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  • Ukrainian servicemen leave Navy base in Sevastopol as Crimea protesters storm HQ

    March 21, 2014 8:47 AM 23

    Men, believed to be Ukrainian servicemen, with belongings walk past armed men, while leaving the territory of the naval headquarters in Sevastopol, March 19, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko) At least 30 Ukrainian naval personnel have left the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula after demonstrators stormed

  • Thai court rules general election invalid

    March 21, 2014 6:24 AM 16

    Thailand's Constitutional Court has ruled the 2 February general election invalid, officials say. The snap poll was called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra amid major anti-government protests in Bangkok. The ruling party was expected to win, but the opposition boycotted it and protesters disrupted voting, meaning the election has not been completed

  • Missing MH370: P-3 Orion leads SAR

    March 21, 2014 4:30 AM 15

    Missing MH370: P-3 Orion leads SAR SYDNEY - A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 Orion aircraft is en route to the search area where two large objects were spotted yesterday, says Australian Maritime Safety Security (AMSA). In a statement, AMSA said the aircraft departed at 6.15am and is expected to be joined by a civil Gulfstream jet and two RAAF P-3 Orion

  • Ukraine to move UN for demilitarisation in Crimea

    March 20, 2014 5:09 PM 9

    Kiev will ask the UN to grant the crisis-hit Crimean peninsula the status of a demilitarised area, the Ukrainian foreign ministry said. "Ukraine will soon turn to the UN with suggestions regarding the preparation of international instruments for the demilitarisation of Crimea to prevent escalation of the conflict on the peninsula," foreign ministry spokesman

  • German lawmakers plan investigation into US spying

    March 20, 2014 3:37 PM 25

    It will explore the scope of spying on Germans’ private communications by America and its allies in the so-called “Five Eyes” network — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — and the extent of German officials’ own knowledge of these covert operations. Opposition lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said parliamentary investigators should seek to question

  • EU to debate severe Russia sanctions

    March 20, 2014 9:34 AM 42

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the current Crimea scenario the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War. Kiev - European leaders were on Thursday to debate biting economic sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea as Ukraine tore up key ties with the Kremlin and drew up plans to evacuate its nationals

  • Ukraine drawing up plans to withdraw troops from Crimea

    March 19, 2014 7:27 PM 26

    National security and defence council secretary Andriy Parubiy said that Ukraine will seek UN support to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone as it seeks to relocate armed forces to the mainland. Ukraine's military, which is heavily outnumbered in Crimea, has come under increased pressure since the region was nominally incorporated into Russia on Tuesday

  • Ukraine to hold joint military exercises with US, UK, leave Russia-dominated alliance

    March 19, 2014 6:43 PM 9

    KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s security chief says that the country will hold joint military exercises with the United States and Britain. Andriy Parubiy, the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council secretary, said Wednesday that Ukraine will hold manoeuvrs with the countries that signed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. He didn’t give any specifics

  • Crimea military center shooting resembles sniper fire at Kiev’s Maidan

    March 19, 2014 6:32 PM 31

    Special forces banish an unidentified man from the Photogrammtry Center of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kubanskaya Street in Simferopol. Unidentified people allegedly attempted to seize the center on March 18. (RIA Novosti / Andrey Stenin) The shooting in the Crimean city of Simferopol bears a strong resemblance to the actions of snipers in central

  • Australian minister concedes 'no breakthrough' with Jakarta

    March 19, 2014 5:16 PM 13

    Jakarta — Australia's defence minister conceded Wednesday during a visit to Jakarta there was still no "breakthrough" in improving relations with Indonesia which have been damaged by a row over spying. Ties between Jakarta and Canberra have sunk to their lowest point for years following allegations that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of President