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Far right protesters attack Ukraine’s Parliament.
Far right protesters attack Ukraine’s Parliament.

UKRAINE’S RIGHT SECTOR FACING BAN
Ukraine’s ultranationalist Right Sector group could be banned after 2,000 of its members encircled and threatened to storm the Parliament in Kiev, a source from former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s party told news agency Ria Novosti. The group has increased pressure on Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov following the death of one of their leaders in a shootout with the police. According to Interfax, 1,000 militants were gathered outside the Parliament this morning to demand Avakov’s resignation.

In an address to the Ukrainian people, ousted President Viktor Yanukovych called for the population to demand “a referendum on the determination of the status of each region within Ukraine,” Itar-Tass reports.

This comes after yesterday’s vote on a UN resolution condemning Russia’s action in Crimea, with 100 countries voting in favor, 11 against and 58 abstaining. The New York Times describes the vote as one that “isolates” Moscow, but the Russian envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said that there was “no isolation,” adding that many countries had complained of “colossal pressure on the part of Western powers,” RT reports.

VERBATIM
“Leaders can’t afford to be weary,” former U.S. Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice told attendees at a Republican Party fundraiser Wednesday, referring to the face-off with Russia. Read what else she said here.

SEARCH ZONE FOR MH370 MOVED
A new analysis of radar data concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was traveling faster than originally estimated, meaning it would have burned fuel more quickly and wouldn’t have traveled as far south as previously thought, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. In light of this new evidence, described as “the most credible lead” by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the search area for the missing plane has been shifted 684 miles northeast of the previous zone, and is now four times larger. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Chinese insurance companies have started compensating the victims’ families, with China Life paying over $670,000 to the families of seven passengers.

BAGHDAD HIT BY TRIPLE BOMBING
At least four people were killed and another 16 were wounded this morning after a triple explosion in a busy market area of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, AP reports. The bombings come after a series of attacks in commercial areas yesterday, in which 26 people died.

ISRAEL DELAYS RELEASE OF PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
Israel’s government has canceled tomorrow’s planned release of the last group of Palestinian prisoners, a Palestinian official told AFP. Under the framework of the U.S.-sponsored negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian authorities, Tel Aviv was to release 104 prisoners in four groups. But The Jerusalem Post reported that the ministerial committee that selects the names of the released prisoners failed to meet. According to Ma’an news agency, Palestinian minister of prisoners' affairs Issa Qaraqe warned that he would hold Israel responsible for the consequences of Palestinian “anger.”

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EBOLA VIRUS REACHES GUINEA CAPITAL
Four people in Guinea’s capital city Conakry have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus and put in quarantine along with their families, Al Jazeera quotes the country’s Health Minister as saying. These are the first cases in the city of two million inhabitants and show that the virus has spread from rural areas, where it has already killed 63 people.

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The Philadelphia 76ers tied the NBA losing streak record Thursday after their loss to the Houston Rockets (120-98). Read more on ESPN.

SMOKING BANS GOOD FOR CHILD HEALTH
A new international study shows that laws banning smoking in public places have had an enormous impact, particularly on child health, reducing premature births and severe childhood asthma by 10% within a year of smoke-free laws being implemented. Read more from the BBC.

FAREWELL
For CIA director and former Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who worked in multiple presidential administrations, has died at age 85.

COMIC PARENTING FROM DARTH VADER
Even evil deep breathers have a soft side.

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Benjamin Button For Real? Scientists Are Close To Cracking The Code To Reverse Aging

The discovery that earned Japan's Shinya Yamanaka the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine has paved the way for new research proving that aging is a reversible process. Currently just being tested on lab mice, will the cellular reprogramming soon offer eternal youth?

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PARIS — Barbra Streisand loved her dog Samantha, aka Sammy. The white and fluffy purebred Coton of Tulear was even present on the steps of the Elysée Palace, the French President’s official residence, when Streisand received the Legion of Honor in 2007.

As the singer and actress explained inThe New York Times in 2018, she loved Sammy so much that, unable to bring herself to see her pass away, she had the dog cloned by a Texas firm for the modest sum of 50,000 dollars just before she died in 2017, at the age of 14. And that's how Barbra Streisand became the happy owner of Miss Violet and Miss Scarlet, two puppies who are the spitting image of the deceased Samantha.

This may sound like a joke, but there is one deeply disturbing fact that Harvard Medical School genetics professor David A. Sinclair points out in his book Why We Age – And Why We Don’t Have To. It is that the cloning of an old dog has led to two young puppies.

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