Putin Wants Europe to Help Ukraine Pay Natural Gas Bill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_ba1a048137.jpgVittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin wants Europe to help Ukraine pay its natural gas bill to Moscow if the continent wants to keep receiving the fossil fuel. As of Thursday, Russia claims the Ukraine's total debt is around $35 billion. The letter to 18 European leaders suggest that Putin is ready to play hardball in his efforts to keep Ukraine from drifting further into the Western sphere of influence.

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Is Someone Stealing Some of the World’s Deadliest Snakes?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_b11a2a5f9b.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- One of the deadliest snakes in the world rules a speck of land off the coast of Brazil. So many venomous Golden Lancehead pit vipers live there that it has been dubbed “Snake Island.” The island’s lush, green terrain looks like something out of Jurassic Park or a Bond villain’s secret hideout. In reality, the island is uninhabited. The Brazilian government forbids people from visiting it without a permit.

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New 'Possible Signal' Detected in Search for Flight 370

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_186ef9254e.jpg (PERTH, Australia) -- Another "possible signal" has been detected in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. In a statement Thursday, retired Australia Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said that an aircraft detected a possible signal near the Australian vessel Ocean Shield during an acoustic search Thursday afternoon.

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Prosecutor Picks Apart Oscar Pistorius' Court Apology

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_6c5968af5b.jpgDaniel Born/Foto24/The Times - Pool/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Oscar Pistorius chose the timing of his apology to slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s family to have the maximum benefit for himself, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued in the athlete’s murder trial Thursday. Nel said Pistorius had no regard for the feelings of Steenkamp’s relatives and could have apologized in private -- but instead he waited more than a year, wanting to create a spectacle at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Royal Couple Makes Statement Down Under

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_166589ff2b.jpgChris Jackson/Getty Images (BLENHEIM, New Zealand) -- With the sun finally peeking out of overcast skies, this tiny town of 28,000 residents will host the royal couple’s first walkabout. Children and adults have been lining up since early Thursday morning to catch a glimpse of the couple. Officials expect nearly a third of the town to give a rousing Kiwi welcome to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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