Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

Apr 18, 2014

Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison. Telling Walter Unbehaun he ...

Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors

Apr 18, 2014

Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors

Weibo Corp. executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm’s debut at Nasdaq’s New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail. ...

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

Apr 18, 2014

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Russia’s pledge to refrain from further ...

Apr 16, 2014

TPP talks with U.S. forge on

With U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo approaching, Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs are set to face off again in Washington as they strive to break a deadlock in talks on a massive free trade zone in the Pacific region. Trade observers say ...

German firm gives nation gas lifeline

Apr 16, 2014

German firm gives nation gas lifeline

German utility company RWE said Tuesday it has started sending natural gas to Ukraine — a move that could support the country if Russia acts on its threat to cut off supplies because of a massive debt for past deliveries. The reverse-flow deliveries from ...

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Options dwindle as Ukraine crisis heats up

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union plan to meet in Geneva Thursday to try to defuse what has become one of the worst European security crises in decades. But as tensions soar to dangerous levels in Ukraine, threatened ...