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Pentagon shows off life-size robot

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a firsthand look at a life-size robot Tuesday that resembles Hollywood’s Terminator, the latest experiment by the Pentagon’s high-tech researchers. But unlike the cinematic version, the hulking Atlas robot is designed not as a warrior, but as a humanitarian machine that would rescue victims ...

Apr 23, 2014

The Ukrainian conflict takes its toll in the east

On April 15, eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk was surrounded by Ukrainian troops attempting regain control of its territories. Five days later, there were casualties, the first in the conflict between locals and military supporters of the radical right wing.

Iran leader's wife gets flak for party

Apr 23, 2014

Iran leader's wife gets flak for party

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, already under pressure from conservatives for his tentative opening to the West, was criticized Tuesday for what his opponents called a “lavish ball” thrown by the first lady. Held in a palace of the deposed Shah Mohammad Reza, in wealthy ...

U.S. journalist held by militants in eastern Ukraine

Apr 23, 2014

U.S. journalist held by militants in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday they were holding an American journalist in the city of Slovyansk and the online news site Vice News said it was trying to secure the safety of its reporter Simon Ostrovsky. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slovyansk ...

Apr 22, 2014

Biden: Russia must 'stop talking and start acting'

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that “it’s time to stop talking and start acting” to reduce tension in Ukraine. Standing alongside acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Biden called on Moscow to encourage pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine to vacate ...

U.S. troops in Afghanistan may fall below 10,000

Apr 22, 2014

U.S. troops in Afghanistan may fall below 10,000

The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 — the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces — as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say. Since Afghanistan’s ...

Apr 22, 2014

Syria in chemical arms query again

The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian government was responsible, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. “We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical” ...

Apr 22, 2014

Russia bans Tatar leader from Crimea

A leading figure in the Crimean Tatar minority has been barred by Russia from returning to the peninsula following its annexation by Moscow, the Tatar community’s assembly said Tuesday. In an online statement, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People said Mustafa Dzhemilev, a ...