Hague to visit Kiev Sunday – Yahoo News

Yahoo NewsLondon (AFP) – British Foreign Secretary William Hague will visit Kiev on Sunday for talks with the interim Ukrainian government as tensions rise with Russia over Crimea, a Foreign…

President’s lover Gayet at French film awards – AFP

AFPParis — Julie Gayet, the woman outed as French President Francois Hollande’s lover, made her first high-profile appearance since news of the affair broke when she arrived Friday at France’s…

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged – CBS News

CBS NewsActors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis sit courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers NBA match up against the Phoenix Suns, at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12,…

Fresh violence in Venezuela as protestors refuse to be bought off by president’s … – Daily Mail

Daily MailViolence swept through the streets of Venezuelan capital Caracas yesterday as anti-government protesters rioted over President Nicolas Maduro’s attempt to buy them off with a six-day long-weekend. Hundreds of…

Carnival holiday may take heat out of Venezuela crisis – Reuters

ReutersCARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans began a week-long national holiday on Thursday with some protests still simmering but President Nicolas Maduro’s government hoping the break will take the heat out of…

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles, Disrupts Easing Tensions – Businessweek

BusinessweekNorth Korea launched four short-range missiles, the first such action in more than nine months, disrupting a period of easing tensions with the South. The missiles were fired into the…

Thai Prime Minister’s Supporters Plan Volunteer Militias — Update – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalIt has been more than a week since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was last seen in Thailand’s capital, and now war drums are sounding in the north of…

North Korea releases video of missionary from South accused of spying – Reuters

ReutersSEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean missionary held in North Korea said he had committed crimes against the state in a bid to establish an underground church, according to video…

Grim Afghan future if no security pact, says general – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeBAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without US help, the top US military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan’s refusal to sign a security agreement…

Oscars 2014: Leonardo DiCaprio and a series of unfortunate Oscar years – NDTV

NDTVLeonardo DiCaprio is one of the most famous and beloved members of the twilight zone peopled by actors whose greatness is acknowledged and celebrated by everybody except the Academy of…

Capture of Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman ignites fight over trial location – Fox News

Fox NewsAfter narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals over 13 years on the run, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now, what is likely…

Maria von Trapp of “The Sound of Music” von Trapp Family, Passes at 99 – The Beverly Hills Courier

The Beverly Hills Courier(AFP) – Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last survivor of the Austrian musical family whose escape from the Nazis was immortalized in “The Sound of Music,” has…

Matteo Renzi sworn in as new Italy PM – BBC News

BBC NewsOn Friday he formally accepted the mandate to lead a new government and named his cabinet. He ousted Prime Minister and party colleague Enrico Letta in a vote earlier…

McDonald’s Meets Moschino at Milan Fashion Week – TIME

TIMEShare. Read Later. Send to Kindle. FASHION-ITALY-MOSCHINO. Tiziana Fabi / AFP / Getty Images. A model presents a creation for fashion house Moschino as part of the Milan’s Women’s fashion…

Fan arrested for groping ‘Modern Family’ star in Australia – AFP

AFPSydney — Australian police said Friday they had arrested a man for allegedly groping “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland at an event for fans in Sydney, as the US actress…

UN Inquiry Finds North Korea’s Kim Should Face Rights Trial – Businessweek

BusinessweekNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center front, inspects the command of Korean People’s Army (KPA) Unit 534, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News…

North Korea atrocities exposed, but what next? – AFP

AFPSeoul — Defectors and activists welcomed Tuesday a UN-mandated inquiry’s searing indictment of gross human rights abuses in North Korea, but analysts questioned the international community’s ability to act on…

Quadruple Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 25 – New York Times

New York TimesBAGHDAD — Three bombs that targeted public markets and a fourth bomb placed outside a Shiite mosque exploded Monday night in Baghdad, killing 25 people and wounding dozens,…

