Fire damages area of Hong Kong wetland at centre of development row – South China Morning Post

South China Morning PostFire damages area of Hong Kong wetland at centre of development row. Lawmaker reminds company that owns plot where it wants to build 2,500 homes that it…

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…

Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock – CNET

CNETIn a response to a shareholder suggestion that Apple stop its environmentally friendly initiatives, the typically temperate Apple CEO draws a blunt line in the sand. Nick Statt. by Nick…

Netflix hack day comes up with creative solutions to Netflix problems – UPI.com

UPI.comSo when you fall asleep during House of Cards, you won’t feel like you missed everything. By Aileen Graef | Feb. 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM | Updated Feb. 28,…

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…

Thai minister rejects televised talks proposal – gulfnews.com

gulfnews.comBangkok: A senior Thai minister rejected a proposal for talks from the leader of an anti-government protest movement on Friday as demonstrators rallied at ministries to put pressure on Prime…

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…

Shinawatra to miss anti-graft hearing – The News International

The News InternationalPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is fighting for her political survival as pressure mounts on several fronts — in the streets, the courts and from the National Anti-Corruption Commission.…

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…

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…

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…

US urges caution as Putin orders military drill – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine – The United States urged Russia on Wednesday to avoid provocative actions after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to combat readiness drills near Ukraine, where pro-Russian protesters…

Ukraine crisis: Yatsenyuk is PM-designate, Kiev Maidan told – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s new interim government has been presented at Kiev’s main protest camp, the Maidan, following last week’s ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. The Maidan council named Arseniy Yatsenyuk to…

Turkish PM investigated for corruption – Times of India

Times of IndiaANKARA: A chief prosecutor’s office on Tuesday initiated an investigation into audio recordings purportedly of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordering his son to dispose of vast…

Turkey PM Erdogan says ‘tapped’ phone call to son ‘fabricated’ – BBC News

BBC NewsTurkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has angrily condemned as fabricated an audio recording that appears to show him talking to his son about hiding large sums of money. He…

Italy’s economy: The mountain Matteo Renzi must climb – BBC News

BBC NewsFor the new Italian government, led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the big task will be to breathe new life into the Italian patient. It is the third largest…

Three dead in apparent double murder-suicide in Thornton – Denver Post

Denver PostThree dead in apparent double murder-suicide in Thornton. By Kieran Nicholson and Ryan Parker The Denver Post. Posted: 02/24/2014 06:21:30 AM MST. Updated: 02/24/2014 11:44:01 PM MST. Police investigate…

Ukraine crisis: Russia steps up Ukraine rhetoric – BBC News

BBC NewsRussia has stepped up its rhetoric against Ukraine’s new Western-leaning leadership as tensions rise over the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said interim authorities in…

Oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, dies at 110 – Haaretz

HaaretzPrague-born pianist who knew Kafka and lived in Israel for 40 years, dies in London. By Ofer Aderet | Feb. 23, 2014 | 9:49 PM | 9. Tweet. Alice Herz-Sommer,…

Ukraine’s new rulers dismantle Yanukovich power structure – Reuters

ReutersKIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new rulers, just 24 hours after ousting President Viktor Yanukovich, began speedily to unstitch his power structure on Sunday, appointing a provisional leader to replace him…

Renzi rings changes for Italy – The Australian

The AustralianA HEAVILY pregnant Marianna Madia was watching a Peppa Pig cartoon with her young son when the call came through last week asking her to join the new Italian…

Ukraine crisis: ‘Still thousands in Kiev square’ – BBC News

BBC NewsAs Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is reported to have left the capital, Kiev, there are concerns about a possible power vacuum in the country. A deal brokered on Friday…

Ukraine’s former PM rallies protesters after Yanukovych flees Kiev – The Guardian

The GuardianIn eastern Ukraine and Crimea there was fury at events in Kiev, and all eyes will now be on Russia, where the foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, labelled the opposition…

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…

Rapid changes in Ukraine: What they mean – Washington Post

Washington PostKIEV, Ukraine — A frenzy of shuttle diplomacy and hard compromises produced what may be a breakthrough in Ukraine’s 3-month-old political standoff, a crisis that this week prompted the…

Steve Jobs slated to grace US postage stamp in 2015 – CNET

CNETList of approved subjects obtained by The Washington Post reflects a shift toward more popular individuals as a new revenue source for the cash-strapped service. Steven Musil. by Steven Musil.…

Justin Willman brings comedy magic to Pontiac – Royal Oak Daily Tribune

Justin Willman brings comedy magic to PontiacRoyal Oak Daily TribuneBy Brendan Losinski, Special to The Oakland Press. Posted: 02/19/14, 10:20 PM EST |. If you don’t know the name Justin…

Thai anti-government protesters gather outside defense compound – CNN

CNNBangkok, Thailand (CNN) — Thai anti-government demonstrators massed Wednesday outside the Prime Minister’s makeshift office, a day after clashes with police in the streets of Bangkok killed five people. The…

EU calls meeting of bloc’s 28 foreign ministers on Ukraine violence, weighing … – Fox News

Fox NewsBRUSSELS – The European Union is calling an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers to decide the 28-nation bloc’s reaction including possible sanctions to the recent escalation of violence in…

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor ‘confirmed’ – CNET

CNETA report citing inside sources says the upcoming smartphone will come equipped with fingerprint reading technology within the device’s home button. Dara Kerr. by Dara Kerr. February 17, 2014 7:53…

Thai protest standoff with riot police in Bangkok – BBC News

BBC NewsShots have been fired, with several police officers and protesters being hit, in confrontations between demonstrators and the authorities in Bangkok. Police are trying to retake official buildings and…

Are talks with Iran over its nuclear programme going no where? – euronews

euronewsTalks aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear programme resume in Vienna today in an atmosphere of caution. Officials representing six world powers and Tehran, plus the EU’s foreign policy chief have…

Iranian Nuclear Talks Due To Start – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyTalks between Iran and six world powers on negotiating a long-term deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear program are due to open on February 18. The talks in Vienna are the…

Google said to open 200-worker office in San Francisco – CNET

CNETCreating office space for engineers from all of its recent acquisitions, the Web giant is said to be leasing a 35,000-square-foot building in the city’s Mission neighborhood. Dara Kerr. by…

Italy president asks Matteo Renzi to be next PM – BBC News

BBC NewsItaly’s President Giorgio Napolitano has asked Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, to form a new government. Enrico Letta resigned as prime minister on Friday, after he was ousted…