By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 5:07 p.m.
HARGEISA, Somalia — An American volunteer gently brushes away dirt to reveal the bones of a Somali victim buried in a mass grave some 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of skeletons may lie in mass graves here, on the northern edge of Somalia, where many want to see justice prevail, even if delayed.
By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:41 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.
By GERALD IMRAY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:12 a.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa — As the girlfriend he shot lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.
By Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:10 a.m.
OXON HILL, Md. — Republican leaders implored conservatives to offer stark contrast to President Barack Obama's policies and stand firm on principles as a way to win back Senate control in the fall elections and prepare for the 2016 presidential campaign.
By YURAS KARMANAU and JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 10:32 a.m.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday when lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days — and Russian lawmakers pushed a bill to facilitate a handover. Russian President Vladimir Putin's hand was almost certainly behind the dramatic move, but it was not clear whether he is aiming for outright annexation, or simply strengthening his hand in talks with the West.
By JUERGEN BAETZ and MIKE CORDER, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 10:31 a.m.
BRUSSELS — The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and on a visa deal Thursday, punishing Moscow for its military incursion into the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine.
By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 10:23 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer.
By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
March 6, 2014 10:19 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity's actions.
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 12:53 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Opponents of legislation stripping senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses expressed confidence on Thursday that the far-reaching measure would fall short in a highly anticipated Senate vote.
BEIRUT — Iraqi authorities on Thursday denied permission to a plane belonging to Lebanon's national carrier to land in Baghdad after a son of an Iraqi minister missed the flight, Middle East Airline said in a statement.
By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on Russian and other opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
By Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy-Tribune
March 5, 2014 9:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congressional aides involved in preparing the Senate Intelligence Committee's unreleased study of the CIA's secret interrogation and detention program walked out of the spy agency's fortress-like headquarters with classified documents that the CIA contended they weren't authorized to have, McClatchy has learned.