Laurentiu Tarlescu

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On the Ground in Transnistria, the Tiny Oppressive State That Wants to Join Russia

Western pundits have described the autonomous region of Moldova as the "next Crimea," but is Russia really about to invade?<p><i>A tank monument in Tiraspol, Transnistria. All photos by the author</i><p>“Yes,” she says, handing over a copy of the local paper, “'I like it here in Tiraspol,’” making quote marks …

Russia

Obamacare sign-ups surge in California ahead of deadline

Strong consumer interest in<p>Obamacarecoverage ahead of Monday's enrollment deadline was leading to long waits and website trouble for some Californians.<p>The Covered California exchange said sign-ups have been building throughout the week with about 80,000 people picking a health plan Monday through …

Health Care

Cairo Clashes Leave At Least 5 Dead

CAIRO, March 28 (Reuters) - At least five people were killed in clashes in Cairo on Friday involving security forces, Muslim Brotherhood supporters and residents days after after hundreds of Islamists opposed to the military-backed government were sentenced to death.<p>Newspaper Al Dustour said one of …

Twitter gets court victory in Turkey but ban not lifted

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter said late Friday that it won a key victory for freedom of expression after a Turkish court reversed an order that forced the company to take down an account that accused a former government minister of corruption.<p>The Turkish government banned access to the social network …

South Asia

Gay couple wed in historic same-sex marriage ceremony in London

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza become husband and husband in a historic same-sex marriage ceremony in Islington, north London<p>Peter McGraith and David Cabreza, who have been partners for 17 years, were married in a midnight ceremony at Islington Town Hall, taking full advantage of Saturday's …

LGBTQ

Chinese ships search new area for Malaysian plane

SYDNEY/PERTH (Reuters) - Chinese ships trawled a new area in the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysian passenger jet on Saturday, as the search for Flight MH370 entered its fourth week amid a series of false dawns over sightings of debris.<p>Australian authorities coordinating the operation moved the …

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