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…

Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found dead – Houston Chronicle

Australian TV star Charlotte Dawson found deadHouston ChronicleSYDNEY (AP) — Australian TV star and former model Charlotte Dawson, who became an anti-bullying activist after she was targeted online, has been…

At least 9 dead in Kiev protests; 47 police injured – CNN

CNNKiev, Ukraine (CNN) — At least nine people died Tuesday in protests in Kiev, seven of them civilians and two police, authorities said. A total of 47 police officers were…

Wave kills Marco Polo cruise ship passenger – NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.auA MAN has recalled the moment “pandemonium broke out” when a freak wave hit a cruise ship, and killed one of its passengers. Passenger Allan Cooper was on-board the Marco…

In a Rare Visit, Three Chances to Impress – New York Times

In a Rare Visit, Three Chances to ImpressNew York TimesWhen the Royal New Zealand Ballet opened at the Joyce Theater on Wednesday night, it was a homecoming — not for…

China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit…

What Belgium’s child euthanasia law means for America and the Constitution – Washington Post

Washington PostBelgium has just passed a law allowing euthanasia for children. The Low Countries allow for suicide and doctor-assisted suicide, but Brussels is the first to open to door to…

Thai Vote Fails to Ease Tensions as Protesters Disrupt Election – Bloomberg

BloombergThai voters cast ballots across almost 90 percent of the country yesterday, defying efforts of protesters who disrupted polling stations in a general election where the results may not be…

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy trail record-tying Stephen Gallacher in Dubai – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesTiger Woods and Rory McIlroy hit the ball well Saturday during the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic, but it was defending champion Stephen Gallacher who tied…

Ukraine on Brink of Chaos as Amnesty Vote Splits Parliament – TIME

TIMEAfter a week of trying to appease the revolution in Ukraine, the government has finally dug in for a fight. On Wednesday night, the ruling party refused to grant the…

Lorde ‘will have a long career’ – TVNZ

TVNZA Kiwi record producer says Lorde will have huge opportunities following her exposure at the Grammy Awards. Lorde was among a line-up of the music industry’s brightest stars to perform…

Facebook is a disease and could die out within the next few years – NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.auHERE’S something you might not Like: Facebook could die out within the next few years. Well, that’s according to a study conducted by a group of Princeton researchers. They believe…

Extreme Cold Follows East Coast Snow Storm – USA TODAY

USA TODAYResidents of the East Coast can expect to be hit with extremely cold temperatures, as a major snow storm moves out. Tuesday’s storm dropped a foot or more of…

New Zealand quake fells airport Hobbit eagle sculpture – BBC News

BBC NewsPeople in the city of Wellington have described the moment a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand’s North Island. The quake struck 38km (24 miles) north-east of Masterton at…

New Zealand earthquake shakes North Island – BBC News

BBC NewsAn earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has rattled New Zealand’s North Island, but there are no reports so far of major damage or serious injury. The quake struck…

‘Hobbit’ Sculpture Knocked Down in New Zealand Quake – ABC News

ABC NewsA strong earthquake rattled New Zealand’s lower North Island including the capital Wellington on Monday, although there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The United States…

Ants board the International Space Station – New Zealand Herald

New Zealand HeraldA colony of ants is aboard the International Space Station for a science experiment. Photo / Thinkstock. A colony of ants have set up home in the International…

Serena Williams falls to Ana Ivanovic in Australian Open – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMELBOURNE, Australia – Once her most successful major, the Australian Open has become Serena Williams’ snake bit-Slam. No. 1 Williams, a five-time champion, saw her tournament go up in…

Taiji Cove dolphin hunt begins in Japan amid protests – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDespite protests from conservationists, an annual dolphin hunt took place Saturday at Taiji Cove in Japan. According to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a Friday Harbor, Wash.-based non-profit group…

Nesiasi Mataitonga: London Broncos sign Tonga full-back – BBC News

BBC NewsLondon Broncos have signed Tonga international full-back Nesiasi Mataitonga from NRL side Cronulla Sharks for the 2014 season. The New Zealand-born player has been playing for the Sharks’ Under-20…

Forest needed to cover carbon footprint of icy rescue – New Zealand Herald

New Zealand HeraldThe hapless Australasian Antarctic Expedition is finally homeward bound – and thousands of trees will have to be planted to offset the carbon footprint from the prolonged rescue…

Briton, New Zealander found shot dead on Libyan beach – CNN

CNNTripoli, Libya (CNN) — Authorities on Friday identified a British man and a woman from New Zealand as the two foreigners killed in Libya and their bodies found on a…

Bodies of two foreigners found on Libyan beach, officials say – CNN

CNNTripoli, Libya (CNN) — Libyan authorities have found the bodies of two foreigners who appear to have been shot during a picnic on a beach west of Tripoli, media officials…

Revelers start ringing in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Exploding fireworks sprayed from Sydney’s iconic opera house and harbor bridge at midnight Tuesday as the world began ushering in a new year. More than…

East Asia Rings in the New Year – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFireworks crackled through the night skies in New Zealand and Australia as the two countries started the worldwide celebration of the first moments of 2014. Crowds gathered in…

Chinese Icebreaker Delayed in Antarctic Ship Rescue – TIME

TIMEA Chinese icebreaker headed to the Antarctic region to rescue a vessel stalled Friday due to bad weather and icy conditions. The ship Xue Long, which means Snow Dragon in…

Icebreakers speed toward stranded ship in Antarctica – CBS News

CBS NewsLOS ANGELES — Three icebreakers are speeding to rescue a ship carrying tourists and researchers that is trapped in thick ice in Antarctica. The ship has been stuck since…

London: Have a ripping time at Jack’s pub – New Zealand Herald

London: Have a ripping time at Jack’s pubNew Zealand HeraldThe Ten Bells has always been on my London itineraries, originally because of its link to Jack the Ripper but more…

Rodman Leaves NKorea Without Word If He Met Leader – ABC News

ABC NewsFormer basketball star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Monday, but he plans to return next month — even if a sponsor won’t be with him. Rodman’s short visit…

Prostitution laws: What are the Nordic and New Zealand models? – CTV News

CTV NewsDebates surrounding the criminalization of sex work in Canada were sparked after the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down three major provisions in the country’s prostitution laws. In the…

Antonio Silva suspended for elevated testosterone level – USA TODAY

USA TODAYDespite gaining approval for the use of testosterone replacement therapy, Antonio Silva still failed his post-fight drug test following a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Mark Hunt in…

New Zealand Lures Cameron’s Avatar Sequels With Higher Subsidy – Bloomberg

BloombergDirector James Cameron will shoot the next three sequels to Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time, in New Zealand after the South Pacific nation increased subsidies to film…

Is ‘Fast & Furious’ in limbo with Paul Walker’s death? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAs friends and celebrities said goodbye to Paul Walker on Sunday, fans and analysts pondered the future of his most famous franchise. Walker, who died in a fiery car…

Atossa Soltani Amazon Watch Avoids Defending Steven Donziger At RICO Trial: Chevron Ecuador

Atossa Soltani, of Amazon Watch, and its the founder and executive director, has reportedly elected to avoid testifying on behalf of RICO defendant Steven Donziger in the Chevron Ecuador fraud…

Oracle Team USA Wins America’s Cup Finals Over Emirates Team New Zealand. Computer Assist?

Ok. Oracle Team USA wins America’s Cup over Emirates Team New Zealand. Don’t believe it? Read again: Oracle Team USA wins America’s Cup over Emirates Team New Zealand. And once…