WORLD: Putin cools tensions in Ukraine, Kerry in Kiev

By Wed, Mar 05, 2014 10:32AM UTC

MOSCOW (AP) — Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Tuesday that Russia has no intention “to fight the Ukrainian people” but reserved the right to use force.

WORLD: US and Europe try to rally Western front vs Russia

By Tue, Mar 04, 2014 11:11AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S and allies are trying to rally a Western front strong enough to persuade Russia to step back from a military takeover of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. But several major allies acknowledge there are few options beyond already-threatened economic and diplomatic penalties.

Michele Obama plans 1st visit to China this month

By Tue, Mar 04, 2014 10:53AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama plans a weeklong solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China’s first lady and high school and university students.

Thailand: Will the Yingluck government cease to be a caretaker government soon?

By Tue, Mar 04, 2014 10:00AM UTC

Front page of the Bangkok Post yesterday: Today, the 30-day deadline since the Feb 2 general election will have lapsed without the first lower House session having convened, as legally required. The Election Commission (EC) could not endorse the results of at least 95% of the total 500 elected MPs

Chinese media outlet uses racial slur at US envoy

By Mon, Mar 03, 2014 10:44AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China.