The New York Times | Mar 5
Gutsy Ukrainian troops march, unarmed, into a hail of warning shots to protest the seizure of a Crimean base by Russians. "What are we waiting for?" asks the Ukraine commander before leading his soldiers into danger in this New York Times video. "When tomorrow comes and they come into our homes and take our wives?"
Associated Press | Mar 4
US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted to Kiev to read the riot act to Russia, and pledge $1 billion in guaranteed loans and technical aid to the new Ukrainian government. Kerry warned that Russia must "return its troops to the barracks" and de-escalate tensions in Crimea or face serious political and economic sanctions.
Reuters | Mar 4
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to back off just a bit from the bristling standoff in Crimea. While Ukrainian authorities revealed that Russia had demanded a surrender in Crimea, Putin says Russia sees no need to use military force -- yet. It's prepared, however, to use "any means" necessary to protect Russians in the Ukraine.
International Business Times | Mar 3
Russian forces have seized two more facilities in Crimea and surrounded Ukrainian military bases, demanding soldiers lay down their arms. Russian authorities have given Ukrainian troops 12 hours to surrender or face an all-out assault, according to sources in the Ukrainian government.
CNN | Mar 3
Shortly after Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty at the start of his murder trial today, a neighbor testified she heard "blood-curdling screams" before the "blade-runner" shot dead his live-in girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius claims he thought intruders were in his bathroom and he fired through the door, accidentally shooting Steenkamp.
ITN News | Mar 3
Nervous Ukrainians wait for the other shoe to drop with Russian troops massed in Crimea. They haven't yet finished mourning their dead from the uprising and now are mustering orces to take on the mighty Russians. "We offer peace" said one woman in Kiev. But another vowed that Ukrainians will do what they must to protect their nation.
The New York Times | Mar 3
The more things change ... The US and Russia have edged back to the Cold War days (as the Ukraine turns up the heat). The New York Times takes a look at where President Obama stands in the pantheon of American cold warrior leaders. Obama, meanwhile, is struggling to bring pressure to bear on Russia as its stock market takes a dive.
Reuters | Mar 3
At least 11 people were killed in the worst suicide attack in Pakistan's capital for years when gunmen opened fire outside Islamabad courthouses, then blew themselves up. An independent militant group called Ahrarul Hind claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred just after the Pakistani Taliban promised a month-long ceasefire.
Vice News | Feb 28
As large protests continue in Caracas against the government of Nicolas Maduro, Vice News travels to the Venezuelan capital for a street-level view of what's going on.
Deutsche Welle English | Mar 1
Russia's parliament has approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to send troops to Crimea. Although he says he hasn't yet decided whether to use that force, armed troops have already taken control of the peninsula. The question now is, how much further will they go?
eNCAnews | Feb 26
African nations are sticking to draconian anti-gay laws even in the face of threats from Western nations that they may be risking continued aid. Homosexuality is a "perversion; it's unnatural," said Uganda's integrity minister after Sweden threatened to cut off funds. Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries; it's punishable by death in three.
Reuters | Feb 28
Armed men are on patrol in Crimea, blocking access to one airport and controlling another. Ukraine's new government has described the action as an "invasion and occupation" by Russian forces, but Russia has denied any involvement.
Russia Today | Feb 28
Russian state broadcaster Russia Today has a different take on today's worrying reports of troops crossing into Ukraine. Tensions are being raised by NATO misinterpreting "pre-planned" military exercises that have "nothing to do with the situation across the border." Well, that's a relief.
Reuters | Feb 27
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles tells Reuters that the government of Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro is "consuming itself," as protests continue in the troubled country despite a week-long holiday. Gavino Garay reports.
Channel 4 News | Feb 27
The United States warns Russia it would be a "grave mistake" to intervene militarily in Ukraine, as the Kremlin ordered 150,000 troops to test their combat readiness.
CNN | Feb 26
Adidas has agreed to pull a pair of raunchy World Cup T-shirts on sale in the US after the Brazilian government complained that they were encouraging sex trafficking. One shirt features a woman in a bikini with the phrase: "Lookin' to Score?" Brazil's tourist board said it "strongly repudiates products that link Brazil's image to sexual appeal."
Deutsche Welle English | Feb 27
Armed men have stormed the regional parliament building in Crimea in an act of loyalty to Russia and defiance against the new leadership of Ukraine, while the country's newly installed prime minister has pledged to preserve the country's "territorial integrity".
ITN News | Feb 26
This shocking CCTV footage reveals the punch that killed 40-year-old Andrew Young after he argued with a biker on a commercial street in Dorset. Lewis Gill, 20, has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to the fatal assault, a term Young's family has blasted as an "absolute joke." Warning: The video is extremely disturbing.