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  • Crimeans find their new lives in Russia harder than expected

    A month on from their referendum to join Russia, Crimeans ought to be looking north to the mainland with some satisfaction. Kiev is mobilizing troops to oust them, raising the possibility that Russia will respond with military intervention. But for Crimeans, now safely ensconced in Russia's embrace, all is now good. Shopkeepers post prices in both Russian rubles and Ukrainian hryvnia, and have to resort to hand calculators to make change.

  • Pistorius did himself no favours in the dock: lawyers
    Pistorius did himself no favours in the dock: lawyers

    Oscar Pistorius did himself more harm than good when he took the witness stand, say South African lawyers. Throughout five gruelling days on the witness stand, the Paralympic gold medallist contradicted himself, a nail in the coffin for his defence, said lawyers watching the case. Initially, Pistorius had said he believed he was under attack by an intruder when he fired four shots at the toilet door. Pistorius has also suggested he was not thinking rationally when he fired his 9mm pistol at a toilet door begind which was his girlfriend, 29-year-old model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

  • Team Hoyt to Run Last Boston Marathon
    Team Hoyt to Run Last Boston Marathon

    Father-and-Son Marathon Team to Run Final Boston Marathon

  • South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster
    South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

  • French Lab Loses SARS Vials
    French Lab Loses SARS Vials

    Vials Containing SARS Fragments Not Dangerous, But Hint at Vulnerability

  • Lady Gaga, Psy to perform at S. Korea festival

    US pop diva Lady Gaga is slated to perform at a summer music festival in South Korea, where her first show two years ago received an adult-only rating from state censors.

  • Two more charged in gang-linked kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

    WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Two additional suspects have been charged in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina man whose daughter had prosecuted one of the eight people now accused in the plot, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday. The suspects are accused of kidnapping Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home on April 5 and holding him hostage until he was rescued by federal agents in Atlanta four days later. Janssen's daughter is a Raleigh, North Carolina, prosecutor who helped send Blood gang member Kelvin Melton to prison for life on state charges. Charges were announced on Wednesday against two others, Jakym Tibbs, and a suspect identified as "John Doe" or "Kirkwood Quan," said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

  • FATHER OF FOUR IS SELFISH TO PUT HIS HEALTH AT RISK

    DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. I'm concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work. I don't mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He refuses to see a doctor for checkups or when he is sick. I am worried about his health. The drinking could have an impact, and I would like him to have a physical exam to put my mind at ease. I tell my husband I want him to take care of himself to live longer for our children's sake (our youngest is 4). ...

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