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Obama to spell out message to Putin on former Soviet land WASHINGTON: Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin -- don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members.With Europe and the United States accusing the Russian president of sending his troops to intervene directly in Ukraine, Obama's trip to Europe, his second of the year, comes at a dangerous moment.Obama will make clear that NATO views its Article Five creed on common defense as inviolate, and his first visit as president to the Baltic states -- long seen as a potential flashpoint of any Western military clash with Russia -- is highly symbolic.The only other sitting president to visit Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia, the trio of former Soviet republics, was President George W. Bush, in 2006, when calm prevailed across former Cold War frontiers."There is a perception in Eastern ...

Enforced disappearances cannot be tolerated in 21st century: UN chief UNITED NATIONS: Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this 'abhorrent' practice."Enforced disappearance is a practice that cannot be tolerated in the twenty-first century," the secretary general said in a message to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which is observed annually on 30 August."This abhorrent practice ...
'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped WASHINGTON: To recline or not to recline? Airplane "legroom wars" are prompting growing rage in the United States, with two recent seat battles sparking a heated debate about the knee-bumping practice. Amid the furor, one thing everyone seems to agree on is that space on passenger planes is getting scarcer and scarcer.The question of reclining etiquette "has been a topic of discussion for many years," said Sarah Schlichter, editor in chief of"But the current ...
Mexico searches Grupo Mexico Buenavista mine offices in spill probe MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities on Friday searched the offices of Buenavista copper mine, which belongs to miner Grupo Mexico, as part of an investigation into a toxic spill that could cost the firm billions of pesos, the prosecutor's office said. Mexican officials are preparing to bring a lawsuit against Grupo Mexico, which released 40,000 cubic meters of toxic mining acid into the Bacanuchi River in the Northern state of Sonora earlier this month, Mexico's environmental ...
US judge lifts suspension on Microsoft overseas email seizure NEW YORK: A judge on Friday lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to US prosecutors. Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the US District Court in Manhattan had on July 31 upheld a magistrate judge's ruling on the emails, which have been held in a data centre in Ireland. That prospect had drawn concern from technology companies fearful of losing revenue from foreign customers worried ...
Obama to meet national security advisers on Iraq, Syria, Islamic State WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will meet his top national security advisers on Thursday to discuss the challenge presented by Islamic State militants and the situation in Iraq and Syria, the White House announced.Obama's meeting, with Vice President Joe Biden and members of his National Security Council, will take place at 4 p.m. EDT in the White House Situation Room.Obama is considering launching airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the beheading of American ...
Sister of Boston bomb suspects is arrested, charged in NY NEW YORK: A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was arrested Wednesday in New York on suspicion of making a bomb threat, police said.Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24 and a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, "was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment," a NYPD spokesman told AFP.She is a sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suspected of having carried out the April 2013 bombing which killed three and injured 264 people near the marathon's finish ...


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