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02/28/2014

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Crimean Parliament Dismisses Cabinet and Sets Date for Autonomy Referendum

The Moscow Times
The Crimean parliament on Thursday voted in favor of holding a referendum on whether to expand its autonomy and passed a no-confidence motion dismissing the region's government.

Ukraine Warns Russia as Tensions Build

Tensions in Ukraine escalated further Thursday as ousted President Viktor Yanukovych claimed that he was still the legitimate head of state and requested Russia's protection, while Ukraine warned Russia against any military action.

Sochi Visitors Cherish Olympic Memories

For perhaps the first time since the Olympic Park project was conceived and the first stones were laid in 2007, the hub of sports facilities and venues on the Black Sea coast in Sochi looked deserted.

U.S. Urges Georgia to Align With EU and NATO

The Associated Press
The U.S. is urging the former Soviet republic of Georgia to further integrate with Europe and NATO.

IMF 'Ready to Respond' to Ukraine Aid Bid

The Associated Press
The International Monetary Fund will answer Ukraine's call for financial help "at this critical moment in its history," fund chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday.

Ukraine Fugitive President to Hold News Conference

The Associated Press
Russian news agencies say Ukraine's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, will hold a news conference in southern Russia. 
The reports say the news conference will be held Friday in the city of Rostov-on-Don.

Markets Feel Repercussions of Ukraine Turmoil

Reuters
Russian stocks plunged for a second day and the ruble sank to a five-year low against the dollar on Thursday, as investors took fright at unrest in Ukraine's Crimea region and saber-rattling by neighboring Russia.

Organizers of First 'Gay Olympics' Tell of Harassment

Days after the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, Russia's first Open Games for LGBT athletes have been jeopardized by what organizers say is a crackdown that highlights the Russian government's harsh stance on homosexuality.

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