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Ferry captain says evacuation was delayed for lack of rescue ships | World news | thegu... - 0 views

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    "During his police arraignment, during which he stood, head bowed, in a hooded raincoat, Lee was asked by TV reporters why passengers had been ordered to remain in their seats and cabins for more than 40 minutes after the ferry first sent a distress signal just before 9am local time on Wednesday."
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U.S. sanctions on Russia over Ukraine would buy negotiating power - The Washington Post - 0 views

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The EU hesitates to act over Ukraine | GlobalPost - 0 views

  • On Monday, foreign ministers from the 28 European Union countries filed out of a day-long meeting in Luxembourg to assure journalists that the bloc's position was "clear" and "strong" in response to the takeover of government buildings in several Ukrainian cities by armed units loyal to Russia.

    However, they announced no concrete action against the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin beyond a pledge that an unspecified number of names would be added to a list of 33 Russian and Ukrainian figures currently banned from traveling to the EU and subjected to a freeze on their assets in Europe.

  • Stefan Meister, an expert in EU-Russia relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the group’s reaction to the latest escalation is consistent with its response throughout the crisis. “It's just not sufficient. It's the minimum,” he says.

    "EU member states can’t agree on serious sanctions on Russia," he said in a telephone interview from his office in Berlin. "They have economic interests in Russia and they can agree on neither energy sanctions nor financial sanctions, that's the problem

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Ukraine Invasion Unlikely as Russia Achieves Goals: General - NBC News.com - 0 views

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    "Russia has staged tanks, fighter jets and an estimated 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. But don't expect them to charge across and start a conventional war - Russia is already achieving what it wants by causing chaos.

    That's the read from a retired Army general.

    "I think Putin's smarter than to have an invasion," Gen. Montgomery Meigs told NBC News, referring to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. "He has the whip hand with all his special-ops guys running around firing up the Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine.""
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Exclusive: Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine - The Daily Beast - 0 views

  • But already there are signs that the proposal will not be terribly bold. In an interview published on March 30 with the Los Angeles Times, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said bluntly that there were no plans to increase American force strength in Europe and that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States would not intervene militarily.
  • To date, the only military aid the United States has approved for Ukraine is 300,000 meals ready to eat. U.S. defense officials say Breedlove favors also providing Ukraine’s military with more secure communications equipment and other assets to assist its command and control capabilities in the field.

    A Senate staff member who works closely on Ukraine and European security issues said: “When we went into Iraq we were able to establish tactical surprise. We still maintained tactical surprise. Breedlove is saying, ‘look at what Russia is doing. This is strategic build up of forces.’ He is saying this is the playbook we did in Iraq. He doesn’t want the Russians to have tactical surprise like we did.”

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Tsunami alert: New poll shows ObamaCare driving voters | NEWS.GNOM.ES - 0 views

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    "How big is ObamaCare in this year's midterms? More than 80 percent of respondents in a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for USA Today said that a candidate's stance on the troubled health law is important to them, with 54 percent saying it is "very important." The worst news for Democrats is that among the majority of registered voters who said the law was "very important," there were twice as many opponents as there were supporters. Overall, support for the signature Obama initiative, which pairs expanded welfare and entitlement programs with far-reaching regulations on health insurance, fell to 37 percent. That's the lowest level since the summer after the law was passed in 2010 when incumbents' town halls across the country erupted with ObamaCare outrage. The takeaway: The electoral climate this year is defined by ObamaCare and the forecast is getting worse for Democrats.

    "If you don't care about Obamacare, you're less likely to vote. If you think Obamacare is good, it's not a big issue for you. But if you think it's bad, it's an intense one." - Republican Senate campaign committee Chairman Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., talking to USA Today."
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Admiral Warns that Risk of Nuclear Conflict Is Growing | Washington Free Beacon - 0 views

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    "Russia is engaged in a large-scale buildup of strategic nuclear forces that has been underway for a decade, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) told Congress on Wednesday."
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US, Russia exchange threats at tense UN meeting - The Times of India - 0 views

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    "Russia and the United States exchanged threats on Wednesday at a tense UN security council meeting over the Ukraine crisis, with the Russian envoy saying the US ambassador's "insults'' are jeopardizing Moscow's willingness to cooperate with Washington on other diplomatic matters."
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UAE Armed Forces join search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 | The National - 0 views

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    "A search unprecedented in its scale is now under way for the plane, covering an area stretching from the shores of the Caspian Sea in the north to deep in the southern Indian Ocean and involving more than 25 countries including the Emirates and Oman."
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