A Ukrainian delegation led by acting PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk will discuss the domestic political situation in Ukraine during a visit to the United States, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola this Tuesday released a capitally convicted prisoner who had been serving 30 years on a false charge. Upon his release, Glenn Ford could not hold back emotions, he told reporters about how strange it was for him to know that during his stay in captivity his children had grown up and brought up their own children.
Russian alpine skier Alexandra Frantseva has won gold medal in slalom, visually impaired, at the Paralympic Games, and brought the 12th gold medal to the Russian team in Sochi. Silver now belongs to Britian’s Jade Etherington, who lost 0.65 seconds to Frantseva; bronze belongs to Slovakian Henrietta Farkasova.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius have discussed Ukraine on the phone, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "The French side initiated a telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister S. Lavrov and Foreign Minister of the French Republic L. Fabius on March 11 to discuss the situation in Ukraine and around Crimea," says a report posted on the ministry website on Wednesday. "The ministers agreed to stay in touch," the ministry said.
The Crimean authorities have limited arrivals in the Simferopol airport in order to keep provocateurs out, Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said. "Bearing in mind the possible influx of provocateurs, we have limited plane arrivals. The measure will be discriminative; all limitations will be lifted after March 17 and the airport will resume its normal operation," he said.
Moscow and Tehran "have reached a preliminary agreement on the construction of at least two new nuclear power units in Iran." The Iranian national news agency IRNA reported this on Wednesday with reference to Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesperson for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
A Yemeni inmate at Guantanamo Bay is taking on the military’s practice of force-feeding hunger strike participants. Emad Abdullah Hassan, who has reportedly been on a continuous hunger strike since 2007, filed suit Tuesday against President Obama, alleging that the force-feeding he and fellow inmates had endured was "inhumane."
There are small signs of encouragement in Michael Schumacher's condition but the former Formula 1 star still faces a long fight to recover after suffering brain damage in a skiing accident, his agent said on Wednesday. "We are and remain confident that Michael will pull through and will wake up," his agent and spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said in a written statement.
Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs voiced protest over a statement made by the Russian Foreign Ministry saying that the declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol is lawful. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said this in a statement.
Malaysian Air Force command has dismissed media reports saying that the Boeing 777-200, before it disappeared, had been located by military radars over the Strait of Malacca March 7. Reuters news agency reported about the disproof statement on Wednesday.
One of the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis is the direct confrontation between US and Russia, drawn in the conflict as the main participants. Though, in fact, the contradictions among Ukrainian people in respect of their future originate from the disagreement about EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Only Ukrainians themselves, without any interference, can decide on the country’s internal affairs and resolve the conflict, said Neil MacFarlane, Professor of International Relations at St Anne's College.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has discussed the Ukrainian situation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the phone, the Belarusian presidential press service said. "President of the Republic of Belarus A. Lukashenko and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation today," the press service said.
Moscow's Basmanny court Wednesday sustained a motion to arrest the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist organization Right Sector in absentia. Dmytro Yarosh is incriminated crimes under Part 2, Article 205.2 of the Russian Criminal code: public calls for terrorist activities and extremism realized with the use of mass media.
The head of the United Nation's refugee agency said on Tuesday it must be ready in case Ukraine's crisis causes refugees to flee Crimea, but his biggest worry is that "a total disaster" could occur if the international community diverts its attention away from Syria's conflict. Antonio Guterres, the head of the UN's High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), said in an interview that little progress was being made in efforts by the United States and Russia, now at loggerheads over Ukraine, to bring Syria's warring sides together after the collapse of talks in Geneva last month.
The United Nations is facing a huge new lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after 1,500 Haitian victims and their family members sued the international body in a federal court in Brooklyn in a class action. The lawsuit filed in US District Court in New York's Eastern District also seeks to force the UN to bring sanitation and clean water to the Haitian communities in areas affected by the outbreak which started in October 2010.
More than 80 Russian cultural figures have signed a letter in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position on Ukraine and Crimea, the website of Russia’s Ministry of Culture reports.
As the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 deepens and investigators remain baffled, a senior official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines speculated that the plane's disappearance could be the result of pilot suicide. "This unprecedented missing aircraft mystery — as you can put it — it is mystifying," Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation, said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Students and opponents of the Venezuelan government have called a new rally for Wednesday to mark a month of protests in Caracas, as the death toll from demo-related violence reached 21. Students throwing rocks and homemade firebombs clashed late Tuesday with police who tried to disperse them with tear gas and water cannon. No injuries were immediately reported.
Ben Emmerson, the UN rapporteur monitoring counter-terrorist operations by unmanned aircraft, says that the UK’s squadron of 10 Reaper drones, which is now dislocated in Afghanistan, is unlikely to return to the UK after the international military contingent is fully withdrawn from Afghanistan. Most likely, the squadron will be redeployed to Africa and the Middle East to be used against jihadists there. The drones will be based in countries like Nigeria or Djibouti.
The US is now trying to punish Putin for what is happening in Crimea, says Melvin Goodman, former CIA analyst and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington DC and Adjunct Professor of International Security and Government at Johns Hopkins University. However, the situation is irreversible and Washington needs to change its approach to finding a solution to the crisis in the country to avoid its expansion. In his interview to the Voice of Russia Goodman said that there is a room for maneuver, although each side will need certain guarantees.