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Ukraine's Shaky Truce, HSBC Free Fall, Oscar Speeches

UKRAINE TRUCE STILL SHAKY
An already shaky ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is threatening to collapse further after a blast killed two people yesterday at a march commemorating the first anniversary of former president Viktor Yanukovych’s ousting. Ukrainian authorities said they arrested four people who had been armed and trained in Russia, Reuters reports. Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces nevertheless exchanged prisoners over the weekend, as planned by the Minsk agreement 10 days ago. Kiev, however, said today that it couldn’t start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline as their opponents were still firing. Both sides are expected to start the withdrawal in the following days.

  • Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister told CBC Radio that Kiev was preparing for “full-scale war” against Russia and urged its western supporters to “stiffen up in the spine a little” and provide Ukrainian forces with lethal weapons “to defend ourselves.” U.S. Sen. John McCain, a fervent supporter of sending weapons to Kiev, made a similar plea on CBS’ Face The Nation. “I’m ashamed of my country. I’m ashamed of my president. And I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” he said.
  • A report in The Sunday Times featuring an interview with an elite soldier who has been training pro-Kiev forces claimed that six out of 10 casualties in the Ukrainian army, which consists mostly of volunteers and conscripts, were due to “friendly fire” and their “inability to handle weapons.” According to UN figures, close to 5,700 people have been killed since the conflict erupted last April.

GREECE TO PRESENT CRUCIAL REFORMS
The recently elected anti-austerity government in Greece has until tonight to present a list of reforms its international creditors will accept in order to secure a four-month bailout deal reached on Friday. According to Germany’s tabloid Bild, Athens is preparing to hit oligarchs as well as oil and cigarette smugglers with new measures against tax evasion. These could bring in an estimated $8.3 billion in new tax revenue. Read more from the BBC.

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“This Oscar belongs to all those people battling ALS,” said a euphoric Eddie Redmayne as he accepted the best actor award for his portrayal of disabled physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. Check out the other notable speeches on Radio Times and the complete list of winners in The Los Angeles Times.

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Seventy years ago today, the American flag was raised on Iwo Jima. Time for your 57-second shot of history.

FRANCE DEPLOYS AIRCRAFT CARRIER AGAINST ISIS
France has bolstered its participation in the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS with the deployment of its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Arabian/Persian Gulf for an eight-week mission, French newspaper Le Figaro reports. Last week, the Pentagon announced plans to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul in April or May. The timing of the aircraft carrier’s deployment suggests it might have a role to play in that operation.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

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YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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