A Ukrainian boxing champion, famous for his politics as he is for his punch, has emerged as a presidential contender and a central opposition leader in the wake of this week's anti-government protests.
Vitali Klitschko, 42, has rallied protesters massing in the nation's capital of Kiev since Sunday. The boxing champ, a member of the pro-Western party Udar (meaning Punch in English), is encouraging Ukrainians to continue peaceful protest to promote Western democracy and government reform, he said in an…
As protests continued to rock Ukraine Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stressed to a visiting Ukrainian delegation that “it’s really important to have stability and order” in Ukraine, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
The protests began last month after the government abruptly suspended trade negotiations with the European Union amid opposition from Russia. Since then, the demonstrations have evolved into some of the heaviest unrest since the country’s Orange Revolution nearly a decade ago.
(UNITED NATIONS) — The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons says preparations are on track to move the most dangerous chemical agents from sites in the war-torn country to the port of Latakia but there are serious security issues on key roads.
Sigrid Kaag told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council Wednesday "there are factors beyond our control" that could affect the ambitious schedule to destroy Syria's entire chemical weapons program by mid-2014.
The 14-year-old accused of raping and murdering his high school teacher pleaded not guilty in a Massachusetts court Wednesday.
Philip D. Chism was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and as a youthful offender with armed robbery and aggravated rape in connection with the murder of popular Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer on Oct. 22.
Chism, shackled at the ankles at his arraignment Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to murder.
Thursday is the 80th birthday of the repeal of prohibition in 1933, a day that should be heartily celebrated across the country. To give martini aficionado Franklin D. Roosevelt and the 21st amendment a proper "thanks," we decided to make a list of 80 reasons why drinking alcohol is the greatest.
Let's see if you can make it all the way through without grabbing a drink.
(BEIJING) — Giving no ground, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traded strong arguments Wednesday over China's contentious new air defense zone, with little indication of progress toward defusing a situation that is raising anxieties across Asia and beyond.
Though Biden made clear the deep concern of the U.S. and other countries during the 5 ½ hours of talks — themselves highly unusual for an American vice president and Chinese president — Xi vigorously made his case, too, for China's declaration of new rules concerning a strip of airspace more than 600 miles long above disputed islands in the East China Sea.
The world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit during a ceremony in New York City Wednesday night. This year's tree, a 75-year-old Norway spruce, is illuminated by 45,000 rainbow LEDs and features a 550 lbs., 9.5-foot-wide Swarovski crystal star on top.
That's just a bit more impressive than Rockefeller Center's first Christmas tree, a 40-footer with a measly 700 lights.
On Tuesday, Britain's authorities vowed to crack down on human traffickers, after the case of three women forced into 30 years of servitude in a South London home swung a spotlight on the pervasiveness of modern-day slavery.
"We all know that there are countless more examples of this hidden crime at this very second, in this very country," Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May told an international women's rights conference.
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A Georgia homeowner who shot and killed a 72-year-old man he thought was an intruder has reignited debate over controversial “stand your ground" laws.
A week after the slaying, a Georgia sheriff's department is debating whether to take legal action in a case where one of the scrutinized self-defense laws may play a role in the prosecutor's decision. Georgia's "stand your ground" law dates back to 2006, and states that a person has no duty to retreat and can use deadly force if there is reason to believe their lives or property are endangered.