S Korea building collapse: Dozens of students trapped – BBC News

BBC NewsDozens of university students in South Korea are reported to be trapped in a building collapse in Gyeongju in the southeast. At least three people have been killed, an…

Ukraine protesters end 3-month occupation of Kiev City Hall – Denver Post

Ukraine protesters end 3-month occupation of Kiev City HallDenver PostProtesters watch a backhoe loader tractor remove their barricades in order to allow limited car traffic Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine. The…

US president warns Uganda over anti-gay bill – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama has warned Uganda’s President Yoweri Musuveni that enacting an anti-gay law will complicate relations with the US. Under the proposed legislation, those convicted of homosexual acts…

Ukraine Opposition Plans March on Parliament After Merkel Talks – Businessweek

BusinessweekAn anti-government protester stands on a barricade in Kiev, on February 15, 2014. Photographer: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images. Ukrainian opposition groups plan to march on parliament to push lawmakers…

Alpine skiing: Norwegian raider Jansrud plunders more gold – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Special qualities are required to join the elite ranks of the so-called Attacking Vikings and Kjetil Jansrud revealed them in abundance to plunder more…

Protesters evacuate Kiev city hall in symbolic concession – Yahoo News

Yahoo NewsKiev (AFP) – Protesters in Kiev on Sunday vacated city hall after occupying the building for over two months as part of anti-government unrest sweeping Ukraine, in a highly…

Lebanon’s Sunnis, between ISIS and Hezbollah – Al-Arabiya

Al-ArabiyaLike all Lebanese sects, the Sunnis are in a state of disagreement over their identity ever since the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the prominent Sunni leader. Ever since his death…

France warns C. Africa crisis could be longer than expected – AFP

AFPBangui (Central African Republic) — France’s defence minister warned on Saturday that ending sectarian strife in the Central African Republic could take longer than expected as peacekeepers went door-to-door in…

Mancuso eighth for struggling US ski team – Washington Post

Washington PostU.S. skier Julia Mancuso competes during the Women’s Alpine Skiing super-G at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 15, 2014. (Oliver Morino /…

Love and marriage on Kiev’s anti-government barricades – Yahoo News

Yahoo NewsKiev (AFP) – She dropped her job to join the revolution against a hated regime. Injured, she was treated by a young man who fell in love with her…

Robot army ‘to help alleviate future floods’ – BBC News

BBC NewsSelf-organising robots that mimic insect colonies have been shown off by computer scientists at Harvard University. The robot construction crews could in future be used to help alleviate flooding,…

Kerry meets China’s Xi amid heightened Asia tensions – AFP

AFPBeijing — US Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, as Washington’s security allies Tokyo and Manila fret over China’s far-reaching territorial claims. Kerry started…

Robotic termites build without a boss – AFP

AFPChicago — US scientists showed off tiny robots Thursday that can tackle tasks much like real-life termites, working collectively to build structures without following orders from a boss. The mechanical…

Robot termites build complex structures with amazingly simple rules – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesImagine a team of workers that can tirelessly build and rebuild complicated structures even under daunting and dangerous conditions. They exist – they’re called termites. Now, inspired by…

Termites inspire robot builders – BBC News

BBC NewsThe insects build impressive, metres-high structures even though they can follow only simple rules and have no knowledge of an overall plan. The Harvard researchers’ robot brick-layers do something…

Washington Region Buried Under Foot of Snow, Bracing For More – CBS Local

Washington Region Buried Under Foot of Snow, Bracing For MoreCBS Local… Under Foot of Snow, Bracing For More. February 12, 2014 5:44 AM. View Comments. Colorful houses on an unplowed…

Yemen: 7 killed in attack on prison, 29 escape – Washington Post

Washington PostSANAA, Yemen — Heavily armed militants attacked Yemen’s main prison in central Sanaa on Thursday, killing seven people and helping 29 inmates escape, many of them convicts in terrorism-related…