American Journalist with Vice News Detained in Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_de8673d002.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (SLOVIANSK, Ukraine) -- An American journalist has been reportedly detained by unidentified people in uniform in Eastern Ukraine. Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with Vice News, was captured. Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed "People's Mayor" of Sloviansk, announced the journalist's detention, according to media reports Tuesday from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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Biden in Ukraine Amid Growing Tensions

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_9b7a883711.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (KIEV, Ukraine) -- Vice President Joe Biden walked into a hornets' nest as he arrived in Kiev Monday for talks with leaders of Ukraine's government. Biden's mission is to bolster U.S. support for Ukraine that includes new energy and economic help as it deals with a major threat from pro-Russian separatists in the east. Moscow's state-run media called the Biden visit a search for "a face-saving exit from its foreign policy catastrophe."

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Syria to Hold Elections as Chemical Gas Allegations Surface

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_25abe41c6e.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3 despite the raging civil war that is believed to have killed at least 150,000 people. Many expect President Bashar al-Assad, whose term ends on July 17, to announce his bid for another seven years in office. Assad is expected to win another term, largely because voting won’t happen in areas controlled by opposition forces.

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Cuba Looks to End Condom Shortage With "Expired" Stock

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_487d2a9644.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (HAVANA, Cuba) -- A shortage of supplies has Cuban heath officials worried, as the country's stock of condoms dwindles down. To address the issue, Cuba's public health system reportedly approved the sale of expired condoms, saying a particular shipment has the wrong dates printed. Pharmacy workers are required to tell customers that the prophylactics are in "optimal" condition, but have the wrong expiration dates on them, the Vanguardia newspaper reports.

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Reports: Syria Using Chemical Weapons Against Opposition Forces

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_d4d550bdee.jpgBunyos/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against opposition forces? The Obama administration says it's looking into reports of the use of chlorine gas in opposition strongholds in Syria, where dozens of people are allegedly seeking treatment for chemical poisoning. "Well we have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month, in the opposition-dominated village of Kafr Zita," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

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