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| Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote, West readies sanctions|
By Mike Collett-White and Alastair Macdonald SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Crimea's Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favor of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions. As state media in Russia carried a startling reminder of its power to turn the United States to "radioactive ash", President Barack Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian president that he and his European allies were ready to impose "additional costs" on Moscow for violating Ukraine's territory. The Kremlin and the White House issued statements saying Obama and Putin saw diplomatic options to resolve what is the gravest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. But Obama said Russian forces must first end "incursions" into its ex-Soviet neighbor while Putin renewed his accusation that the new leadership in Kiev, brought to power by an uprising last month against his elected Ukrainian ally, were failing to protect Russian-speakers from violent Ukrainian nationalists.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:56:22 -0400
| Australia leads southern search for missing Malaysian plane|
By Tim Hepher and Jane Wardell KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will lead a search of the remote southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysian jet liner, its prime minister said on Monday, amid mounting evidence the plane's disappearance was a meticulously planned act of sabotage or hijacking. No trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found since it vanished on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Investigators are increasingly convinced it was diverted perhaps thousands of miles off course by someone with deep knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER and commercial navigation. But police and a multi-national investigation team may never know for sure what happened aboard the jetliner unless they find the plane, and that in itself is a daunting challenge.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:23:14 -0400
| Lebanese army blows up suspect car close to Syrian border|
Lebanon's army blew up a car on Monday in the border region with Syria which they suspected contained explosives and was being prepared for use in a bomb attack, security sources said. They said the car was found in a rural area between the Bekaa Valley villages of Ras Baalbek and Fakeha, about 5 km (3 miles) north of a village where a suicide car bombing killed three people on Sunday. Sunday's bombing, which killed two members of the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, appeared to be retaliation for Hezbollah's support for Syrian troops who had recaptured the border town of Yabroud from rebel fighters. Hezbollah has been the target of repeated car bombings and rocket fire inside Lebanon during the past year over its involvement in Syria's civil war.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:40:38 -0400
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| Hot finishes don't mean much to committee (Yahoo Sports)|
The man in charge of the NCAA selection committee insists a win in November is worth the same as a win in March. Check out the seeds slapped beside these conference champions: -A 4 for Louisville of the American Athletic. Oh, and don't forget that 8 for Kentucky, which had the ball and a chance to beat Florida, the NCAA tournament's top overall seed, in the waning seconds of the SEC title game. Ron Wellman, chair of the NCAA selection committee, said the Cavaliers, considered a 2 or 3 on most mock-ups, ''continued to impress us throughout the year.'' Asked to explain the mediocre seed for a team like Louisville, the defending national champion that has won 12 of 13 and rolled through the AAC tournament, Wellman explained the committee looks at the entire resume, not just March.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:25:22 PDT
| No. 1 Florida holds off Kentucky 61-60 in SEC (Yahoo Sports)|
Top-ranked Florida reveled in a confetti celebration, cut down the nets again, and let out a big sigh of relief. Kentucky came oh-so-close to sending the Gators to the NCAA tournament with their first loss since early December. By the narrowest of margins, Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on the final possession. That allowed the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:32:17 PDT
| No. 6 UVa tops No. 7 Duke 72-63 for ACC title (Yahoo Sports)|
Coach Tony Bennett climbed up to the rim, gave the net a final snip and twirled and raised it toward all those Virginia fans. Virginia claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title since 1976 on Sunday by beating No. 7 Duke 72-63 in the final. Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points, and tournament MVP Joe Harris added 15, including a backbreaking 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining for the top-seeded Cavaliers (28-6). Playing in front of a raucous - and mostly orange-clad - Greensboro Coliseum crowd, they shot 45 percent from the field, pestered the Blue Devils into 38 percent shooting and used a late 12-3 run to pull away and claim the second ACC tournament title in school history.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:38:58 PDT
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| Shares hit as Crimea vote to spur sanctions against Moscow|
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered around one-month lows on Monday as Western countries issued fresh warnings of more sanctions on Moscow after Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break from Ukraine to join Russia, as expected. Japan's Nikkei led losses with a fall of 0.7 percent, sliding to a one-month low while U.S. stock futures dropped as much as 0.5 percent to three-week lows before paring its decline. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat, staying near Friday's one-month low. "The markets were expecting Crimea to agree to join Russia.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:51:11 -0400
| Twitter CEO Costolo to make first China visit|
By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc CEO Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China, signaling Twitter's interest in cracking a lucrative but thorny market with 600 million Internet users. Twitter, which has been blocked by Chinese censors since 2009, described the trip as a personal tour for Costolo, who is due to land at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on Monday and plans to spend three days in the business capital. Costolo is scheduled to meet Shanghai government officials — including representatives of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone, established in 2013 to test market liberalization measures, such as looser rules governing currency conversion and foreign direct investment.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:36:41 -0400
| Vodafone agrees $10 billion deal to buy Spain's Ono|
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone Group Plc has agreed to buy Spain's largest cable operator Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion), in the latest move by the British group to rebuild its European operations with a broadband offering. Vodafone said on Monday the deal would enable it to offer a combination of mobile and fixed-line telephony, pay-TV and broadband in one of its largest European markets, hit hard by fierce competition and the effects of a lengthy recession. The deal for private equity-owned Ono is Vodafone's third purchase of a European fixed-broadband asset in two years, allowing it to offer an increasing range of services and offload some of its mobile traffic on to Ono's cable network. "The combination of Vodafone and Ono creates a leading integrated communications provider in Spain and represents an attractive value-creation opportunity for Vodafone," the latter's Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:59:58 -0400
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| Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote|
Western powers call the annexation vote illegal and say it will bring swift sanctions.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:56:22 -0400
| Malaysian plane probe spotlights cockpit crew|
An investigation into the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 intensified Monday as officials confirmed that the last words spoken from the cockpit came after a key signalling system was manually disabled. US intelligence efforts also were focusing on Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and his first officer, Fariq Abdul Hamid, according to a senior US lawmaker. "I think from all the information I've been briefed on from, you know, high levels within homeland security, national counterterrorism centre, intelligence community, that something was going on with the pilot," said Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Malaysia's Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed that an apparently relaxed final voice communication from the cockpit -- "All right, good night" -- came after the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) had been deliberately shut down.
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:31:20 -0400
| Gators, Wildcats, Shockers earn top billing in NCAA tournament|
Florida is the overall top seed in the NCAA tournament, and will be joined on the '1' line by Arizona and Wichita State.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:30:57 -0400