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G7 threatens to intensify sanctions on Russia over Ukraine crisis

BRUSSELS — Group of seven (G7) leaders on Wednesday urged Russia to complete its troop withdrawal from the Ukrainian border, saying they stood ready to intensify targeted sanctions against Russia. The group of industrialized nations welcomed the May 25 election in Ukraine and Petro Poroshenko’s election as Ukraine’s new president, according to a statement issued …

Cameron: Russia needs to change stance on Ukraine or face isolation

BRUSSELS — Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) most industrialized nations must sent a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia faces further international isolation if Moscow continues meddling with Ukraine’s domestic affairs, British Prime Minister David Cameron said. “The G7 should send a clear message of support to Ukraine and a …

Assad wins Syrian elections with 88.7 percent of votes

DAMASCUS — In Syrian presidential elections, Bashar al-Assad, getting 10,319,723 votes which counts for 88.7 percent, was elected as Syrian president. Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham appeared on TV and declared results of the presidential elections, which indicated a landslide victory by Bashar al-Assad. The two other candidates received totally less than a million …

More than 70 percent of the world population lacks proper social protection

MANILA — A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) presents the latest social security trends and finds that most people are without adequate social protection at a time when it is most needed. More than 70 per cent of the world population is not adequately covered by social protection, says a new report …

Ukraine President faces tough realities at home

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president-elect will likely have little trouble wooing Western leaders, including President Barack Obama, when he travels to Poland and France this week – many have already hailed the rise of the pragmatic, Western-leaning leader. For Petro Poroshenko, who takes office on Saturday, the real task will be grappling with a pro-Russia …

LIBYA’S ROGUE GENERAL SURVIVES SUICIDE BOMBING

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan general who has been leading an offensive against Islamists dominating the country’s political scene survived a suicide attack on his residence in the eastern city of Benghazi on Wednesday, military officials said. The bomber drove up to the residence of Gen. Khalifa Hifter in Benghazi and detonated his explosives-laden vehicle …

Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. The 17-minute video, emailed to media, shows the moment of Bergdahl’s handover. …

6 militants killed; 3 Ukrainian troops injured

LUHANSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine have taken two government bases in battles around Luhansk, seizing quantities of ammunition and explosives from a border guards post and taking another installation after National Guard forces ran out of ammunition. Officials said in a statement Wednesday that six militants were killed and three Ukrainian servicemen …

Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton

NEW YORK — A Virginia fossils dealer was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison even after a prosecutor described his cooperation with law enforcement in heroic terms, saying he enabled more than 18 largely complete dinosaur fossils to be located, enough for Mongolia to open its first dinosaur museum. Eric Prokopi, 39, was sentenced …

Apple expands into health, home with new software

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people’s increasingly digital lives. The new tools for tracking health and controlling household appliances are part of updated operating systems …

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