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How Cell Phones Would Change The Plots Of Famous Books

High Schoolers reading <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> today probably have a hard time imagining a world in which two people have such catastrophically frustrating communication problems. "Juliet, send the man a text before you initiate a complicated fake death scheme," a present-day Mercutio might suggest. "Drop …


Ukraine conflict: Vladimir Putin 'was ready for nuclear alert'

Moscow was ready to put its nuclear forces on alert to ensure Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine last year, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said in a pre-recorded documentary aired on Sunday.<p>Putin also said that Russia had saved the life of Ukraine’s former pro-Moscow president, …


In film, Putin justifies Russia's seizure of Crimea last year

Russia was prepared to activate its nuclear arsenal a year ago when its troops secured the Crimean peninsula and eventually annexed it to the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin said in a broadcast aired Sunday.<p>In the documentary-cum-reenactment, "Crimea: Path to the Motherland," timed to …


China becomes the world's third largest arms exporter

<b>China has become the world's third largest exporter of arms after the US and Russia, according to a new report.</b><p>China overtook Germany, France and the UK in exporting weapons between 2010 and 2014, said the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).<p>China now accounts for about 5% of …


Afghan President Ghani sacks Kabul police chiefs

<b>Twenty-seven senior Afghan police officers have been sacked as part of what the government calls a drive towards good governance.</b><p>The move involves 17 district police chiefs in the capital Kabul, along with officers involved in counter-narcotics.<p>The changes were ordered by Afghan President Ashraf …


Senate vote boxes Boehner in

He must either bring up the Senate's "clean" bill or try for another short extension.<p>Your move, Speaker Boehner.<p>After Senate Democrats again blocked a House proposal aimed at undoing President Barack Obama’s unilateral initiatives to stave off deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants, …

Mitch McConnell

Europe still off mark on sustainability goals: report

While it has made great strides in recycling and greener energy, the continent has failed to stop habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, said a five-yearly assessment by the European Environmental Agency (EEA).<p>"(W)e continue to harm the natural systems that sustain our prosperity," warned …

Fossil Fuels

Obama warns cop body cameras are no 'panacea'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama on Monday cautioned against expecting easy answers to help ease tensions between communities and law enforcement after a task force unveiled its recommendations.<p>The 21st Century Policing Task Force unveiled a report recommending greater use of officer-worn …

Law Enforcement

Michelle Obama heads to Asia to promote girls' education | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a U.S. global effort to support education for girls, the White House said on Tuesday.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama host a reception celebrating African American …

Michelle Obama

India foreign secretary in Pakistan in bid to mend ties

Subrahmanyan Jaishankar, India's foreign secretary, has arrived in Islamabad for the first meeting with his Pakistani counterpart since New Delhi called off talks last year which had been aimed at easing the rivals' many disputes.<p>Jaishankar is officially slated to discuss issues related to the …


North Korea has power to deter U.S. 'nuclear threat': foreign minister

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an “ever-increasing nuclear threat” by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.<p>North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong addresses the Conference on Disarmament at …

North Korea

EU call for unity as Spain and Portugal enter war of words with Greece

The European Commission is pushing for unity after Greece’s<br>new prime minister accused Spain and Portugal of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government.<p>More used to clashing with Berlin over years of austerity imposed by<br>international creditors, Alexis Tsipras turned on …

Hillary Clinton's use of private email not unusual, but still raises questions

Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal email accounts as secretary of State mimicked her predecessors but drew attention to her penchant for secrecy as she begins what appears to be a second presidential run.<p>Clinton turned her personal email over to the State Department last year so it could be …


Western leaders hint at more Russian sanctions over Ukraine | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders on Tuesday warned Russia that they were ready to step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, officials said.<p>The threats came in statements issued after a video conference that brought …

North Africa

Migrants Risk Death to Escape War and Get to Europe

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Asylum Seekers

Benghazi committee going after Clinton emails

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The chairman of the House committee investigating Benghazi said Tuesday revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used multiple personal email accounts to conduct government business are troubling.<p>House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy said his …


Alabama Supreme Court Orders Judges to Stop Gay Marriages

The Supreme Court of Alabama ordered all the state’s probate judges late Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the latest salvo in a growing legal battle in Alabama over whether the decisions of federal justices trump those made by state judges.<p>The clash of federal rights …

Health Care