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West Bank – As Hope Withers, Palestinian President Heads To Washington

March 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM
West Bank - With pessimism growing by the day over the future of Middle East peace talks, U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on Monday to try to break the stalemate. The deadline for the negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, aimed at ending their entrenched conflict, expires next month and Washington is eager to persuade the two...

Chicago – No Mega Millions Winner In Friday Drawing; Jackpot Swells To $400 Million

March 15, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Chicago - The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million. No one matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing. The numbers were 7-20-40-54-69, with a Mega Ball of 12. Friday's $353 million prize would have been the fifth-largest jackpot in the multistate lottery game's history. The next drawing is Tuesday. The jackpot has been rolling since January 3. The...

Aboard The Uss Truxtun, Bulgaria – U.S. Destroyer To Conduct More Drills In Black Sea Amid Crimea Crisis

March 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Aboard The Uss Truxtun, Bulgaria - The USS Truxtun, a U.S. guided-missile destroyer, will carry out more exercises with allied ships in the Black Sea, its commander said on Saturday, the latest Western response to Russia's actions in Ukraine. Commander Andrew Biehn was briefing reporters aboard the 300-crew destroyer as it lay docked in the Bulgarian port of Varna. The USS Truxtun last week...

Detroit – Honda Recalling 900,000 Odyssey Minivans For Fire Risk

March 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Detroit - Honda Motor Co is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a recall notice posted on Friday. In a March 13 filing with NHTSA, Honda said 2005-2010 Odysseys built in Alabama have a fuel-pump part that could crack and cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire. The company said it has no reports...

Jerusalem – Israeli Minister: No Peace Without Recognition

March 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister says a peace agreement with the Palestinians is unreachable unless they recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland. Moshe Yaalon, told channel 2 TV Saturday, "it is impossible to make an agreement without there being recognition on the other side of our right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people." He said Palestinian President Mahmoud...

Moscow – Ukraine Crisis Triggers Russia’s Biggest Anti-Putin Protest In Two Years

March 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Moscow - Russia saw the largest opposition protest in almost two years in Moscow on Saturday, as Muscovites took to the streets in their thousands to demonstrate both for and against President Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine. Crimeans vote on Sunday on whether to reunite with Russia after pro-Russian forces took control of the peninsula, triggering the worst East-West confrontation since...

Sinai – jihadist Responsible For 2011 Terror Attack In Israel Dies In ‘Accidently’ Explosion

March 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM
Sinai - A member of a Sinai based jihadist movement who led a deadly attack in Israel in 2011 died when a car accident he was involved in exploded a bomb that he was carrying. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) announced on Friday that Tawfiq Mohamed Fareej, one of its founders died in the car accident, AFP reported. Fareej led the August 2011 crossborder attack in Israel that...

New York – Debris Cleared From New York Buildings’ Collapse; Focus On Gas Lines

March 15, 2014 at 09:54 PM
New York - New York City emergency crews have cleared the majority of debris from the site where two apartment buildings collapsed in a gas explosion and are nearing the underground area where the gas lines are located, officials said on Saturday. Eight people - five women and three men - were killed in the explosion early on Wednesday in East Harlem, while dozens more were injured. The...

Washington – National Security Team Brief Obama On Ukraine Ahead Of Crimea Referendum

March 15, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after a last-ditch bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Cold War-style standoff with Russia floundered. Secretary of State John Kerry, who just returned from talks with his Russian counterpart in London, was at the White House meeting along with Defense...

Ukraine – Crimea Prepares For Referendum Under Heavy Military Presence

March 15, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Ukraine - Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West. Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that declared the referendum invalid, as Ukraine's defence ministry said it scrambled aircraft and...

Kiev – Ukraine Says Russian Troops Enter Ukrainian Mainland

March 15, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Ukraine - Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials said. The action in Strilkove appeared to be the first move outside Crimea, where Russian forces have been in effective control since late last month...

Malaysia – Prime Minister: Lost Jet Was Deliberately Diverted, Flew 6 More Hours

March 15, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Malaysia - Someone deliberately diverted Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and shut down communications with the ground, and the jetliner continued flying for six hours, Malaysia's prime minister said Saturday. The announcement shifted the focus of the investigation to the crew and passengers on the plane, which has now been missing for more than a week. Prime Minister Najib Razak's statement also...

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