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  • Ukraine government pledges Russian language rights

    By Alastair Macdonald and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's acting president and prime minister offered some of their strongest pledges yet on Friday to strengthen constitutional rights to use the Russian language in an effort to defuse separatist protests. In a joint televised address, acting President Oleksander Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk called for national unity, urged people to refrain from violence and said they would support constitutional change and decentralizing more power to local councils, including over their official language - a central demand of Russian-speaking protesters in the east. "The Ukrainian government is prepared to conduct comprehensive constitutional reform which will strengthen the powers of the regions," Yatseniuk said. "We will strengthen the special status of the Russian language and protect this language," the premier said.

  • Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade
    Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day.

  • Toronto Mayor Ford opens re-election bid with 'cut the gravy' vow

    By Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launched his re-election campaign on Friday, acknowledging the crack-cocaine scandal that has made him a topic of water cooler talk across North America, but also happy to trade on his notoriety. Ford, whose authority was reduced last year by a city council fed up with his antics, took over a massive convention center in Toronto's west end for the event, hawking bobble-head dolls to raise funds ahead of the election on October 27. First elected mayor in 2010 on a cost-cutting platform, Ford has become indisputably the most famous leader in the city's history, and continues to poll relatively strongly in spite of a scandal that prompted staffers to desert him and has cost him nearly all of his allies on city council.

  • Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'
    Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'

    In a disturbing reminder of an era that's supposed to be bygone, an image has been circulating of what appears to be a leaflet asking all Jews over the age of 16 in Donetsk, Ukraine, to "register" with separatist militants. The leaflet, reported by Ynet and picked up by USA Today, bears the signature of the head of Donetsk's temporary pro-Russia "government" Denis Pushilin. However, the Ukranians attempting to bring the region under Russian control have denied any involvement with the flyer. Secretary of State John Kerry declined to assign blame for the leaflets in a Thursday statement. According to Ynet's English report, the leaflet, written in Russian, reads:

  • US orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar
    US orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar

    A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida's orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets. The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, which is infecting citrus trees across the Sunshine State with huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, which causes fruit to taste bitter and fall from trees too soon. "It feels we are losing the fight," said Ellis Hunt, the head of a family-run citrus farm spread over about 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) in the central Florida town of Lake Wales. Citrus greening disease has become such a problem this year that the US government has lowered its forecast for the upcoming harvest four times.

  • UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'
    UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'

    Doctor Pens Controversial Op-Ed Comparing HIV to Diabetes

  • Image Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Last Message Before Arrest
    Image Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Last Message Before Arrest

    Photo Shows Bullet Holes, Anti-American Missive Scrawled on Wall of Boat Where Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Hid

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