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Pope Francis drops F-bomb


Pope Francis inadvertently demonstrated his own fallibility during an address in St Peter’s Square when he mistakenly said the Italian word for “f**k”.

In the 12 months since he was elected, the Argentinean Pope, who worked with the poor in the slums of Buenos Aires being before made pontiff, has shown a healthy sense of humour and an unerring ability to connect with ordinary people.

But he accidentally went a little too far in using the language of the street after mispronouncing the word “caso”, which means example, as “cazzo” – Italian for f--- or, in other contexts, cock.

“If each of us were to accumulate wealth not only for ourselves but to put at the service of others, in this f--- , in this case God’s providence would manifest itself in this gesture of solidarity,” he told a large crowd, delivering his ‘Angelus’ address from a window overlooking St Peter’s Square.

*yes there is a short video at the link*

Christiane Amanpour Scolds Wolf Blitzer: 'You Have To Be Really Careful' About Ukraine Facts


Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer had a tense moment on CNN Monday as the two journalists sparred over how to portray the facts of the political situation in Ukraine.

Blitzer was concluding a segment with Amanpour and the Brookings Institution's Stephen Cohen, who blamed Ukraine violence on a "right-wing nationalist movement."

Blitzer set Amanpour off when he told viewers, "You heard Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the U.N. Security Council, saying earlier today that at fault for all of this are what he called fascists and anti-Semites in Ukraine right now ..."

"You know, you've got to be really careful by putting that across as a fact," Amanpour said.

*more at link above including video*

I know DU'ers will get a kick out of seeing Blitzer scolded

Live feed from UN Security Council meeting


EU gives Russia 48-hour deadline to return troops to barracks in Crimea

Source: UK Telegraph

Ukraine crisis: EU gives Russia 48-hour deadline to return troops to barracks in Crimea

Poland has demanded an emergency meeting of Nato amid EU divisions over sanctions against Russia

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10674260/Ukraine-crisis-EU-gives-Russia-48-hour-deadline-to-return-troops-to-barracks-in-Crimea.html

The ultimatum and 48-hour dealine will be conveyed to Russia by Baroness Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, during talks in Madrid on Tuesday with Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister.

same link as above

Obama says Russia `on the wrong side if history' on Ukraine, actions violate international law.

Source: official AP twitter feed

BREAKING: Obama says Russia `on the wrong side if history' on Ukraine, actions violate international law.

Read more: https://twitter.com/AP/status/440567821807153152


Haaretz is in the White House with prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and president Barack Obama. Obama has said that Russia’s steps in Ukraine are a violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty and said that he wants to see the Ukrainian people determining their own destiny, Reuters reports.


Baltics Want NATO ‘Safeguard’ if Ukraine Situation Worsens

Source: Wall Street Journal

RIGA, Latvia–Baltic countries are considering calling for a greater North Atlantic Treaty Organization presence in their countries “if the situation gets worse” in the Ukraine, Ojars Kalnins, the chairman of the foreign-affairs committee of the Latvian parliament, said Monday.

Mr. Kalnins said that a worsening of the Ukraine crisis “such as an outright invasion” of areas outside Crimea would present a threat to all of Russia’s neighbors, including the Baltic states–which are members of NATO. Such an expanded conflict should be reason for NATO to “bring extra military support to the Baltic region as a safeguard.”

Atis Lejins, a member of the Latvian parliament’s foreign-affairs committee, said increasing the number of NATO aircraft patrolling Baltic airspace could be one way to beef up NATO’s presence.

Currently a small, rotating contingent of fighter aircraft from NATO countries operates from a base in Lithuania. Mr. Lejins, a former U.S. Marine, said one example of a heightened presence was the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment (AV Det) program in Poland, which rotates fighter and transport units to bases in Poland.

Read more: http://stream.wsj.com/story/deadly-clashes-in-ukraine/SS-2-457850/

Putin says 'threat of ultranationalists' forced him to intervene

Source: UK Telegraph

Ukraine live: Putin says 'threat of ultranationalists' forced him to intervene

Vladimir Putin has spoken to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and said that the "threat of violence from ultranationalists" forced him to intervene. In a sign of Putin's reach, Ukraine's head of navy has defected - and been charged with treason. All the latest news from Ukraine here

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10669670/Ukraine-live.html

19.23 More detail from Putin's conversation with Merkel - the first comments we have had from him since the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych,

Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday that Russian citizens and Russian-speakers in Ukraine faced an "unflagging" threat from ultranationalists, and that the measures Moscow has taken were completely fitting given the "extraordinary situation", the Kremlin said.
In a telephone conversation during which Merkel expressed concern about developments in Ukraine, she and Putin agreed that Russia and Germany would continue consultations in bilateral and multilateral formats to seek the "normalisation" of the situation, a Kremlin statement said.

same link as above

Ukraine parliament calls for international monitors and for necessary aid to ensure the safety of it

Source: Reuters

BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine parliament calls for international monitors and for necessary aid to ensure the safety of its nuclear assets

red breaking banner, no other text, will update asap.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/

10:41: Ukraine has called for the immediate despatch of an international fact-finding mission to Ukraine and Crimea, as well as assistance in protecting nuclear facilities. It is inviting the OSCE, the EU and others to hold meetings in Ukraine. It is also setting up a parliamentary negotiation group to reach out to Russian MPs


Ukraine calls up military reservists

Source: BBC

Ukraine announces it is calling up military reservists, following Russia's decision to allow deployment of troops

More to follow.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26405635

09:56: Ukraine is estimated to have around one million reservists. Its active military force counts some 160,000 personnel.


Russian servicemen confiscate weapons in Crimea region - Interfax

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Russian military servicemen have taken weapons from a radar base and naval training facility in Ukraine's Crimea region and urged personnel to side with the peninsula's "legitimate" leaders, Interfax news agency said on Sunday.

It quoted a Ukrainian Defense Ministry source as saying the Russian servicemen had taken pistols, rifles and ammunition cartridges from the radar post near in the town of Sudak and taken them away by car.

Another group of Russian military had also removed weapons from a Ukrainian navy training centre in the port city of Sevastopol, where Russia's Black Sea Fleet also has a base.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/02/us-urkaine-crisis-weapons-idUSBREA2103Z20140302
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