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Crimean Parliament Passes ‘Declaration Of Independence’

Crimean Parliament Passes ‘Declaration Of Independence’"Crimea's regional legislature on Tuesday adopted a 'declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,' " The Associated Press reports. "The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favor of joining Russia."

Will Blood Be Shed In Crimea Before Diplomacy Can Work?

Will Blood Be Shed In Crimea Before Diplomacy Can Work?Russia continues to try to wrest control of Crimea from Ukraine and now has an estimated 20,000 troops there, Bloomberg News reports.

Ukraine: Military Standoffs And High Tensions Reported

Ukraine: Military Standoffs And High Tensions ReportedMembers of pro-Russian forces and Ukraine's military have engaged in several tense standoffs in the largely autonomous region of Crimea, but they have also avoided violence in what's widely seen as a dangerous and uncertain situation. Diplomats are still working to find a possible solution.

Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea

Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By CrimeaOne day after President Obama condemned steps taken by Crimea's parliament to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, Russian lawmakers are welcoming such a move by Crimean separatists.

‘We Are Ready To Protect Our Country,’ Ukrainian Leader Says

‘We Are Ready To Protect Our Country,’ Ukrainian Leader SaysWhile conceding that his nation can't come close to the military power of Russia, the interim prime minister of Ukraine said Thursday that "we are ready to protect our country" if Russia does not stop its "military aggression" in Crimea.

‘The Fact Is These Are Russian Forces,’ Says Ukraine’s Ambassador To U.S.

‘The Fact Is These Are Russian Forces,’ Says Ukraine’s Ambassador To U.S.Despite what Russia's President Vladimir Putin might say, the country's approach to Ukraine is a "gross violation of international law," says Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S., Olexander Motsyk.

National Council Of La Raza Dubs Obama ‘Deporter-In-Chief’

National Council Of La Raza Dubs Obama ‘Deporter-In-Chief’The nation's largest Latino advocacy organization is taking its gloves off against one of its traditional allies.

U.S., EU Threaten Russia With Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S., EU Threaten Russia With Sanctions Over UkraineThe United States and the European Union are threatening Moscow with sanctions over Russia's move to dispatch troops into Ukrainian territory.

Boy Scouts’ Ban On Gay Leaders Leads Disney To End Grants

Boy Scouts’ Ban On Gay Leaders Leads Disney To End GrantsThe Boy Scouts of America are facing more fallout over their ban on openly gay leaders — this time from Walt Disney World, which has cut off funding through its employee volunteer program.

13 Workers Exposed To Radiation At N.M. Nuclear Waste Dump

13 Workers Exposed To Radiation At N.M. Nuclear Waste DumpOfficials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico have disclosed that 13 employees inhaled radioactive material after a major accident earlier this month.