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Ukraine: Live Report

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:19 | AFP

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session in Moscow09:02 GMT - Geneva talks - In Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry has been speaking to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia as ministers gather for talks, AFP's Nicolas Revise tells us. Asked by one journalist what Deshchytsia plans to tell his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Kerry answers: "We are going to talk about that first."



Putin says Ukraine's decision to disbanded Berkut police will backfire

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:16 | Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine's Berkut riot police, a force disbanded by authorities in Kiev after being blamed for the deaths of protesters, had served honorably in the line of duty. Answering a question from a former Berkut officer in televised call-in with the nation, Putin told him "there is no doubt you and your colleagues ... professionally and honorably carried out your duty." He said the decision to disband the force after deadly clashes during protests that ousted President Viktor Yanukovich would "backfire for the Ukrainian state because you cannot humiliate fighters and make kneel fighters who are defending the interests of the state." (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk;

World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:15 | Associated Press
HONG KONG (AP) — World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.

Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:12 | Associated Press

South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for more than 280 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days.



Putin hails Russia's relationship with China

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:11 | Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday relations between Russia and China have developed to an all-time high and they will play a significant role on the global political stage. "It..will significantly influence the modern architecture of international relations," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation, but added that they were "not considering the question of a military-political alliance." (Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Additional reporting by Polina Devitt and Andrey Kuzmin; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Lidia Kelly)

Putin says Ukraine risks abyss, dialogue only solution

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:07 | AFP

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives his annual televised question-and-answer session in MoscowRussian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. "Only through dialogue, through democratic procedures and not with the use of armed forces, tanks and planes can order be imposed in the country," Putin said at the start of a major nationwide phone-in broadcast on Russian television. "It is very important today to think about how to get out of this situation and offer people a genuine dialogue and not one just for show," added Putin, saying he believed the talks opening Thursday in Geneva between top diplomats on the crisis were "extremely important". He accused the Ukrainian authorities who took over after the fall of president Viktor Yanukovych of driving the country to the abyss.



Insight: In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:03 | Reuters

Fil ephoto of a hydrogen nozzle plugged into a Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media briefing in TokyoBy Norihiko Shirouzu, Paul Lienert and Yoko Kubota TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California (Reuters) - In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Toyota Motor Corp will next year launch a hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe. For now, people at Toyota are calling it the 2015 FC car, for fuel-cell. Their only emission, bar heat, is water vapor, they can run five times longer than battery electric cars, and it takes just minutes to fill the tank with hydrogen - far quicker than even the most rapid charger can recharge a battery electric car.



Putin says Kiev's use of army against separatists a 'grave crime'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:57 | Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's decision to send armed forces into the east of the country instead of trying to establish a dialogue with the Russian-speaking population there was a "grave crime." In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin also dismissed allegations that Russian forces were present in east Ukraine and emphasized the importance of international talks on the crisis taking place in Geneva. Putin criticized the government in Kiev for what he said was a mishandling of the situation in eastern Ukraine that is "dragging the country into an abyss." "Instead of realizing that there is something wrong with the Ukrainian government and attempting dialogue, they made more threats of force ... this is another very grave crime by Kiev's current leaders," he said.

Putin admits Russian forces were deployed to Crimea

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:56 | Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defense forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula. "We had to take unavoidable steps so that events did not develop as they are currently developing in southeast Ukraine," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "Of course our troops stood behind Crimea's self-defense forces. ...

Putin says no Russian forces in eastern Ukraine

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:56 | Associated Press

El presidente ruso Vladimir Putin hace declaraciones en la residencia de Novo-Ogaryovo en las afueras de Moscú, Rusia, el lunes 14 de abril de 2014. Putin consideró el jueves 17 "tonterías" las aseveraciones de que su país está involucrado en la revuelta pro rusa que se registra en el este de Ucrania. (AP Foto/RIA-Novosti, Servicio de Prensa Presidencial, Alexei Nikolsky)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as "nonsense," but expressed hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis.



Blast on site of explosives plants kills 1

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:48 | Associated Press

This frame grab from video provided by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn., shows some of the area of an explosion and fire, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at a property where several ammunition and explosives plants are based, in McEwen, Tenn. At least one person has died, and at least three people have been injured. (AP Photo/WSMV-TV)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where several ammunition and explosives businesses are based killed one person and left three others injured.



Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:44 | Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the United States, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.



Servier, lab founder in drug scandal, dies at 92

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:41 | Associated Press
PARIS (AP) — Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.

India holds biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:39 | Reuters

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after voting inside a polling station in the village of Kamshet, in the western Indian state of MaharashtraBy Ashutosh Pandey and Swetha Gopinath BANGALORE (Reuters) - India held the biggest day of its mammoth general election on Thursday, with a quarter of its 815 million-strong electorate eligible to vote during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress party and gains for the Hindu nationalist opposition. Narendra Modi, the prime-ministerial candidate of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been wooing voters with promises to rescue India from its slowest economic growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population. In the latest large opinion poll, the BJP and its allies were forecast to win a narrow majority in the 543-seat lower house of parliament, compared to previous surveys predicting that they would fall short. Yet a decision by the Election Commission to reprimand a senior Modi aide for making speeches deemed to stir tensions with minority Muslims underlined critics' assertions that the party is a divisive force.







