What to Expect from Thursday’s Russia/Ukraine Talks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_bca4374756.jpgState Department photo/ Public Domain (GENEVA) -- Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have already spent at least 10 hours together in the past month, not to mention almost daily phone calls, trying to find a diplomatic solution to the Russian incursion in Ukraine. During that period, the region of Crimea has essentially been lost to Russia and pro-Russian militants have spread throughout the eastern part of the country, with little meaningful resistance from the Ukrainians.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate Bring Prince George to Australia

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_a2f0e86f93.jpgSamir Hussein/WireImage (SYDNEY) -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Sydney Wednesday for the second half of their 19-day tour Down Under. Prince William and Duchess Kate treated local dignitaries to a royal first upon their arrival in Australia’s largest city, introducing them to their 8-month-old son, Prince George.

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Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks off South Korea's Coast

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_66ca0a52f9.jpgThe Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images (SEOUL, South Korea) -- Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry carrying 462 passengers, many of them students, sank in cold waters off South Korea’s southern coast Wednesday. So far, four deaths have been reported with 164 people having been rescued. A female crew member and a male student are among the fatalities.

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Ukraine’s Offensive Falters as Elite Units Defect to Pro-Russia Side

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_38a5fa5da1.jpgGENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images (SLOVIANSK, Ukraine) -- Ukraine’s “anti-terrorist operation” to take back areas in eastern Ukraine seized by pro-Russian forces faltered Wednesday as units of Ukraine’s elite forces in tanks and armored personnel carriers defected to the pro-Russian side. In at least two towns -- Sloviansk and Kramatorsk -- armored vehicles were seen flying Russian flags and carrying defected troops.

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Al Qaeda Affiliate Leader Praised in ‘Atypical’ Terror Gathering

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_fec93ad5d6.jpgAFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The leader of al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate is the star of a propaganda video showing an unusually large gathering of apparent militants. Nasir al-Wahishi, believed to be the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), appears in good spirits as he addresses dozens of fighters as the black flag of al Qaeda flaps in the breeze among them.

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