Saturday, 6:17 PM
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Alastair Macdonald DONETSK/KIEV (Reuters) - A senior mediator from Europe's OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are limited. Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev's U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets. The coming days may determine whether unrest following the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president can be contained. Russia, which annexed Crimea last month in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, denies directing the separatists or planning to invade.
Saturday, 7:36 PM
By Ju-min Park and Senggyu Lim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Distraught relatives of hundreds of missing people inside a sunken South Korean ferry clashed with police on Sunday as coastguard divers retrieved more bodies from the ship and the number of confirmed dead rose to 49. Relatives gathered in a gymnasium in Jindo have spent four days and nights awaiting news of their loved ones.
Saturday, 3:31 PM
Iran said on Saturday it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November with world powers over its disputed nuclear program. "Based on the agreement with the West, we were supposed to have half of our 200 kilogram stock of uranium diluted and the other half converted to uranium oxide," Iran's atomic chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told the Arabic-language Al Alam television channel. The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday that Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed. Salehi, who heads the country's atomic energy organization, said the fast process of uranium conversion was expected to expedite the release of frozen Iranian assets in the West.
Saturday, 6:56 PM
President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy. China's regional ascent is now reality, with its growing economic and military influence nudging and worrying neighbors that look to Washington as a counterweight. China is the "leitmotif that's going to be running through the trip," said Christopher Johnson, a former CIA China analyst now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "The thing that both Beijing and those of us who watch at all closely will be watching ...will the president be saying the 'C-word' -- China -- on a regular basis throughout the trip?"
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Saturday, 8:12 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) â Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Saturday, 8:10 PM
Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - The Atlanta Hawks surprised the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 101-93 in the opening game of their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Atlanta's Jeff Teague, an Indianapolis native, scored 28 points and handed out five assists to lead the Hawks to a victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The other Eastern Conference game on the opening day of the post-season also saw the visitors come out on top. Paul Pierce found his form in the final minutes, sparking the Brooklyn Nets to a 94-87 victory over the Raptors in Toronto.
Saturday, 8:05 PM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) â The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.
Saturday, 6:42 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) â A man suspected of making threatening statements about a shooting and forcing the lockdown of the Los Angeles Times building was being held Saturday for a mental health evaluation, police said... read more
Saturday, 6:39 PM
NEW YORK (AP) â A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor in an attack where young men called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police in New York City said Saturday... read more
Saturday, 5:40 PM
BEIJING (AP) â Global and Chinese automakers are looking to the Beijing auto show to help boost sales in a slowing, intensely competitive market.... read more
Saturday, 4:55 PM
By Judith E. Glaser Many MANAGEMENT GURUS, ACADEMICS, and CEOs are writing on change, yet there is a difference between theory and actual change. If you are entrusted to make change happen, run a division, have a strategic HR role, or are in the C-suite, think about what it takes to facilitate change. When successful change occurs, employees feel like authors not objects of change. They feel fully invested, accountable and energetic about the future, regardless of challenges. ...... read more
Saturday, 2:38 PM
St. Louis is already a city that has lost so many good-paying blue-collar jobs. Lyft and Uber are part of the Walmartization of America: part-time workers earning fast-food wages. These drivers are in a very real sense akin to scab workers, and like the companies they drive for, represent regression and not progression.
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By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday. A spokeswoman for the U.N. Children's Fund, also known as UNICEF, was not available to comment. The port city of Karachi is Pakistan's financial heart and home to 18 million people. Many neighborhoods are considered Taliban strongholds, including the area of Shorab Goth, which is near where the men were taken.... read more
Friday, 10:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) â People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.