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Belgian wonder winger Eden Hazard has been on unstoppable form heading into Chelsea's big match against Tottenham.
Scenes of Russian troops in southern Ukraine are stirring up grim memories half a world away among Japanese islanders who were forced off their home by Soviet forces in the last days of World War II. The two sides remain at odds over the sliver of an archipelago in Russia's far east and on Japan's northern border, with the nearly 70-year-old dispute long stalling a post-war peace treaty between Tokyo and Moscow, despite warming diplomatic and economic ties. The Ukraine crisis has also created a big diplomatic headache for conservative Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he tries to reach a deal with President Vladimir Putin on the island dispute, while joining Western allies in condemning the deployment of Russian forces into the southeastern Crimea region. "When I watch the Ukraine situation on TV, I don't feel this is someone else's trouble," said the 82-year-old, who once lived on one of the four disputed islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan which Moscow calls the Kurils.
Russian energy giant Gazprom on Friday warned Ukraine it could cut off gas exports if the new authorities in Kiev did not pay a bill for debt that now stands at $1.89 billion. "Ukraine has de-facto stopped paying for gas... We cannot deliver gas for free. Either Ukraine pays the debt and pays for current supplies or the risk appears of a return to the situation at the start of 2009," said Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller, quoted by Russian news agencies. Gazprom in 2009 cut off gas to Ukraine in a move that also left much of the EU without supplies.
By Sabina Zawadzki, Mark Hosenball and Stephen Grey KIEV/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When protest leaders in Ukraine helped oust a president widely seen as corrupt, they became heroes of the barricades. Russia's president Vladimir Putin claims Ukraine has fallen into the hands of far-right fascist groups, and some Western experts have also raised concerns about the influence of extremists. Two of the groups under most scrutiny are Svoboda, whose members hold five senior roles in Ukraine's new government including the post of deputy prime minister, and Pravyi Sector (Right Sector), whose leader Dmytro Yarosh is now the country's Deputy Secretary of National Security. On Tuesday the group called for supporters to patrol Wikipedia.
American media mogul Ted Turner has been hospitalized for an undisclosed ailment in Argentina's capital. Turner Enterprises spokesman Phillip Evans in Atlanta said the CNN founder was hospitalized in South ...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish official says a journalist from the country has been released after being held captive for a month in the Middle East, likely in either Lebanon or Syria.
Samsung is unveiling a new free music service for its phones. The South Korean gadget maker says its Milk Music service includes over 200 stations and 13 million songs. The app is designed to be easy to ...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, overturning an earlier acquittal and ending his hopes of contesting a local election this month. An angry Anwar vowed to appeal to the country's highest court. He warned Prime Minister Najib Razak's government that it "faces the wrath of the people."
DETROIT (AP) — The federal government's road safety watchdog is ordering child seat maker Graco to explain why it didn't include 1.8 million infant seats in a recent recall for faulty buckles. The company says it will comply with the request.
DENVER (AP) — Authorities say recently discovered remains are likely those of a Denver woman who disappeared nearly three years ago.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has taken over the Idaho criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America.
An experimental device could protect women from HIV and herpes while also preventing pregnancy, studies in animals suggest. The device, a flexible plastic ring that is inserted into the vagina, delivers three months of both an antiretroviral drug and a contraceptive drug. "In many ways, you can think about this functioning similarly to a condom," said study co-author Patrick Kiser, a biomedical engineer at Northwestern University. "It prevents STI [sexually transmitted infection] transmission, and it would prevent unwanted pregnancy, but it's woman-controlled." [Quiz: Test Your STD Smarts]
Daisy the dog was paralyzed in her hind legs after being hit by a car last November. Since then Daisy's been cared for by a local veterinary team who hope to find her a permanent home. (March 7)
The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.7 percent in January — the state's lowest jobless figure since November 2008, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate ...
LONDON (AP) — London's top counterterrorism police officer has been removed from his post after he was implicated in a report that concluded the force spied on the family of a murdered teenager — a case that exposed police racism and incompetence.
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has approved a second taxpayer-funded lawyer to help with convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's appeal.
Its all-out war on the streets of Ivrea.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is buying more renewable energy than any other state in the nation, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups.
MOSCOW (AP) — 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!"
MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Salamanca fled Venezuela's political turmoil in January with his wife, two teenage children and $8,000.