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Ukraine And Russia Talk, Mudslide Update, Storks In Love

In Beijing, a mourner faints at news of Malaysian Airlines plane's demise
In Beijing, a mourner faints at news of Malaysian Airlines plane's demise

Ukraine’s Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Andrii Deshchytsia met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a nuclear meeting in The Hague, Netherlands, Itar-Tass reports. This is the first bilateral meeting between Ukrainian and Russian officials in recent weeks, and a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said this was a positive sign, although she expressed concern over the massing of troops along the Ukrainian border.

  • News agency Interfax reports that the Parliament in Kiev accepted the resignation of the country’s acting Defense Minister Ihor Teniukh, a member of the neo-Nazi Svoboda party, after it was rejected by a first vote. According to AFP, Teniukh resigned over his handling of the Crimea crisis. He is replaced by Gen. Mykhailo Koval.

  • Ukraine’s Interior Ministry announced that Oleksandr Muzychko, a leader of the far-right nationalist Right Sector movement, was killed in a police operation. According to Itar-Tass, he was responsible for the death of 20 Russian soldiers. RT reports that the extremist group said they considered the acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov responsible for the death of their leader and would avenge it.

  • Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is coming under fire after she called for Russians to be killed with an atomic weapon in a recorded phone conversation that was leaked on YouTube. Tymoshenko, who said she would run in the upcoming presidential election, admitted the recording was authentic but claimed that passages were edited to make it appear overtly anti-Russian. Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty describes the revelation as Tymoshenko’s “Nuland moment,” a reference to the Assistant U.S. Secretary of State’s rant against the EU.

Washington state officials say that at least 176 people are still unaccounted for three days after a massive mudslide that is thought to have killed at least 14 near the small town of Oso, The Seattle Timesreports. Describing the search conditions, a fire district chief said “in areas it’s like quicksand. Sometimes it takes five minutes to walk 40 or 50 feet and get our equipment over these berms.”

Families of Chinese passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 gathered outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to protest against “cover-up and mishandling of the disaster by Malaysian authorities,” South China Morning Postreports. This came after Malaysian Airlines told relatives of the passengers by text message that they now “assumed beyond any reasonable doubt” that the aircraft had crashed in the South Indian Ocean and that there were no survivors.

According to AP, China demanded that Malaysia hand over the data that led to this conclusion. It is still unclear why the plane was flying in that direction instead of its planned destination of Beijing. Meanwhile, the search for the aircraft was suspended because of bad weather and is due to resume tomorrow.

Afghanistan’s election headquarters in Kabul was hit by a suicide bomb, followed by an attack from gunmen believed to be Taliban members, AFP reports. Initial reports suggested the home of presidential favorite Ashraf Ghani, located near the office, was the target. Earlier this month, the Taliban vowed to disrupt the April 5 presidential election and to attack poll offices and staff.

A sailor and a civilian were killed late Monday in a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the biggest naval base in the world, AP reports. No other injuries were reported and no suspects have been taken into custody.


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While this may sound like something from a Disney film, we assure you that it is nothing less than true love: A male stork flies 13,500 kilometers every single year to be with his beloved. Read more about Croatia’s sweet winged couple Klepetan and Malena.

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Murdoch's Resignation Adds To Biden Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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