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Russian forces cross border, seize towns, Ukraine says

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery began rolling into southeastern Ukraine in earnest yesterday, the Ukrainian government said, as well-armed detachments captured key towns, burned buildings and sent the under-equipped Ukrainian forces into full retreat – a show of military force that the United States now considers an invasion in all but name. U.S. officials began saying privately for the first time yesterday that they consider the escalation of recent … 1

Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pakistan’s powerful military returned to the political arena yesterday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who have led parallel anti-government protests, met with … 0

Chapman told parole board confusion led to Lennon’s murder

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mark David Chapman, who was denied release from a New York prison last week for the eighth time for the murder of John Lennon, told a parole board he was “confused” and “needed attention” and took it out on the musician. Chapman, 59, told a three-person panel during a video interview from Wende … 0

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption yesterday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area. Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, located deep … 0

Zeal and questions in evangelist’s crusade

Saturday, August 23, 2014

By the time the Rev. Reinhard Bonnke edges toward the stage, anticipation in the thundering arena is swelling. The crowd of thousands has been told of his decades of preaching in Africa, the tens of millions of souls … 0

Market Basket fix coming, govs say

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The governors of New Hampshire and Massachusetts said last night they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement to … 0

White House wants okay to act against Islamic State

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Obama administration is considering seeking congressional authorization for military action against the Islamic State under a revamped counterterrorism strategy President Obama announced last year. A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Sunni Muslim group across Iraq and … 2

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply yesterday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a “direct invasion,” and the … 0

States get leeway in using students’ test results to evaluate teachers

Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators. Duncan said the delay will allow states “to … 0

Hamas kills 18 suspected spies to deter leaks

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gaza militants yesterday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. … 0

Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers seek dismissal

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge yesterday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors in federal court. Tsarnaev’s … 0

Nation & world briefs, Aug. 23

Friday, August 22, 2014

Retailers warned about hacking software More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said yesterday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for … 0

Interpol seeks clues to Thai ‘baby factory’

Friday, August 22, 2014

Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the “Baby Factory” case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. The police raided a … 0