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  • Ukraine leader's bloc holds election lead, Tymoshenko threatened: poll

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - President Petro Poroshenko's bloc holds a big lead ahead of Ukraine's election on Sunday while a rising populist party looks set to take second place, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday. A surge in support for the Radical Party of populist Oleh Lyashko, the champion of government troops and scourge of super-wealthy oligarchs, threatens former prime minister Julia Tymoshenko's chances of winning a seat in the new parliament, according to the survey by the Democratic Initiative Foundation. ...

  • UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court
    UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

    LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.

  • Two World War II Battle Ships Discovered Off North Carolina
    Two World War II Battle Ships Discovered Off North Carolina

    Two World War II vessels that sunk within moments of each other 72 years ago have been rediscovered on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, resting only a few hundred yards apart. The Allied merchant freighter Bluefields and the German U-boat U-576 went down on July 15, 1942, part of the larger Battle of the Atlantic that raged throughout the war. The shipwrecks were found by a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. "We have discovered an important battle site that is part of the Battle of the Atlantic," Joe Hoyt, a NOAA sanctuary scientist and chief scientist for the expedition, said in a statement.

  • Cyprus to block Turkey's EU bid over gas dispute

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — European Union member Cyprus will oppose any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the 28-nation bloc in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where Cyprus has already licensed companies to drill, an official said Tuesday.

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet
    Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.

  • Young girl narrowly avoids falling glass outside Ukraine stadium
    Young girl narrowly avoids falling glass outside Ukraine stadium

    A young girl narrowly escaped debris that fell from a stadium after an explosion in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian forces have been battling Ukrainian government troops.

  • Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral
    Bizarre CGI Video Goes Viral

    An odd but impressive video popped up on Vimeo recently, and we can't stop watching it. It's a CGI (computer-generated imagery) rendering of a horizontally rotating column knocking over and pushing around what looks like humans. The video is titled "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" It was uploaded by Dave Fothergill, a visual-effects artist from the U.K. Why can't we take our eyes off this? Because it's almost hypnotic!

  • Ottawa shootings: Videos, photos capture chaotic scene, aftermath
    Ottawa shootings: Videos, photos capture chaotic scene, aftermath

    A chaotic scene unfolded Wednesday in downtown Ottawa, where a series of shootings left at least two people dead, including a soldier and suspected gunman.

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