Monthly archives: March 2014

Ukraine claims 100,000 Russian troops near border

Washington (AFP) – Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine’s border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates. “Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction … of Kharkiv, Donetsk, ” Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine’s national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev. “Russian troops are not in Crimea […]

Cold War Echoes Under the Arctic Ice

With tensions rising between Russia and Western powers, the U.S. held submarine exercises in the Arctic Ocean – the body of water where the Russian and U.S. subs are likeliest to encounter each other. Via The Foreign Bureau, WSJ’s global news update.   BENEATH THE ARCTIC OCEAN—Five hundred feet below the Arctic ice cap, the USS New Mexico’s crew filled two torpedo tubes. “Match sonar bearings and shoot,” ordered the […]

As it happened: MH370 search resumes

Search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumed on Wednesday following improved weather conditions The Kuala Lumpur-Beijing airliner disappeared on 8 March with 239 people on board  Malaysia’s acting transport minister said 122 “potential objects” had been seen around 2,557km from Perth based on new French satellite images  The plane is presumed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean with no survivors Six countries – Australia, New Zealand, […]

Four years after she was told she would never walk again, Amy Paradis takes her first steps with the help of a bionic exoskeleton

In Pic :Left: The Ekso Bionics bionic suit weighs about 20 kilos. Right: Using the suit, Amy Paradis walks for the first time since 2009. The first thing Amy Paradis did Monday morning was stand up. Then her lip began to tremble and she cried, and then her Mom and her trainer and everybody else in the room cried. They just broke right down. Sobbing. Heaving. Leaking out tears of […]

Beaten, raped, tortured and starved: The shocking fate of Eastern European sex trafficking victims revealed

As many as 25,000 Moldovans fall prey to trafficking gangs each year Of those, 42% are thought to be children according to the IMO Author Stela Brinzeanu met trafficking victims while researching new novel Bessarabian Nights follows two friends as they hunt for a trafficked girl Victoria avoids all eye contact. Her gaze alternates between boring into the ground and scouring the horizon out the window. Her right foot taps […]

North Korea ups stakes with latest missile launch

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Two North Korean mid-range missile launches detected by the South Korean military If confirmed, Rodong launch would be the first since 2009 Launch comes amid joint U.S.-R.O.K military exercises and three-way summit in The Hague Incident only the latest chapter in DPRK’s sparring with neighbors North Korea is back to its old ways, it seems. South Korea’s military has reported that its reclusive northern neighbor test-fired two medium-range ballistic […]

Missing flight MH370: now the plane is 'lost', what next?

Without any confirmed sighting, the mystery of what happened to MH370 is very much unresolved. So what happens next? In Pic :Najib Razak delivers his statement on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan /AFP/Getty Images The announcement by Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak that MH370 is assumed to have crashed into the southern Indian ocean, with no survivors, had a degree of finality to […]

Train jumps tracks, 32 hurt at Chicago's O'Hare airport

STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: There are “indications” the train’s driver dozed off, union official says Almost all of the 32 people hurt have been released from hospitals, official says Video from the train and station wil be examined by investigators Blue Line train passes end of line, moves up escalator A federal investigator said he’s never seen a train climb an escalator like the one that jumped the tracks at Chicago’s O’Hare […]

Flight 370: Storm of emotions over lives 'lost' as storm at sea delays search

Flight MH370: ‘All lives are lost’ STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: “It’s almost felt like a miniature roller coaster within the day” Nasty weather forces officials to call off Tuesday’s search for the plane Prime Minister says analysis of satellite data shows the plane went down in the Indian Ocean “They have told us all lives are lost,” a relative of a missing passenger tells CNN For families whose loved ones were […]