Hagel Demands Answers on Russian Troop Buildup at Ukraine Border

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_efd89205de.jpg JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was concerned enough about growing numbers of Russian troops near Ukraine’s eastern border to have an hour-long telephone conversation with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu about Russian intentions. Kirby said that Hagel “was clear and he was firm” in his phone conversation with Shoygu.  “Because Russian forces are in control of Crimea, they bear responsibility for what is happening there.”

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Selfie-Taking Student Breaks Statue’s Leg

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_6460462884.jpgDEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini/Getty Images (MILAN) -- A student in Italy learned the hard way that there is at least one place in the world where you cannot take a selfie. Staffers at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan revealed this week that the leg of one of the museum’s early 19th-century statues had snapped off. The culprit, Italian media reports museum officials as saying, was a student who climbed on the statue to take a photograph of himself on the statue.

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Aboard the P-8 Poseidon Plane Searching for Malaysian Jetliner

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_5ffc843ed5.jpg@WrightUps/Twitter (NEW YORK) -- A nine-hour search of the Indian Ocean by the world's most sophisticated search plane failed to locate the objects spotted by a satellite that investigators believe could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, instead finding only a freighter and two pods of dolphins. The hunt by the P-8 Poseidon airplane is an indication of how difficult it will be to find the objects spotted by a satellite or any debris in the vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean.

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Malaysia Airlines Search: Satellite Images Show Objects in Indian Ocean

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_91f0da5acb.jpgAustralian Government Department of Defence Intelligence and Security (NEW YORK) -- Search crews are scouring the southern Indian Ocean Thursday after two objects that may be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were spotted by satellite, officials said Thursday. Officials described the sighting as the "best lead we have right now" and said four aircraft, a merchant ship and an Australian Navy ship are heading to the region off the coast of Australia.

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Ukraine Sets Out to Demilitarize Crimea

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_33996a40a4.jpgFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images (KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukraine's hold on Crimea was all but obliterated Wednesday when the interim government in Kiev announced that it will seek support from the United Nations in withdrawing its forces from the disputed region. The decision came as pro-Russian forces took over the naval facility in Crimea a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the peninsula. Earlier this week, Crimean voters overwhelmingly decided to split from Ukraine.

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