Asteroid on Course for Close Encounter with Earth

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_e3b058513f.jpgVaclav Volrab/Thinkstock (file photo) (NEW YORK) -- A recently discovered asteroid is on course to have a close encounter with Earth on Wednesday, coming closer than our Moon’s orbit. The asteroid, dubbed 2014 DX 110, is about 100 feet in diameter and is set to come within 216,000 miles of Earth -- a close shave by astronomical standards, considering our Moon orbits Earth at a distance of about 238,900 miles.

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Kim Jong-un Purging Another Number Two?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_df0d09a7b1.jpgEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images (SEOUL, South Korea) -- There are rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is about to do away with yet another second-in-command. South Korea's Unification ministry is looking into reports that Choe Ryong Hae, who assumed the post following the execution of Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, might also meet an untimely end.

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Ukrainian Troops Stare Down Russian Forces at Airfield

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_f8327d15d1.jpgSean Gallup/Getty Images (BELBEK, Crimea) -- A column of unarmed Ukrainian troops marched up a hill Tuesday under a World War II banner to demand that they be allowed back on their airfield, seized several days ago by Russian forces. The Russians fired warning shots in the air, the beginning of a tense, four-hour standoff that ultimately ended with the Ukrainian troops' being denied access to the airfield and returning to their nearby base.

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Putin Ready to Use All Means to Protect Russians in Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_8cd4fbd082.jpgVittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images (BELBEK, Crimea) -- Russian President Vladmir Putin says his country is ready to use all means necessary to protect its people, but he is hoping he won't have to use force in eastern Ukraine. In a press conference Tuesday, Putin defended Russian intervention in Ukraine's Crimea, calling it a "humanitarian mission." He said Russia has the right to defend its citizens and did not rule out further action in elsewhere in Ukraine.

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Oscar Pistorius Neighbor Who Heard Screams Breaks Down at Trial

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_cc96b0b9a5.jpgAntoine de Ras/AFP/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- The second day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial featured tense exchanges between defense attorney Barry Roux and the state’s first witness, university lecturer Michelle Burger -- who testified that she heard blood-curdling screams coming from Pistorius’ house on Valentine’s Day last year. At one point the witness was brought to tears by the harsh cross-examination.

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