigger protests in the former British colony.The National People’s Congress Standing Committee decided t...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:19

Lesotho P.M. flees military ‘coup’ for South Africa

MASERU (AFP) ― Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane on Saturday said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux.Shortly after 3 a.m. the army seized control of key police facilities in the capi...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:18

Polish P.M., Italian minister get EU jobs

BRUSSELS (AFP) ― European leaders Saturday named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a se...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:17

Iran says U.S. sanctions have deepened mistrust

TEHRAN (AFP) ― Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday condemned a new round of American sanctions linked to his country’s nuclear activities, saying mistrust had been “further deepened” by the fresh measures.His remarks followed the U.S. government’s announcement of a slew of pe...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:17

DNA shows Arctic group’s isolation lasted 4,000 years

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― A long-gone group of ancient people known as Paleo-Eskimos lived in isolation in the North American Arctic for more than 4,000 years, said a study on Thursday. They trekked from Si...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:48

California quake hastens calls for warning system

NAPA, California (AP) ― The earthquake that jolted California’s wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state’s effort to develop an ea...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:48

Angelina Jolie calls for new bid to end Syria war

GENEVA (AFP) ― The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie called Friday for a new bid to bring peace to Syria which she said was destabilizing the whole region and bringing misery to millions.In an emotion...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:37

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

YANGON (AP) ― Myanmar’s first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.May Myat Noe’s ...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:37

Ice Bucket Challenge passes $100m mark

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― The Ice Bucket Challenge viral craze has raised more than $100 million after sweeping the globe since its launch last month, organizers said Friday.The phenomenally popular stunt ― which sees participants being doused in a bucket of ice-cold water before challenging ot...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:37

Dam-hit Sri Lankans to get their own ‘Bridge on River Kwai’

KITULGALA, Sri Lanka (AFP) ― Its detonation is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history. Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka plan to rebuild the “Bridge o...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:36

Uighur entrepreneur confronts prejudice in China

BEIJING (AFP) ― Ambitious and apolitical, self-described “good Uighur” entrepreneur Abdulhabir Muhammad initially conceals his proud ethnic identity from his Chinese clients.“After I solve everyth...

Updated : 2014.08.31 20:36