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April 18 2014

From FP Passport Fri Apr 18 2014, 08:07:36

Major Powers Reach International Agreement on Ukraine

Top News: The United States, European Union, Russia, and Ukraine brokered an agreement in Geneva on Thursday to deescalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the deal could be undermined quickly as militant separatists in the east have said that they will not abide by the decision.

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South Sudan:   20 Killed in Raid On UN South Sudan Compound (news)
Voice of America
18 April 2014

Officials in South Sudan say gunmen have raided a United Nations compound housing 5,000 civilians and U.N. peacekeepers, killing at least 20 people and wounding 60. Officials say armed youths overran ... [read more]

April 17 2014

From FP Passport Thu Apr 17 2014, 19:40:42

Since peaking at more than $1,100 in late November, Bitcoin's trading value has fallen by half. On Wednesday, a Japanese court delivered a death blow to Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, which had collapsed after hackers stole a huge trove of the cryptocurrency from the company's servers. By denying the exchange's application to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, the court sent the exchange hurtling toward liquidation.

But for the Bitcoin faithful, the death knell for Mt. Gox isn't the end of Bitcoin -- it's just the end of amateur hour. "Mt. Gox was like a slow motion implosion," said Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Mt. Gox had struggled with funding, in the run-up to its shuttering, and many were skeptical about ...

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From FP Passport Thu Apr 17 2014, 16:48:19

Picture the platonic, if slightly exaggerated, ideal of a CEO: a focused leader of their subordinates, a relentless pursuer of profit -- that is, of course, unless he or she gets distracted along the way. Come to think of it, "sir CEO" has a really nice ring to it, doesn't it?

In a new paper, researchers Konrad Raff and Linus Siming found that CEOs were willing to let their firm's performance suffer for the sake of...a knighthood (or a damehood, if she happened to be a woman). Chief executives, it seems, actually forsake cutting costs or firing employees when presented with the possibility of the archaic honor -- the award of which might be hurt by, say, a round of ugly layoffs.

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From FP Passport Thu Apr 17 2014, 14:19:19

One of the pleasures in writing about Edward Snowden is his predilection for the absurd. The NSA whistleblower abandons his dancer girlfriend for a life in exile, hides in airports, studies Dostoyevsky, appears by teleconference at a technology conference in Texas, and even attempts to learn Russian to acclimate to his new home in Moscow. It's a delicious story, and on Thursday, Snowden delivered his latest morsel: He called in to Vladimir Putin's televised Q&A session with the Russian public.

True to form, Snowden asked the Russian strongman whether his government engages in practices similar to those the whistleblower has exposed at the NSA. Moreover, Snowden inquired, does Putin think that governments are justified in placing entire societies under surveillance rather than just targeting ...

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From FP Passport Thu Apr 17 2014, 09:18:21

Three Pro-Russian Protesters Killed in Clash with Ukrainian Security Forces

Ukraine: In the most lethal clash in eastern Ukraine so far, three pro-Russian protesters were killed in a firefight with Ukrainian security forces as they attempted to storm a base used by the Ukrainian National Guard near the city of Mariupol. Thirteen more were wounded and 63 taken prisoner, according to the interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, after a crowd of 300 protesters opened fire on the bases guards and Molotov cocktails.

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April 16 2014

From FP Passport Wed Apr 16 2014, 18:18:53

Nearly 300 people are feared missing after a huge ferry capsized and sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Carrying a group of high school students on a field trip from a high school outside Seoul, the ship was en route to Jeju, a Korean resort island known as the country's "Hawaii." Scores of rescue divers have descended on the ship, and it is feared that the death toll will rise sharply in coming days. Survivors say many people remain trapped on the ship's lower decks; 462 people were on board the ship, 281 of whom remain unaccounted for.

Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 people are thought to die in ferry accidents every year, according to Roberta Weisbrod, the executive director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association. While ferries in the developed world are by and large very ...

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From FP Passport Wed Apr 16 2014, 08:49:45

Hundreds Missing After Ferry Capsizes, Sinks off South Korea

Top news: Nearly 300 people, most of them high school students, are missing after a ferry en route to the resort island of Jeju sank off the southwestern coast of South Korea. At least three people are confirmed to have died.

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April 15 2014

From FP Passport Tue Apr 15 2014, 17:25:41

Over the past three days, officials in Kiev have fumed as pro-Russian activists seized government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities. They vowed to strike back, issued ultimatums for the activists to depart the buildings, and then let those deadlines lapse. On Tuesday, Kiev finally delivered on its threats.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov announced that his armed forces had launched an "anti-terrorist" operation against activists and gunmen who have seized government buildings and an airport. On cue, Ukrainian forces rolled east. And as has been the case throughout the Ukrainian protest -- from the revolts on the Maidan to the chaos in Crimea -- the whole thing played out on YouTube.

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From FP Passport Tue Apr 15 2014, 07:56:17

Ukraine Requests Peacekeepers as Crackdown in East Begins

Top News: Ukraine's interim president, Oleksander Turchinov, announced that the government had initiated a crackdown on pro-Russian separatists fomenting unrest in the country's east, but government forces have yet to try to retake occupied government buildings. The Kiev government on Monday requested support from U.N. peacekeepers to minimize violence, but the deployment of peacekeepers would have to be approved by the U.N. Security Council, where Russia would have the option to veto the decision. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov encouraged Kiev to show restraint ahead of diplomatic talks in Geneva on Thursday.

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April 14 2014

From FP Passport Mon Apr 14 2014, 18:06:51

If Russia decides to invade eastern Ukraine, extending its grip on its neighbor's territory from the Crimean peninsula to its eastern and southern provinces, how would it do so?

Since Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, the prospect of a full-fledged Russian invasion has gained new currency with Ukraine's government locked in a bitter stand-off with separatists in the country's east. Pro-Russian activists and gunmen have seized government buildings there, and while the government in Kiev has pledged to oust them, that ultimatum has so far gone unenforced.

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