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  • Ukraine launches deadly assault on rebel-held towns
    Ukraine launches deadly assault on rebel-held towns

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". The offensive sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up, raising the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic. In Slavyansk, a flashpoint east Ukrainian town held by rebels since mid-April, armoured military vehicles drove past an abandoned roadblock in flames to take up position, AFP reporters saw.

  • Cornish recognised as British minority
    Cornish recognised as British minority

    The Cornish people are to be recognised as a national minority under a European convention, the British government announced Thursday. They will now be classified under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities along with the Scots, Welsh and Irish. "Cornish people have a proud history and a distinct identity," said Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander, the number two in the finance ministry. "Today's announcement builds on the government's continued commitment to Cornwall and the Cornish language."

  • Inside Oprah’s Bizarre Love Triangle
    Inside Oprah’s Bizarre Love Triangle

    Winfrey’s stepmom gives an unfiltered Daily Mail interview about the former queen of daytime’s unusual relationship with her boyfriend—and even stranger one with her best friend.

  • Video: new 'Adventure Time' episode from Japanese animator Yuasa Masaaki
    Video: new 'Adventure Time' episode from Japanese animator Yuasa Masaaki

    Celebrated Japanese animator Yuasa Masaaki lends his own interpretation to the unpredictable journeys of human boy Finn and his dog-brother Jake in a special episode of popular Cartoon Network series "Adventure Time" called "Food Chain." Masaaki was free to do as he pleased with the characters of "Adventure Time," having produced the episode from within the walls of his own Japanese studio, reported Things To Do in LA from an Adventure Time panel at the Wondercon Expo on April 19. In the episode clip, Finn and Jake visit a museum as part of an educational day out, learning about how the food chain theory applies to birds, leaves and caterpillars, before taking off on their own flight of fancy.

  • The 'social photo frame' that helps generations connect
    The 'social photo frame' that helps generations connect

    Social media is great for sharing photos with loved ones, but what about friends and family members who don't have online profiles? A new ‘social photo frame' could be the answer. Famatic is a touchscreen digital photo frame which connects to Facebook, Instagram and email accounts and streams uploaded photos and videos automatically.

  • Soldier in battle to rid home of squatters, Florida sheriff’s office says it can’t do anything
    Soldier in battle to rid home of squatters, Florida sheriff’s office says it can’t do anything

    Soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago and asked a friend to watch over his house in New Port Richey, Florida.

  • It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage
    It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

    Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why.

  • Assessing the Damage From Heartbleed
    Assessing the Damage From Heartbleed

    The Internet didn’t stay broken-hearted from the Heartbleed bug for long. Heartbleed, which even has its own logo, helped raise awareness about online security, and as a result, it appears many sites have now patched security flaws and prompted users to change their passwords. The...

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