NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO is observing an alarming buildup of Russian ground and air forces near Ukraine.» Read More
*Russia retaliates for U.S. sanctions on high-tech exports. KIEV/ MOSCOW, May 13- Pro-Russian separatists ambushed Ukrainian troops on Tuesday, killing seven in the heaviest loss of life for government forces in a single clash since Kiev sent soldiers to put down a rebellion in the country's east.
It's Frank Kendall's job to write checks for programs that will shape U.S. defense forces for the next quarter century.
USAF Lt. Col. Matt Renbarger has been testing out the new F-35, which should be the backbone of air defenses by 2039.
Steve O'Bryan and Art Tomassetti of Lockheed Martin's F-35 program explain how the F-35 changes combat, and changed flying.
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 12- Pro-Moscow rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine called on Monday for their region to become part of Russia, the day after staging a referendum on self-rule, although Moscow stopped short of endorsing their bid for annexation.
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 12- Pro-Moscow rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine called on Monday for their region to become part of Russia after declaring victory in a weekend referendum on self-rule.
*Markets focus on reaction to east Ukraine referendum. *Nickel, Oil rises on Ukraine concerns. Caution about unrest in eastern Ukraine, where rebels declared victory in a referendum on self-rule, had all but evaporated as U.S. trading neared.
TOKYO, May 12- Japanese stocks slipped on Monday morning as worries about the Ukraine crisis curbed investors' appetite for risk, although companies that have issued upbeat earnings forecasts, such as Olympus Corp, attracted buying. Pro- Moscow rebels on Sunday declared a resounding victory in a referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine.
DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 12- Pro-Moscow rebels declared a resounding victory in a referendum on self-rule for eastern Ukraine, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control.
*Vote organised on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Pro-Moscow rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that could dismember the country and pitch Russia and the West into a new Cold War.
*Vote organised on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion. *West fears slide into civil war. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that has raised fears of civil war and pitched Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War.
*U.S. says no sign Russia pulling troops back from Ukraine border. Barricades of tyres and scrap metal blocked streets in the port city of Mariupol and in Slaviansk, centres of an uprising that has unleashed the worst crisis between the West and Russia since the Cold War.
MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Ukrainian leader Oleksander Turchinov warned pro-Russian eastern regions they would be stepping into the abyss if they voted for self-rule on Sunday in a referendum that has raised Western fears of a slide to full civil war.
*Armed pro-Russians block streets, no sign of Ukraine forces. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 10- Acting Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday.
*Armed pro-Russians block streets, no sign of Ukraine forces. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine- May 10- Ukrainian acting President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday.
President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for parades marking the Soviet victory in World War Two.
Weeks of fighting have exposed 20 years of neglect of Ukraine's security forces since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Eastern rebels that Kiev and the West say are backed by Russian special forces benefit from political vacillation, disarray among the generals and field commanders unsure of their orders.
TRIPOLI, May 8- Libya's government is committed to implementing an agreement with rebels occupying the eastern ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider and hopes the export terminals will reopen soon, a minister said on Thursday.
Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum.
*Nigeria hosting World Economic Forum for Africa. Speaking at the World Economic Forum being hosted in the capital Abuja, Jonathan thanked foreign nations including the United States, Britain, France and China for their support in trying to rescue the girls, who were kidnapped from a secondary school on April 14.