Today's Horoscope

What's special today for you

Your birth on the 17th day of the month suggests that you are very fortune financially, because this date is very good for business interest and a solid business sense. Although you are probably very honest and ethical, this birthday enables you to be shrewd and successful in the world of business and commercial enterprise. You have excellent organizational, managerial, and administrative capabilities enabling you to handle large projects and significant amounts of money with relative ease. George Bernadshaw, Sir Humphry Davy, Christian Bernard, Elizabeth Taylor were born under the number 8.
Aries
The last place you feel like being is in the middle of a crowd, and that`s a good thing. Your demeanor leaves much to be desired as the Stars change their configuration. This is a fine time to keep a low profile and relax. Do your best to temper your venom with honey before you spew it at an unsuspecting target. If you can find a way to give as much sympathy as you hope to receive, then you should be fine.
Taurus

All of the genius and glory that the Universe holds has to go somewhere, and Taurus is the lucky focal point today. Your choices are clearly laid out before you, and you can choose all or one of the cosmic blessings available. In addition, the Stars bring you the power to mediate, heal or persuade, so doing good deeds seems to be a given on your schedule. The only way to stay humble may be to notice the humor of your position.
Gemini
You may have thought you had more time to make a decision, but the powers that be are pressing you for an answer right now. The Stars definitely have a hand in pushing your situation toward critical mass as they start to do that cosmic boogie. Do whatever you can in order to drive some kind of wedge into the next opening that presents itself. It might be a tight fit, but once it`s in place, you`ll be happy that you acted sooner rather than later.
Cancer

You feel unsettled or have a great yearning to do something out of the ordinary. Loved ones and people who spend a lot of time with you can sense that something is changing in your world right now. Ordinary conversations or routines seem as if they`re happening from a different angle than usual. It`s important that you stay grounded and present in the moment so as not to miss any passing opportunities.
Leo
Instead of competing with everyone, why not try to form some sort of alliance and achieve the goal together? Work on matching yourself to the rhythm of a coworker and see how you might be of some help to them. When working as part of a group, keep in mind that others have their passions and excitements just as you have yours. Giving non-constructive criticism won`t get you anywhere. You undermine your credibility at the moment you start to judge.
Virgo

Get ready to join the party for the long haul. You may have had a difficult week, but fame, fortune and fun are your willing companions for the rest of this weekend. Whatever you start, you need to be fully prepared to finish. When the Stars look this good, you can run for a long time without getting winded. Those who are studying something are suddenly in love with their teacher. Try not to mistake platonic feelings for something more.
Libra
This is what`s called `getting caught up in the moment`. A promise made in the heat of passion may not have much long-term value. Illusions have their place during slow times, although a plan is always much better. As long as you can tell the difference between the two, there`s nothing wrong with indulging a fantasy or two. As the Stars prepare to make a change, you must be ready to prove yourself if and when you get the chance.
Scorpio

Going solo was fun for a while, but now you long for some company. Lucky for you, group activities happen under the flag of camaraderie and general agreement. The more diverse the crowd, the better, Scorpio. Each person in the group brings a unique element that they are happy to toss into the pot. When it comes to jokes, everyone here is an insider. There is a time and place to keep a secret, but this isn`t it.
Sagittarius
Are you still getting the same old results? This time, pick an opponent that matches your abilities. Unless you`re going up against an intimate friend, the best strategy is to gain a psychological edge on your competitor. A strong vocabulary suggests an encyclopaedic command of your subject, but make sure you know what the words mean before you use them. Someone might just be in the mood to call your bluff, Sag.
Capricorn

You`ve worked long hours to get where you are now, so don`t let anything or anyone ruin your victory celebration. Gather in the spoils and put them somewhere safe. Get ready, because there are changes coming that you can smell on the wind. There`s no shame in enjoying the applause, Capricorn. Few people ever reach this level of fame and wealth.
Aquarius
If you had your way, you`d run barefoot through the fields and never look at a clock again. However, discipline remains a necessary evil even to a free spirit like you. Keep in mind that not everybody can handle the degree of freedom that`s ideal for you. Wait until you`re alone or with close friends before pulling out all the stops. For now, you just have to accept the fact that the general public just isn`t ready for your footloose antics.
Pisces

Okay, so you didn`t become a millionaire this week. However, you lead a rich life among interesting, loving and generous people. You of all people know that there is much more to life than money, Pisces. Even though your financial situation isn`t where you would like it to be, you still have the feeling that you`ve been blessed many times over. As far as you`re concerned, the Universe is already giving you a wide variety of subtle gifts. Look around -- you`ll figure out the rest of it when the time is right.