Pakistan Taliban announce month truce – BBC News

BBC NewsThe Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government. Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said all Taliban fighters had been urged to “refrain from…

Venezuela’s growing middle-class revolt – CBC.ca

CBC.caOn Monday, Venezuelans woke up to find barricades of pipes, trash and branches burning in the streets. Improvised roadblocks, cutting off neighbourhoods from each other and from the central core…

Ukraine: The far-right groups patrolling Kiev – BBC News

BBC NewsLast month’s revolution in Ukraine saw thousands of students, workers and families take to the streets to demand political reform. But amongst the crowds of ordinary citizens were a…

Oscar horse race to be a photo finish – Washington Post

Washington PostLOS ANGELES — Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That…

Crimean leader claims control, asks Russia for help in restoring peace – Fox News

Fox NewsThe new prime minister of Ukraine’s Crimea region claimed control of all military, police and other security services in the region Saturday and urged Russia to intervene to keep…

Real-Life Stories Behind Best Picture Nominees – ABC News

ABC NewsIf many of this year’s best picture nominees sound familiar, it could be because they are based on real-life stories. Six of the nine Academy Award nominated films claim…

London’s Brompton Road Tube station sold for £53m – BBC News

BBC NewsA former London Underground station, used as a World War Two command centre, has been sold for £53m. Brompton Road station, near Harrods, was put on the market in…

Ukraine crisis: Crimea leader appeals to Putin for help – BBC News

BBC NewsThe new pro-Moscow leader of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace. A Kremlin source said it would “not leave unnoticed”…

Venezuela Protests Continue, National Guardsman Killed – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaAnti-government protesters continued to clash with Venezuela’s security forces overnight, as violent street demonstrations dragged into the third day of a national holiday. Scattered barricades blocked streets Saturday…

Oscars: What to watch out for – BBC News

BBC NewsThe voting is over. With only one day to go, here’s a look at what this year’s Oscar race could throw up. The Best Picture race is tougher to…

Medecins Sans Frontieres’ shock at Myanmar suspension – BBC News

BBC NewsThe aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres has expressed its shock at the order to cease operations in Myanmar. It said it was deeply concerned about the tens of thousands…

Doctors Without Borders expelled from Myanmar – Boston.com

Boston.comYANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Doctors Without Borders said Friday it has been expelled from Myanmar and that tens of thousands of lives are at risk. The decision came after the…

Los Angeles police brace for the Academy Awards – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesIt takes a small army to get Hollywood Boulevard ready for its biggest party of the year: Streets are closed. Lights are set up. Rain canopies are brought…

How Oscar campaigning got political – BBC News

BBC NewsWhen the trophies are handed out at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony they will ostensibly go to those who’ve displayed excellence in the eyes of the membership of the Academy…

Ukraine crisis: Obama warns Russia against intervention – BBC News

BBC NewsUS President Barack Obama has warned Russia there will be “costs” for any military intervention in Ukraine. He said he was deeply concerned by reports of Russian military movements…

Obama warns Russia of ‘costs’ for intervention in Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to “costs,” as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a…

Philip Seymour Hoffman had heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines in system … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsDoomed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose of a host of hardcore drugs, including heroin, cocaine and amphetamines, the city medical examiner determined Friday.…

Russia must stop Crimea provocations, says Ukraine’s Turchynov – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has accused Russia of deploying troops to Crimea and trying to provoke Kiev into “armed conflict”. In a televised address, he claimed Moscow wanted…

Is it too late for Kiev to woo Russian-speaking Ukraine? – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorWith Russian military forces now in Crimea and the regional government claiming loyalty to impeached President Viktor Yanukovych, it looks as if the new government in Kiev may…

Ukraine crisis: ‘Russians’ occupy Crimea airports – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine has accused Russia of carrying out an armed invasion by sending naval forces to occupy Sevastopol airport in the Crimea region. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet denies its servicemen…

Judge sentences ‘cruel’ British woman to life for murdering 3 men, stabbing 2 more – Fox News

Fox NewsLONDON – A British judge has told a woman who killed three men and attacked two others during a 10-day spree that she will never be released from jail.…

Ukrainian ex-leader Viktor Yanukovych vows fightback – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych has made his first public appearance since being ousted last week, telling a news conference in Russia he would fight for his country. He said…

Why Turks are tiring of Erdogan’s antics – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailTurkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always been a troublemaker. Indeed, he seems to enjoy being viewed that way. But this time, Mr. Erdogan may be…

What Goes On Behind The Scenes At The Oscars – ABC News

ABC NewsOn Sunday, Oscars Director Hamish Hamilton is going to walk the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards. But it’s not to be photographed or interviewed by the media,…

Ukraine crisis: Crimean airports occupied – BBC News

BBC Newstweets: Numerous military trucks without markings without plates moving around #Sevastopol. #Ukraine #maidan #euromaidan pic.twitter.com/jiEqAc2WiH. 10:31: Breaking News. Ukraine’s interim President, Olexander Turchynov, has dismissed the head of …Russian…

New York Plaza Owner Arrested Amid $3.9 Billion Refund Probe – Bloomberg

BloombergSubrata Roy, owner of the financial services group Sahara India Pariwar, surrendered to police after the nation’s top court issued a warrant in a probe into whether he failed to…

Turkey PM ‘tapped calls fabricated by the police’ – BBC News

BBC NewsTurkey’s prime minister has accused his enemies in the police of trying to bring him and his AKP government down. It follows the emergence of a recording in which…

Academy Awards: What do voters look for in a film? – BBC News

BBC NewsOn Sunday night winners of the 86th Academy Awards will be announced in 24 categories. Two Oscar voters – a film director and a sound man – talk about…

India Sahara chief Subrata Roy arrested – BBC News

BBC NewsOne of India’s most flamboyant tycoons, Subrata Roy, has been arrested after he surrendered to the police. The Supreme Court had ordered the arrest of the Sahara group chief…

Armed men in unmarked uniforms patrol top Crimea airport in Ukraine; tensions … – Fox News

Fox NewsSIMFEROPOL, Ukraine – Dozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings are patrolling the airport in the capital of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. An Associated Press photographer saw…

N Korea tests missiles amid S Korea-US exercises – BBC News

BBC NewsNorth Korea has fired four short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean defence ministry officials say, in a move widely seen as a response to South Korea’s military exercises…

Court: No-phones traffic law does not apply to apps – BBC News

BBC NewsA California law that bans drivers from talking on mobile phones without a hands-free device does not bar them looking at map apps, a court has ruled. The appeals…

Germany’s Angela Merkel urges ‘strong’ UK in EU – BBC News

BBC NewsThe German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has said the rest of Europe is not prepared to pay almost any price to keep Britain in the EU. In an historic address…

Ukraine crisis: US urges restraint and warns it is ‘watching Russia’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe US has called for all sides to “step back and avoid any kind of provocations” amid heightened tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry said…

Flooding shuts Clapham Road, in south-west London – BBC News

BBC NewsA major south-west London road has been shut because of flooding from a suspected burst water pipe. Clapham Road, in the Lambeth borough, was closed to pedestrians and motorists…