WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's main opposition party, the conservative Law and Justice (PiS), is the most popular among voters, with the ruling Civic Platform (PO) five percentage points behind, a poll by TNS Polska showed on Sunday. Support for PiS rose two percentage points to 31 percent, while PO's reading remained unchanged at 26 percent, according to the poll conducted for public television TVP. Poland does not have a national election until late 2015, but this year Poles will vote in European Parliament elections and local elections. ...
By Alissa de Carbonnel SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Sunday despite a U.S. warning to Moscow that annexing the southern Ukrainian region would close the door to diplomacy in a tense East-West standoff. Russian forces' seizure of the Black Sea peninsula has been bloodless but tensions are mounting following the decision by pro-Russian groups that have taken over the regional parliament to make Crimea part of Russia. The operation to seize Crimea began within days of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich's flight from the country last month.
CAIRO (AP) — In a story March 8 about Egypt's military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much Egypt spends annually on fuel subsidies. The country spends nearly $20 billion a year, not $2 billion.
By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - A senior Russian official appealed to the West on Sunday to help prevent "neo-fascists" coming to power in Ukraine after a far-right leader said he planned to run for president. Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector paramilitary movement which played a big role in three months of protests that toppled Ukraine's Moscow-backed president, announced his candidacy for the May 25 election on Saturday. "The de-facto authorities in Kiev and their Western backers should close the road to power of the neo-fascist Yarosh and his supporters," Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights commissioner, said on Twitter. Moscow has charged Yarosh with incitement to terrorism for allegedly suggesting a Chechen warlord should attack Russia after Russian forces took control of Ukraine's Crimea region.
Ukrainian troops are performing training exercises in base but there are no plans to send the country's armed forces to the Crimea region, Interfax news agency quoted Acting Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh as saying on Sunday. Responding to media speculation about Ukrainian military movements after Russian forces took control of Crimea, Tenyukh said the only troop movements that might be seen would be from one base to another to take part in the training exercises. "No movements, no departures for Crimea by the armed forces are foreseen.
Russian forces took control of a Ukrainian border guard post in western Crimea on Sunday, trapping about 30 personnel inside, a border guard spokesman said. The spokesman, Oleh Slobodyan, said Russian forces now controlled 11 border guard posts in Crimea. Russian forces' seizure of the southern Ukrainian region, which began 11 days ago, has been bloodless.
FLORIDA CITY, Florida (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk will visit Washington this week for talks as tensions build over Russian forces' seizure of the Crimea, a White House official confirmed on Sunday. No other details about the talks were immediately available from Washington officials. Yatseniuk announced his plans for the trip earlier Sunday at government meeting in Kiev. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Sunday he would go to the United States this week to discuss the standoff with Russia over Ukraine's southern region of Crimea. "I am going to the United states to hold top-level meetings on resolving the situation unfolding in our bilateral and multilateral relations," Yatseniuk said at the start of a government meeting in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. He did not immediately give any dates and provided no other details of the visit. I (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
Myrny (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukrainian navy vessels into a lake off the Black Sea, officers say, highlighting Moscow's determination to wear down the morale of Kiev's forces in Crimea. The Ochakov -- a Soviet-era warship decommissioned in 2011 and set to be sold for scrap -- was towed to the entrance to Lake Donuzlav on Crimea's western coast from the Russian base at Sevastopol on Thursday and blown up. Ukraine's navy has limited resources and suffered a major blow last week when its chief Denis Berezovsky switched allegiance to the pro-Russian Crimean authorities and a new chief was appointed. "It is blocked so we cannot get out," said Captain Viktor Shmyganovsky, second-in-command at the base in Novoozerne, one of the four biggest in Crimea.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's president said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country's language from English to a local language.
Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back before vanishing, Malaysia's air force chief said.
Russian forces' seizure of the Black Sea peninsula has been bloodless but tensions are mounting.
By Niluksi Koswanage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian officials are poring over CCTV footage and questioning immigration officers and guards at Kuala Lumpur's international airport, concerned that a security breach may be connected to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Suspicions that the Beijing-bound Boeing jet, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people on board, may have been hijacked or bombed have risen after at least two passengers were found to be using stolen passports, though Malaysia's government stressed it was considering all possibilities. Malaysian investigators, assisted by the FBI, are probing the identities of four passengers in particular, two Malaysian officials with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters. The four comprise two travelers with European passports, possibly Ukrainian, in addition to two travelling on stolen Austrian and Italian passports, the sources said.
TAHIRPUR, India (AP) — At first, Ashok Yadav ignored the patches of pink skin on his arm. But when pale sores erupted on his body and he lost sensation in his fingertips, a doctor issued the devastating diagnosis: Yadav had leprosy.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide car bomber set off his explosive-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint Sunday in southern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed 42 people, officials said. The violence, which comes a few weeks before scheduled elections, is the latest by insurgents bent on destabilizing the country.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual "Blarney Blowout." More than 70 people were arrested and four officers were injured in the clashes.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a student event and 30-40 people were rushed to hospitals with mainly minor injuries, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: daylight saving time has arrived.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Politicians poked fun at adversaries and themselves Saturday night at the annual Gridiron dinner, a gathering of journalists and public figures.
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration near the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts spiraled out of control, pitting police in riot gear against thousands of drunken and unruly revelers at the annual "Blarney Blowout." There were more than 70 arrests and four officers were injured in the clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and snowballs, officials said.
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On Feb. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24 show the first moments of this X-class flare in different wavelengths of light -- seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun's atmosphere, the corona.
On the one-year anniversary of the service, digital comics locus ComiXology says it now offers more than 1,000 titles through its self-publishing platform Submit.
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A variety of new applications have adapted the bitcoin protocol to fulfill different purposes; the latest is Ethereum. These platforms all rely on decentralized architectures to build and maintain network applications that are operated by the community for the community. But while they enable a whole new set of possibilities, they also raise new issues -- and of a completely different kind than those found in traditional P2P architectures.
Shutterstock grabs a new market, Getty grabs at straws, the Canadians throw big bucks at photo awards, and fighter pilots throw the bird at the Oscars.
This new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy ESO 137-001, framed against a bright background as it moves through the heart of galaxy cluster Abell 3627. This cluster is violently ripping the spiral's entrails out into space, leaving bright blue streaks as telltale clues to this cosmic crime.
Oculus Rift makes ascending the Wall so engrossing, and the sensation of being 700 feet above the ground so realistic, that every reaction in my body and my brain told me I was in real danger.
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