February 21, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - This has been a tough week for the Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics. Sports have seemed far less important amid reports of bloody clashes between the government and opposition demonstrators back home. So Valj Semerenko could be forgiven for crying on the podium as she and her teammates received gold medals for their upset victory in the 4x6K biathlon relay Friday night. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "I tried to calm down and was trying to hide it behind my skis," she said.
February 20, 2014 |
A deadly confrontation in the Ukrainian capital eased, at least temporarily, late Wednesday when the government announced that it had reached a truce with opposition protesters who continue to occupy a square in central Kiev. The truce announcement came after a tense day in which the government warned that it was launching an "anti-terrorist operation" and President Viktor Yanukovich replaced the armed forces chief, who reportedly had been reluctant to use the army against civilian protesters.
February 20, 2014 |
Growing political violence in the Ukraine has placed the U.S. soccer team's March 5 friendly in Kharkiv in doubt, although team officials remain tight-lipped about what alternatives they are exploring. The March date is the only FIFA international fixture day before the deadline to set World Cup rosters, meaning it represents the only opportunity for U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann to call up the players he hopes will form the core of his team in Brazil this summer. But the situation in Ukraine has grown worse in recent days with the country teetering on the brink of civil war. Reports say at least 70 people , most of them anti-government protesters, were killed in central Kiev on Thursday despite a truce between the opposition and forces under the control of President Victor Yanukovich.
February 17, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - Twenty years after their countries signed a landmark regional trade agreement, the presidents of the United States, Mexico and Canada will meet this week to attempt to strengthen the economic ties envisioned in that pact, correct the omissions and find ways to expand. Trade and commerce are expected to dominate the agenda when President Obama meets with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts - President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Stephen Harper - in the Mexican city of Toluca, just west of Mexico City, on Wednesday.
February 12, 2014 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Nine members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed execution-style at a house on the outskirts of this troubled provincial capital, in the latest violence to mar the Pakistani government's effort to open peace talks with outlawed Islamist militants. Police said most of the victims were members of the same family, which had belonged to a local committee that helped law enforcement agencies track and thwart the movements of militant groups in the area. The militias were established in 2008 after a surge in militant activity in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, with authorities providing guns and ammunition to volunteers who conducted patrols in their areas.
February 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A former Salvadoran general accused of overseeing the torture and killing of thousands of civilians during a 12-year civil war appealed a U.S. deportation order Thursday on the grounds that his nation's anti-communist campaign was backed and funded by the American government. An attorney for Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was El Salvador's defense minister and leader of the National Guard in the 1980s, repeatedly cited the U.S. support for his country's right-wing government during its war against leftist guerrillas.