Parliament Approves Putin's Request for Troop Deployment in Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_801c0220c7.jpgPhoto by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin asked and received approval from the upper house of Russia's parliament to deploy Russian troops in the Crimea region of Ukraine on Saturday. The parliament had earlier discussed means of "stabilizing" the situation in Crimea, an area of Ukraine where many ethnic Russians live. Meanwhile, BBC News says, the Ukrainian government in Kiev has accused Putin of attempting to provoke confrontation.

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Pakistani Taliban Announces One-Month Ceasefire

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_8a5708a5c2.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -- The Pakistani Taliban called for a month-long cease fire on Saturday, effective immediately. A spokesperson for the group said that all sub-groups are being urged to refrain from jihadi activity for the next month. The Pakistani Taliban had been facing Pakistani military action. In recent days, Pakistani fighter jets had been striking militant hideouts in Waziristan.

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Obama Warns Russia: There "Will Be Costs" for Military Intervention in Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_b80161fc6b.jpgThe White House (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama Friday expressed concern about reports of Russian military movement in Ukraine and warned Moscow there “will be costs” if Russia intervenes. “We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” the president told reporters in a hastily announced statement in the White House Briefing Room.

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WATCH: Ukrainian President Tries to Break Pen in Apparent Frustration

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_efa0d00865.jpgSasha Mordovets/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich made his first public appearance Friday since he was ousted as the country's leader -- apologizing to the Ukrainian people and taking out some apparent frustration out on his writing implement. "I'd also like to address the people of Ukraine," he said in Russian. "First ..." Yanukovich then looks down, fidgets with his pen and grimaces while he attempts to snap it in two. It's unclear whether the attempt was successful.

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‘Night Wolves’ Join Pro-Russian Side in Southern Ukraine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_9389fa6a62.jpgAlexander Marquardt/ABC News (KIEV, Ukraine) -- While a group of camouflaged, armed militiamen patrolled Crimea’s main airport Friday, there was a second gang of tough-looking men who showed up to join the pro-Russia side to take control of this mostly Russian enclave of southern Ukraine. The tattooed and bejewelled crew was decked out in leather, black jeans and heavy boots, with patches of a wolf and flame stitched onto their vests.

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