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The crisis in Crimea could lead the world into a second cold war

This is perhaps the most dangerous point in Europe's history since the end of the cold war. Direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian forces will draw in the United States, one way or another. While there is still time, it's extremely important to understand what each party involved is …

Inside massive sinkhole that swallowed eight classic cars

Take a tour inside an enormous 40 feet wide sinkhole that opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and see the eight classic cars at the bottom<p>Earlier in February a <b>giant sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum</b> in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Eight classic sports cars …

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Ukrainian and Russian troops in standoff at Crimean military base - As it happened

Summary<p>• <b>Russian troops have surrounded at least two military bases in Crimea and approached others seeking to gain access or get hold or their weapons.</b> There were reported to be about 150 Russian troops and more than 20 military vehicles outside the Perevalnoe base, where there was a tense …

Ukraine crisis gives NATO, West no good options

LONDON (Reuters) - With Western powers increasingly concluding Ukraine has lost Crimea to Russia, the U.S. and its allies face few viable options and serious questions over future relations.<p>A woman with child poses for a picture in front of an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in the Crimean port …

Ukraine: what will happen now?

In his 14 years in power grieving the loss of the Soviet empire, Vladimir Putin has launched three wars against Russia's neighbours and territories formerly under the Kremlin's domination. As a newly appointed prime minister in 1999, before becoming president on New Year's Day 2000, he began with a …

Indian Hindu nationalist Modi turns to Muslim voters

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader tipped as India’s next prime minister, appealed to Muslim voters on Sunday and hit out at rivals accusing him of bias against the country’s largest religious minority.<p>Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate …

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stage mass protest against Israeli draft law

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community’s military exemptions and end a tradition upheld since Israel’s foundation.<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take part in a mass prayer in …

What is the Crimea, and why does it matter?

Russia's stealth takeover of the Crimea has reopened centuries-old divisions. What is the Crimea, and why does it matter?<p>Crimea, a rugged strategic peninsula jutting into the Black Sea that was gifted to <b>Ukraine</b> by a Soviet leader 60 years ago is now the epicentre of a dangerous crisis pitting …

West's puny response to Ukraine crisis will not deter Vladimir Putin

Barack Obama has sternly warned Vladimir Putin there will be "costs" for Russia if it continues or expands its military intervention in Ukraine. But the American president did not specify what these costs might be, and this toothlessness, in a nutshell, is the dilemma now facing the US and its …

Ukraine mobilises after Putin's 'declaration of war'

KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.<p>“This is not a threat: …

NATO deplores Russia's actions, offers no hard response

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia’s seizure of Crimea is a threat to peace in Europe and the situation must be “de-escalated”, NATO’s secretary-general said on Sunday, but the alliance failed to agree any major steps to rein in Russia during emergency talks in Brussels.<p>Speaking before chairing a meeting …