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Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

Jan 30, 2015

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

A mother of seven has been accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian Embassy about Russian troop movements in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighboring state. Svetlana Davydova, 36, was arrested last week by a group ...

Jan 30, 2015

Vouchers and cyberfriends: new keys to good health?

Have doctors, therapy and pills had their day in helping to wean people off addiction? Shopping vouchers and online social networks may be powerful, modern tools to help people quit smoking and lose weight, two unusual experiments suggested Wednesday. Pregnant women promised vouchers were ...

Jan 30, 2015

Vatican to offer haircuts, shaves and showers to Rome's homeless

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter’s ...

Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: U.S.

Jan 30, 2015

Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: U.S.

The U.S. military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, which for the past six years has reported a ...

Jan 30, 2015

UNICEF seeks $3.1 billion aid for 'new generation' of crises

The U.N. children’s agency launched a record $3.1 billion aid appeal on Thursday to help 62 million children at risk from a “new generation” of humanitarian crises. The threats ranged from the brutal war in Syria that shows no sign of ending after nearly ...

Jan 30, 2015

Rights abuses fueled rise of Islamic militants: Human Rights Watch

Governments increasingly view human rights as “a luxury” they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine. Western powers, including the United States, are far from blameless and in some cases ...

'I'm not an enemy': Moscow exhibit showcases Gulag

Jan 30, 2015

'I'm not an enemy': Moscow exhibit showcases Gulag

Written on cigarette packs or scraps of newspaper, embroidered with a fish bone on shreds of cloth or scratched on birch bark, clandestine letters from the Soviet Gulag were composed by any means prisoners had. Now those desperate calls from people banished to the ...