The troops who have taken over two airports in Crimea are not Russian military, but they could be security contractors working for the Russian military, and they are there to stay.
Private security contractors working for the Russian military are the unmarked troops who have now seized control over two airports in the Ukrainian province of Crimea, according to informed sources in the region. And those contractors could be setting the stage for ousted President Viktor Yanukovich to come to the breakaway region.The new Ukrainian government in Kiev has accused Moscow of “an armed invasion and occupation” in the Crimean cities of Simferopol and Sevastopol, where well-armed and well-organized troops with no markings or identification have taken control of the airports.
This week's leading world events, captured in photographers' pictures, including the effects of smog in China, riots in Venezuela and Turkey, a change of political leadership in Ukraine, the hideaway of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, and a well-wrapped model at Paris Fashion Week.
Vladimir Putin draws on his background as a master spy, testing and teasing the new regime in Kiev and its backers in Washington.
The world woke up Friday morning to the spectacle of Russia staging a non-invasion invasion of Ukraine: mysterious armed men in uniforms occupied the airport in the Crimean capital of Simferopol while what appeared to be conventional Russian troops reportedly blockaded the military airport at Sevastopol. The previous day, in the pre-dawn dark, another group of men had occupied the regional parliament building. And all this took place against the background of 150,000 Russian troops on the move and Russian jets roaring through the skies just across the border.
In a disturbing new phenomenon, young Italian males are trolling websites looking for older Italian women to date—and then to attack.
“Antonella” is a 53-year-old divorced woman who lives in Genova. After 25 years in a violent marriage, she thought she could finally find the sort of non-committal relationship she wanted with a much younger “boy-toy” boyfriend she’d hooked up with on the Internet. Instead, last week she was beaten near death after weeks of verbal humiliation. She suffered broken ribs, a broken nose and untold psychological damage. “Beatrice,” a 50-year-old divorcee from Turin, wasn’t as lucky.
Jordan Davis had a difficult upbringing, was bullied at school, and now—at 17—is hoping to become the first transgender winner of Miss England.
Jordan Davis was recently in an IKEA when a woman approached her. “You’re the girl in the paper,” the woman said. “Well, fair play to you. But no offense, love: The photos don’t do you justice. You look much better in person.” On the phone from her home in Coventry, England, Davis laughs. “All my life I wanted to be famous, but now I don’t like it.” Well, she may have to get used to an extended 15 minutes. Davis, 17, is only the second declared transgender contestant to have taken part in the Miss England pageant.
As the White House negotiates to keep military forces in Afghanistan after 2014, it's time to address what the small force being considered can actually accomplish.
On 25 February the White House issued a public statement on the status of the negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan over keeping troops in the country after 2014. In unusually stark language, the press release noted that the President had “asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
Thursday’s salvo comes at a particularly sensitive moment in Kim Jong Un’s consolidation of power.
On Thursday, North Korea fired four short-range missiles into the East Sea, better known as the Sea of Japan. The salvo followed the test of another four missiles on Friday, February 21.The North periodically launches Scuds, like the ones on Thursday, and sometimes these events have geopolitical meaning. These two sets of firings bracket Monday’s start of the annual U.S.-South Korea “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle” military drills, which the North Koreans abhor, and so they might be warnings to Washington and Seoul.
Peter Greste, photographer of the children's classic "Owen and Mzee," is being held in solitary confinement as he and other Al-Jazeera journalists await trial in Cairo.
Right now, journalist Peter Greste is being held in solitary confinement in Cairo’s high-security Tora Prison, and could face another seven years behind bars. But ten years ago, he was documenting the unexpected love between a hippo named Owen and a tortoise named Mzee that would become a worldwide sensation. And for decades before that, he was taking in strays from the street and providing them with a good home—despite his parents' protestations.
Ukrainian Olga Bogomolets tended to the wounded after snipers opened fire on protesters—and she’s turned down an influential post to remain devoted to the work at Independence Square.
On Wednesday night Olga Bogomolets faced one of her life’s most important decisions. Still cold after standing on stage before thousands of Ukrainians gathered on the EuroMaidan, she sat at a corner table of a McDonalds shivering in her parka. With her big, deep eyes half closed, she remembered the wounds she tried to cure last week, working on her knees on the floor of an improvised hospital at the House of Officers, treating the worst wounds of the bleeding protesters with bullet and shrapnel injuries in their necks, heads and abdomens.
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Armed Men Leave Crimean Army Post
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Saudis Blacklist Brotherhood
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