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Bachelet takes power in Chile, vows to fight inequality

VALPARAISO/SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Michelle Bachelet took over the presidency of Chile in a ceremony loaded with symbolism on Tuesday, promising to stick to her tax-and-spend campaign pledges to fight social inequality despite a sharp economic slowdown.<p>Chile's new president Michelle Bachelet waves to …

4 Things the Movie 'NO' Left Out About Real-Life Chile

Pablo Larraín's recent film borrowed from the actual effort to depose Pinochet, but reality was far messier than a catchy ad campaign.<p>It's been quite the year for historical half-truths in movies: First <i>Argo</i> inflamed debate about the actual Iranian hostage crisis. Then, <i>Zero Dark Thirty</i> was accused …

Bachelet's quick Chile quake response helps her reform campaign

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s efficient response to this week’s earthquake is a far cry from her handling of a massive quake that hit four years ago, a turnaround that analysts and citizens say has put her and her reform drive in a stronger political position.<p>Chile's …

Natural Disasters

How Finding Debris Could Quickly Solve Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight

After a long search, answers could come quickly. Here's how.<p>As a 12-nation hunt for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane spread out Saturday across the Indian Ocean and reached over land toward Kazakhstan in Central Asia, some experts raised the incredible possibility that a 250-ton Boeing 777 might …

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR: 3 Years, 146,000 Dead, And No End In Sight

On March 15, 2011, just weeks after popular uprisings toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, protests erupted in Syria's southern city of Daraa after teenagers were arrested over anti-regime graffiti.<p>"The people want the fall of the regime," the youths wrote on walls, echoing similar sentiments …

Middle East

Syria conflict anniversary: My friends stayed in Syria, now most of them are dead

Julia*, 14, tells her story of how she left everything behind to escape the daily bombing of her village near Damascus<p>I was born in Damascus and grew up in a village in the countryside nearby. I miss the square there, as I liked the shops and people selling things. I went to school in Damascus and …

Cairo army police die in checkpoint attack

Six military police officers have been killed in an attack on a checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo, Egyptian state media has reported.<p>Major General Mahmoud Yousri, the chief of security of Qalubiya province, told the state news agency MENA that the attackers stormed the checkpoint early on …

Hillary Clinton right about Putin and Hitler

Standing ovation for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump voter fraud commission member says its claims were …

Hillary Clinton

NATO aircraft to monitor Ukraine crisis

NATO has said it will start reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in neighbouring Ukraine where Russian forces have taken control of Crimea.<p>The AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) flights will take place solely over NATO territory, the alliance said on …

Ukraine armed groups reject 'extremist' label

Former President Viktor Yanukovich, and many in Russia, have described Ukraine's interim government as illegitimate and controlled by "dangerous extremists".<p>Many Ukrainians who took part in the revolution to remove Yanukovich from power disagree and say it is an insult to the sacrifices they have …

Associated Press News

The Ukraine Crisis Is Unsettling Decades-Old Nuclear-Weapons Agreements

The crisis in East­ern Europe has promp­ted many com­par­is­ons by U.S. law­makers to the Cold War. But the latest men­tion comes from an ocean away, …

Russia

Russian Forces Seize Ukrainian Village Beyond Border, Hotels In Crimea Stormed By Masked Gunmen

Russian forces have invaded Ukraine, according to the Foreign Ministry in Kiev, with troops taking control of the village of Strilkove, six miles …

Merkel, EU Struggle To Influence Events In Ukraine

Renee Montagne talks to Josef Joffe, editor of the German newspaper <i>Die Zeit</i>, about Germany's toughening stance against Russia's aggression in Ukraine.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>With Russia making moves on Ukraine's Crimea region, German leader Angela Merkel has been talking tough, and perhaps …

MAP: Here's Why Ukraine Fears A Russian Invasion

On Thursday, Ukraine security chief Andriy Parubiy claimed that Russia has placed 80,000 solders, 270 tanks, 370 artillery systems, and 140 combat aircraft near the Ukrainian border.<p>"Ukraine today is facing the threat of a full-scale invasion from various directions," he said.<p>Vladimir Putin has …

Russia

West prepares sanctions as Russia presses on with Crimea takeover

SEVASTOPOL/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Dozens of Russians linked to Russia’s gradual takeover of Crimea could face U.S. and EU travel bans and asset freezes on Monday, after six hours of crisis talks between Washington and Moscow ended with both sides still far apart.<p>Moscow shipped more troops and …

Globe in Ukraine: In Crimea, the only ‘truth’ is from Kremlin-controlled media

Mila Bogach really wants me to understand what's been happening in her country.<p>She has a friend, she says – well, a friend of a friend – who went to Kiev to take part in the protests that brought down Viktor Yanukovych last month. Her friend's friend stood on the Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square, …

Associated Press News

Russia Vetoes U.N. Draft on Crimea, As Citizens Rally Against War

Updated 11:45 ET<p>Russia vetoed a draft U.N. resolution on Saturday that would have declared Crimea’s referendum illegal, and its close ally China …

Globe in Ukraine: Ukraine accuses Russia of staging 'military invasion'

Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of having staged a "military invasion" of the country, saying Russian troops had seized one village outside Crimea and briefly landed at another.<p>In a statement posted to its website, Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said 80 Russian soldiers – supported by …

Associated Press News

How my poor Russian language skills got me out of paying a bribe

Many of the former Soviet states require you to carry your documentation with you at all times. Being the paranoid backpacker that I am, I don’t like …

Bribery

'No one cares': The tragic truth of Syria's 500,000 refugee children

When the British photojournalist Ed Thompson arrived at a snowy Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon last December, he was greeted by a little boy who ran …

Syria civil war 'horrors' lead US human rights report

<b>A global human rights report released by the US has singled out Syria's civil war as a tragedy that "stands apart in its scope and human cost".</b><p>The US said a chemical weapons attack in Syria that it says killed 1,429 was "one of many horrors" in the war.<p>The annual state department review also noted …

6 basic questions about the war in Syria

By Amanda Erickson<p>, Reporter<p>The Syrian war has been a slowly unfolding catastrophe, one that has embroiled several of the world's major powers.<p>Early Saturday, the United States and its British and French allies conducted airstrikes on three targets outside Damascus and Homs in response to an …

Syria On Track To Become World's Largest Source Of Refugees

A photo from Syria is grabbing the world's attention: a sea of people lining up for food amid the rubble of a Palestinian refugee camp inside Syria.<p>Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia was so moved by the image, he took to the Senate floor, saying "a country of 23 million people, a proud country, is being …

Obama: Referendum on independence in Crimea is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON– PresidentObamaon Thursday declared that a referendum asking Crimean voters if they want to join Russia would violate Ukraine's constitution and international law, and he promised to keep ramping up the pressure on Russia until it stands down in the region.<p>“In 2014, we are well beyond …

Striking Images of Ukraine Before and After the Recent Riots

Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz uses Photoshop to merge together photos of Kiev that were taken before and after the recent Ukraine riots, creating devastating images that juxtapose the previous peace of of the city with the destruction and violence that raged after the protests began. Although the visuals …

Protest