Ukraine renews skirmishes with separatists

A pro-Russian activist stood guard at a roadblock after an attack by a Ukrainian army unit near Slovyansk, Ukraine.

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The day’s events buried already feeble hopes that a deal reached last Thursday in Geneva by diplomats might calm a crisis between Ukraine and Russia.

Relatives slapped Choi Sang-hwan, deputy head of the Korea Coast Guard, at a rescue command center Thursday.

Improperly stored cargo ferry design led to disaster

Prosecutors officially attributed the sinking of a South Korean ferry to an improper stowage of cargo and a loss of stability caused by a change in the vessel’s design.

After Palestinian ‘unity pact’ with Hamas, Israel halts talks

The government of Israel broke off US-brokered talks after Palestinian leaders announced a “unity pact” with one of the leading anti-Israel terrorist groups.

South Sudan massacre condemned at UN

The strongly worded Security Council statement deplored the killings last week in Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state.

3 Americans killed in attack on Kabul hospital

Three American medical staff members died when an Afghan security official opened fire Thursday at an American-run Christian hospital.

Court extends house arrest for Putin foe

A Moscow court decided Thursday to keep Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny under house arrest.

UK seeks to stop flow of youths to Syrian war

British counter-terrorism officials made a direct appeal to women to persuade family members not to take part in Syria’s civil war.


Thomas Gagen

// Mistakes in Watertown

Excessive gunfire by police could have endangered the public and may have led to Officer Donohue being hit by friendly fire.

Electing a new pope



After Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation, cardinals gathered in the Vatican to elect Pope Francis as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes


// A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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