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John Kerry: Steps Agreed On For Easing Ukraine Tensions

AP | Mollie Reilly | April 17, 2014 | Politics
GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine. He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on...

China's Rejection Of GMO Corn Has Cost U.S. Up To $2.9 Billion

Reuters | Nick Visser | April 17, 2014 | Green
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA)...

Nearly 16 Percent Of China's Soil Is Polluted, Government Says

Reuters | Nick Visser | April 17, 2014 | Green
BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) - A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday. China is desperate to tackle the impact of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation on its food supplies, with the aim of...

Russia: Agreement On Steps To Calm Tensions In Ukraine

AP | AP | April 17, 2014 | World
GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The tentative agreement puts on hold — for now at least — additional economic sanctions the West had prepared to impose...

Orangutan Injured By Poachers, Makes Charming Recovery

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | April 17, 2014 | Canada Impact
Saved from the clutches of poachers, this handsome hulk is on the mend — and appears serenely grateful for the assistance. According to the UK's Daily Mail, the 14-year-old orangutan had metal pellets removed from his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre on Wednesday.

Ukrainian Billionaire Puts Bounty On Head Of Russian 'Saboteurs'

Reuters | Eline Gordts | April 17, 2014 | World
By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV, April 17 (Reuters) - A billionaire regional governor in eastern Ukraine put a $10,000 bounty on the head of any Russian "saboteur" on Thursday and pledged a reward for the Ukrainian troops who shot protesters at their base overnight. Aides to banking and...

Cannes Film Festival Doubles Female Directors To Compete For Palme d'Or

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | April 17, 2014 | Entertainment
The Cannes 2014 lineup features more films directed by woman than it did in the past two years, and has doubled the number of female-directed films that will compete for the Palme d'Or from last year. In 2014, there will be two female-directed films presented for the top award --...

Stunning Photos Of Christians Observing Holy Week Around The World

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | April 17, 2014 | Religion
The Christian Holy Week begins every year on Palm Sunday and culminates with Easter the following Sunday. It is a time of worship and reflection on Jesus' journey into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, his crucifixion and his ultimate resurrection as portrayed in the Christian gospels. Observances for...

New The Who Album Could Be Coming In Wake Of World Tour

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | April 17, 2014 | Entertainment
In honor of The Who's 50th anniversary, the band is embarking on a world tour, beginning in the U.K. around Christmas time, and then making their way to North America in 2015. "It will be a world tour," Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend told Billboard. "I'm not...

LGBT Community Continues To Fight For Legislative Protection In Guyana

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | April 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
Guyana, a small South American country hugging Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname, remains adamant in its lack of protection for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. While there have been minor legislative triumphs there, same-sex sexual acts are still very much illegal and punishable by imprisonment. At the end...

Somali Refugees Tell Syrian Children: You Are Not Alone (PHOTOS)

Charlotte Alfred | April 17, 2014 | World
Three years into the conflict in Syria, more than 5 million of the country's children are living as refugees -- often in the most dire of circumstances. This week, however, some of Syria's refugee children found a wellspring of compassion from an unlikely source. Somali youth living...

U.S. To Send Additional Military Support To Ukraine

Reuters | Eline Gordts | April 17, 2014 | World
WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - The United States will send additional non-lethal military support to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, in the latest U.S. move to reassure allies following Russia's annexation of Crimea and a buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. "Earlier this morning...

Mexican Mayor Arrested For Extortion, Connection With Drug Cartels

AP | Ana Benedetti | April 17, 2014 | Latino Voices
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico arrested the mayor of a city that once served as a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel on charges that he helped the gang extort money from city council members. Prosecutors in Michoacan state said late Tuesday that they arrested Uriel...

Theater Hits The Streets In Rough Mexican Area

AP | Ana Benedetti | April 17, 2014 | Latino Voices
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers. But a theater project led by one of Mexico's best-known actors has been taking middle-class audiences into the lives of...

Maundy Thursday Observed In Philippines With Ritual Whippings As Penance (Graphic PHOTOS)

Yasmine Hafiz | April 17, 2014 | Religion
Many Catholics in the Philippines performed a particularly intense form of penitence on Maundy Thursday as part of annual Holy Week observances that involve self-flagellation. Though Catholic bishops have officially discouraged the practice, devotees perform this penance as a form of supplication and worship, many believing that it will cleanse...

Vladimir Putin Says Alaska Is Too Cold To Annex

Shadee Ashtari | April 17, 2014 | Politics
Russian President Vladimir Putin quashed the possibility that Russia would annex Alaska while on a question-and-answer call-in show Thursday, adding that the former Russian colony is cold, too. Amid rising Russian nationalism after the president’s annexation of Crimea, Putin responded to an audience...

Confusion Over The Fate Of Schoolgirls Kidnapped In Nigeria

Nick Robins-Early | April 17, 2014 | World
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. "Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of...

Tampa Singer's Canada National Anthem Is A Trainwreck (VIDEO)

Christian Cotroneo | April 17, 2014 | Canada Music
Apparently, it isn't all French to this guy. At Wednesday's tilt between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, anthem singer Max DeFrancesco seems to inexplicably bring Italian into the mix — while singing sweet nothings to a capacity crowd. What's he singing about anyway? The organ, at least rings...

Ukraine Will Restrict Entry Of Russian Men

Reuters | April 17, 2014 | World
KIEV/MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Thursday it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country, where separatist rebellions have broken out, prompting Moscow to threaten retaliation. The Kiev government, which has accused Moscow of stirring up trouble in the largely Russian-speaking...

Malala Portrait Expected To Fetch $80,000 For Charity

Eleanor Goldberg | April 17, 2014 | Impact
A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, is expected to fetch up to $80,000 for her charity when it is auctioned in New York next month.By Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain's leading portrait painters, the oil on canvas has been on display...
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