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Text of President Obama’s statement on air strikes, airdrops in Iraq

Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we're …

Ukraine struck a deal to end the protests, but there are already signs of cracks

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych appears to have blinked in his confrontation with the protest movement.<p>In meetings attended by leaders of the protest movement and officials from Russia, France, Germany and Poland, Yanukovych made a series of concessions to try and end the ongoing protests. …

Russia is not happy with the dramatic change in Ukraine

Russia is stepping up its rhetoric against Ukraine's new Western-leaning leadership as tensions rise over the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.<p>Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the interim authorities in Kiev had conducted an "armed mutiny."<p>Ukraine's new interim interior minister, …

Hagel details Pentagon budget cuts

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel renewed his warning to Congress on Monday that shrinking defense budgets mean a smaller military and cuts to popular programs — but that a return to sequestration would be even worse.<p>Previewing the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget being delivered to Congress next week, …

Russia denounces Ukraine 'terrorists' and west over Yanukovich ousting

Moscow delivered a damning indictment of post-revolutionary Ukraine on Monday, denouncing alleged discrimination of the ethnic Russian minority, accusing the west of sponsoring a takeover of the country by "terrorists" and "extremists", and clashing with Washington over plans for early elections in …

Reports: Iraq signs arms deal with Iran

Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195m, according to documents seen by Reuters news agency - a move that would break a UN embargo on weapons sales by Iran.<p>The agreement was reached at the end of November, the documents showed, just weeks after Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's …

Venezuelans stop traffic in anti-government protests

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Venezuela

Yanukovich wanted for 'mass murder' in Kiev

The Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovich, is wanted by police for the "mass murder of peaceful civilians", according to an arrest warrant that is being persued by the country's acting interior minister.<p>Arsen Avakov said on Monday that an arrest warrant was being drafted for Yanukovich, who fled …

Syria crisis: UN Security Council agrees aid resolution

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11 killed in attack on Somali presidential compound

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nine militants and two Somali government officials were killed when anAl Qaeda-linked terror group attacked the presidential compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Friday.<p>President Hassan Sheik Mohamud, whose residence and office are in the compound known as …

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Matteo Renzi to be sworn in as Italy's new prime minister

Mr Renzi will be the third straight premier to come to office without being elected<p>Matteo Renzi will be sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever on Saturday after he cobbled together a government he says will change the face of the country's politics and economy.<p>Mr Renzi, the 39-year-old …

Europe

Obama meets with Dalai Lama, upsetting China | Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing’s warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties.<p>China’s vice foreign minister, …

Graphic Photographs Of Kiev Protests Show Destruction, Bloodshed

The scene in Ukraine's embattled capital is apocalyptic.<p>For a brief window of time Wednesday, it looked like the standoff between anti-government protesters and President Viktor Yanukovych would cease after a truce was agreed upon. Yet violence again filled the streets of Kiev just hours after the …

Watch 'Ukraine Burning,' a powerful documentary on Kiev conflict

A peace deal could soon be on the way<p>After a relatively quiet month, violent conflicts again erupted in Ukraine's capital Kiev this week as protestors clashed with armed forces. Widely shared images and videos have given observers some idea of the horrific nature of events in Kiev, but a <i>Vice</i> …

A Fragile Truce Has Broken Out in Kiev

An update from our news editor in the aftermath of yesterday's chaos.<p><i>Barricades burn through the uneasy truce established in Kiev last night. Photo by Phil Caller.</i><p>The crisis in Ukraine is moving fast. Yesterday set another new record for the amount of blood shed during the crisis, as a ceasefire …

Obama, Putin agree on need to ensure Ukraine deal works | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Friday that a deal aimed at halting bloody clashes between government forces and protesters in Ukraine needs to be implemented quickly to stabilize the country, a U.S. official said.<p>People cheer as …

Ukraine president seeks to defuse crisis, calls for early elections

KIEV, Ukraine -- Embattled Ukrainian President<p>Viktor Yanukovich<p>acknowledged the opposition's victory Friday by initiating early presidential and parliamentary elections and a plan to form a coalition government.<p>“In these tragic days when Ukraine suffered such heavy losses, when people died on both …

Russia

US debt: 'Your shutdown is not an 'epic battle', it is bad governance'

The Republican Party has completely lost the public relations war over who was primarily responsible for Washington's latest damaging budget stand-off, writes Peter Foster<p>With cracked voice and snow-white goatee, the veteran of six Second World War naval clashes narrows his eyes towards a distant …

Tea Party

IRS: Shutdown will delay tax filing season

The IRS won't start processing returns until at least Jan. 28 and possibly as late as Feb. 4 because it needs time to program and test tax-processing systems.<p>Here's another reason to be annoyed at the 16-day government shutdown: It could delay tax refunds for millions of early filers by one or two …

What a week: Digesting the end of the shutdown

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Articles about 5 unique houses austin texas on Dwell.com - Dwell

An Austin firm creates a home for a family in the Texas capital that sits among the trees.<p>Architect J.C. Schmeil of Merzbau Design Collective recently completed this 4-bedroom, 4-bath house on Lake Austin in Texas,...<p>Austin is a rapidly growing city. In March, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Austin …

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