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…

Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash – Business Recorder

Business Recorderimage CARACAS: At least 41 people, including foreign reporters, were arrested in Caracas late Friday as security forces battled protesters angry at the policies of Venezuela’s leftist government. National…

Death toll from Venezuela street protests rises to 18 – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukScattered barricades blocked streets and protesters battled police in some Caracas neighbourhoods Friday even while life went on as usual in others as a political standoff persisted through the second…

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…

New York Will Consider Nonlethal Ways to Reduce Swan Population – New York Times

New York TimesA proposal to eradicate mute swans in New York State by killing them met such a backlash that New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Friday that…

Slum Dwellers in Caracas Ask, What Protests? – New York Times

New York TimesAntigovernment protesters blocking a street in San Cristóbal, in western Venezuela, decorated their barrier like a beach scene. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times. the main…

Shepherd of the City’s Rebirth, Rio’s Mayor Feels the Strains, Too – New York Times

New York Times“Don’t ever in your life do a World Cup and the Olympic Games at the same time,” Mr. Paes recently said. “This will make your life almost impossible.”…

Rangers Re-Sign Girardi as Trade Deadline Looms – New York Times

New York TimesThe Rangers cleared one elephant from their room Friday, agreeing to terms with defenseman Dan Girardi on a six-year contract extension that keeps their solid defense corps intact.…

Let Them Wear Crowns – New York Times

Let Them Wear CrownsNew York TimesPARIS — The royal court of Undercover arrived here Wednesday night. Jun Takahashi’s show had the pomp and circumstance of an uncanny jubilee. It left…

Cate Blanchett’s Fashion Choices – New York Times

New York TimesBACKGROUND Ms. Blanchett, 44, an Australian, is the rare star to command the utmost respect on both the silver screen and the red carpet. She won several awards…

Obama Warns Russia Not to Intervene in Crimea – New York Times

Obama Warns Russia Not to Intervene in CrimeaNew York TimesCredit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times. Although there were no confrontations or bloodshed by evening, the appearance of a…

Antigovernment Protesters Retreat From Bangkok Street Shutdown – New York Times

New York TimesBANGKOK — In what appeared to be a major retreat by the movement to overthrow the Thai government, antigovernment protesters on Friday said they were abandoning their campaign…

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…

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…

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Under House Arrest – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalMOSCOW—A Moscow court has put Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the Internet or communicating with anyone outside his family. The house…

City Room | New York Today: Seeking the Homeless – New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)Good ice-cold Friday to you. It is 10 degrees, with a wind chill of 5 below. Records are falling. And more snow is coming. This winter has…

Abe’s comments “wrong and dangerous”: article – Xinhua

XinhuaBEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — The world should be cautious against Japan’s attempt to break its peaceful constitution and the potential threat to regional peace, Chinese experts warned on Friday.…

US Moves Toward Atlantic Oil Exploration, Stirring Debate Over Sea Life – New York Times

New York TimesA blue whale near rigs off Southern California. Experts disagree on the effects of seismic surveys on sea mammals. Credit David McNew/Getty Images. the main story. the main…

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…

Crimea’s Bloody Past Is a Key to Its Present – New York Times

New York TimesThe Crimean War ensnared Russia, the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. Credit Hulton-Deutsch Collection, via Corbis. the main story. the main story. the main story Share This…

Missed Chances For Tiger In First Round – ESPN

ESPNPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf Thursday after his worst two-tournament start as a professional did not exactly evoke confidence that he has turned things…

At Council Hearing, Calls for New York to Offer Homeless Children and Families … – New York Times

At Council Hearing, Calls for New York to Offer Homeless Children and Families …New York TimesMembers of the City Council pressed the de Blasio administration at a hearing on Thursday…

Christie Aides Joked About Jamming Traffic at Rabbi’s House – TIME

Christie Aides Joked About Jamming Traffic at Rabbi’s HouseTIMEThe exchange between former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and former transportation official David Wildstein took place Aug. 19, the…

British Spies Said to Intercept Yahoo Webcam Images – New York Times

New York TimesSAN FRANCISCO — A British intelligence agency collected video webcam images — many of them sexually explicit — from millions of Yahoo users, regardless of whether they were…

The Carpetbagger’s 2014 Oscar Predictions – New York Times

New York TimesFor the first time in years, even the most seasoned awards watchers are sweating the best-picture race, an unusually tight contest that could end with either Alfonso Cuarón’s…

Crimea sets date for autonomy vote amid gunmen, anti-Kiev protests – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorThe former governor of the region, Serhiy Kunitsyn, suggested that the group could be made up of former members of the government riot police, known as Berkut, who…

Costa Concordia Captain Returns to Ship as Trial Examines Generators – New York Times

New York TimesFrancesco Schettino, the captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, went back aboard as part of his trial. Credit Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters. the main story. the main story. the…

I am your legitimate leader, fugitve president tells the ‘mob’ in Kiev – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukRussian television reported yesterday that Yanukovych, who fled Kiev last week after bloody clashes between protesters and police forces, is now in Russia and the three main news agencies said…

Need To Know: Allison Williams Gets Engaged; Solange, Jessica Alba Hang In … – MTV.com

MTV.comWhat do you get when you cross Paris Fashion Week with affordable Swedish retailer H&M? Only the most celeb-packed runway event of the year. Back across the pond, two stars…

No. 8 Villanova stays hot despite rough half – Mail Tribune

Mail TribuneVILLANOVA, Pa. — Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 67-48 victory over Butler on Wednesday. The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2…

Policy Makers Devise Plans to Provide Money to Kiev – New York Times

Policy Makers Devise Plans to Provide Money to KievNew York TimesWASHINGTON — With a financial catastrophe unfurling alongside its political transition, Ukraine is in desperate need of billions of dollars…

Trout’s Deal Sets Record, But It’s for Only $1 Million – New York Times

New York TimesMike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Up ahead is what figures to be a nine-figure deal. “It feels good,” Trout said Wednesday after agreeing to a $1…

NASA Kepler telescope discovers 715 new planets – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldNASA has announced a torrent of new planet discoveries, hailing a “bonanza” of 715 worlds now known outside the solar system thanks to the Kepler space telescope’s planet-hunting…

A New York Observer Article Brings a Spat in Trump’s Orbit – New York Times

New York TimesBill Gifford was managing an ice cream shop in Maplewood, N.J., last summer when a customer, Ken Kurson, the editor of The New York Observer, came in with…