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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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Grilled on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_6a3b9c600c.jpgABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- Toronto mayor Rob Ford sweated through an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday, enduring jokes and embarrassing videos -- and even a plea to seek treatment. Ford, who admitted to smoking crack cocaine in office, is running for re-election this year. He wants to overcome the scandals. “The apologies are over. I’m moving on,” he said. He spent most of the interview defending himself.

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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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