Top lawmaker: Russia would welcome Crimea
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia rallied support Friday for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine, with a leader of Russia's parliament assuring her Crimean counterpart that the region would be welcomed as "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation." Across Red Square, 65,000 people waved Russian flags, chanting "Crimea is Russia!"...
Ukraine oligarchs get key posts in bid for unity
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- In a surprising move after Russia flexed its military might in the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine's new leadership has reached out to oligarchs for help - appointing them as governors in eastern regions where loyalties to Moscow are strong....
Guard: Pistorius told me 'everything is fine'
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius told a concerned security guard on the phone that everything was "fine" after neighbors reported gunshots coming from the athlete's house the night he shot dead his girlfriend, according to testimony in the South African murder trial Friday....
Militant grip transforms, terrorizes Syrian city
BEIRUT (AP) -- Once a vibrant, religiously mixed community, Syria's eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former self, terrorized by hard-line militants who have turned it into the nucleus of their vision for the Islamic caliphate they hope one day to establish in Syria and Iraq....
As US states allow pot sales, Dutch reverse course
MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) -- A young man at a bus stop hisses at a passer-by: "What you looking for ... marijuana?" It's a scene of street peddling that the Netherlands hoped to stamp out in the 1970s when it launched a policy of tolerating "coffee shops" where people could buy and smoke pot freely....
AP Interview: Karzai's brother on Afghan vote
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The elder brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday he dropped out of the country's April 5 presidential election to leave the field open to a candidate that he hoped would steer the nation through a "dignified" transition....
NKorea elections: 0 pct drama, 100 pct mandatory
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korean voters will make a choice Sunday when they elect a new national legislature, but not for a candidate. The ruling elite have already done that for them, and there's only one per district....
Colombian paramilitaries set for release
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- One veteran of Colombia's disbanded far-right militias admitted to ordering or taking part in at least 3,000 killings, mostly targeting leftists , and incinerating many of the corpses to destroy evidence....
Saudi Arabia names Brotherhood terrorist group
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group along with al-Qaida and others Friday, warning those who join them or support them they could face five to 30 years in prison....
Greek doctor convicted over anti-Jew sign
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- A Greek doctor was convicted of breaking anti-racism laws for putting up a "Jews not welcome" sign outside his office and given a 16-month suspended sentence Friday....
KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll Do you agree with Rutgers University's decision to stand by its invitation to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be this year's commencement speaker? <More Info>
Rutgers University professors and students are crying foul over the school's decision to invite former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at this year's commencement. The Faculty Council passed a resolution calling on the university's board of governors to rescind its invitation to Rice because of her role in the Iraq War and the Bush Administration's policy of enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding. The university says it will not rescind the invitation.
Do you agree that lawmakers should stand firmly behind their Commander-in-Chief and present a united front to the world during this international crisis?