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2 dead in heightened Ukraine protests – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine — The deaths of two people protesting the crackdown on the right to assemble in Ukraine threatens to spark a major confrontation between demonstrators and the government, analysts said Wednesday. Two protesters…



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UN withdraws Iran invite to Syria peace talks – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAfter issuing an invitation to Iran to join the Syrian peace talks, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn that invitation amid mounting concerns over Iran’s participation in the negotiations. (Jan. 20). Loading……




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Intelligence reforms to dominate Sunday shows – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Sunday talk shows will be dominated by politicians and officials dissecting President Obama’s speech about electronic surveillance and privacy issues. In a major speech Friday, Obama announced an array of intelligence reforms in…


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Budweiser reveals Super Bowl ad plans – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFor the upcoming Super Bowl, Anheuser-Busch InBev will recycle some successful plays from its past Big Game advertising. The brewing giant’s Feb. 2 ads will feature celebrities, its iconic Clydesdale horses and a salute…



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What is Robert Gates really upset about? – BBC News

BBC NewsThe biggest revelation in former Defence Secretary Robert Gates’ memoirs is the former Pentagon chief, a man know for his calm and charm, seethed with an inner fury at the Washington game. His criticisms…




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German leader Angela Merkel injured while skiing – USA TODAY

USA TODAYGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis while on a skiing vacation in Switzerland, her spokesman told reporters in Berlin Monday. Steffen Seibert said that Merkel “suffered bruising in connection with a partial fracture…


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Crabby in the Abbey – Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair[Note: What follows is a relatively spoiler-free sketch-pad recap of tonight’s Downton Abbey season premiere on PBS. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you may be advised to skip this post until you’ve…




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Al-Qaida Takes Control of Iraqi City – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaReports Saturday say the Iraqi government has lost control of Fallujah to al-Qaida militants after days of fighting. A senior security official told the French news agency that Fallujah is under the control…


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Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen nightmares – USA TODAY

USA TODAYActress Lesley Nicol, who plays ‘Downton Abbey’ cook Mrs. Patmore, reveals changes for the kitchen staff in the fourth season of the show and confesses to her own personal kitchen nightmares. (Jan. 3). Loading……




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Al-Qaeda launches attacks in western Iraq – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAl-Qaeda militants in key western Iraqi cities launched a series of brazen attacks against police stations and fought battles with government forces Thursday amid growing sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. Al-Qaeda militants, emboldened…












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Abe’s shrine visit spurs new tension in Asia – Xinhua

XinhuaWASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Major U.S. newspapers on Thursday published articles saying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine spurs new tension in Asia and further aggravates Japan’s ties with…



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1. LeBron, Kobe: Two Historic Paths Diverge – ESPN

ESPNLOS ANGELES — LeBron James didn’t like having his defending champion Miami Heat playing on the road for Christmas, and he wasn’t thrilled about facing the depleted and struggling Los Angeles Lakers. But before James…



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Arctic 30 ‘free to leave’ Russia – euronews

euronewsGreenpeace has said that all of the so-called Arctic 30 have had their amnesties processed and are free to leave Russia as soon as exit visas are issued. The activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic…






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1. Heat Edge Tough Spurs Team From Atlanta – ESPN

ESPNMIAMI — Bash the Eastern Conference all you want — and most of it is deserved — but the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks put on a 2013-NBA-Finals-like performance at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday…










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Who has the power in Ukraine’s crisis? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s opposition appears confident and shows no sign of relenting in its standoff with the government. The government has made some gestures toward the opposition, rejected some of its main…




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