After repeatedly being refused entry to Crimea, an unarmed OSCE military observer mission will instead go to other parts of Ukraine in the coming days, including the country's east, the European security body said on Tuesday. Seventeen member states of the 57-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including the United States, have so far confirmed they will take part in the changed mission requested by Ukraine, an OSCE spokesman said. During the last attempt on Saturday to get into Ukraine's Crimea, which is now controlled by pro-Russia forces, warning shots were fired when the observer mission was turned back. It was the third straight day the OSCE mission had been turned back while trying to cross the narrow isthmus connecting the isolated Black Sea peninsula to the rest of Ukraine.
LONDON (AP) — In another sign that Europe's economy is turning the corner, a leading ratings agency found Tuesday that the value of new stock market listings in 2013 recovered to match the 10-year average.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Columns of African Union and Somali troops are moving deeper into land controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants, forcing fighters to flee from five towns in quick succession in a further squeezing of al-Shabab's strongholds.
LYON, France (AP) — Interpol has released an image of two Iranians who were traveling with stolen passports on a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and other top policymakers from the central bank are speaking in Britain's parliament. Below are highlights from their comments in a hearing of the Treasury Committee in the House of Commons. GOVERNOR MARK CARNEY: ON WHY THE FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE HAS NOT DISCUSED POTENTIAL RISKS TO FINANCIAL STABILTY FROM CURRENCY UNION (WITH AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND) "It is in part a product of the assessment of risk we have to prioritize and the arrangement - if this really comes to pass, there is, in terms of the timetable of the Scottish government, there is a period of time over which arrangements would be developed, that is the first point. There is a clear view of all the parties in Westminster on the possible arrangements after that referendum which (colours) the probability of the types of financial stability risk that we could face." ON BOE'S ADVICE ABOUT SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE RISKS "If the circumstances were to come to pass that there were the prospect of a change to the monetary arrangements in the United Kingdom that fell to the wrong side of the risks that were clearly outlined in my speech, we would provide clear and public advice on those." WAGE GROWTH "In the absence of a pick-up in productivity growth, ultimately associated with investment, we are not going to see the uptick in real wages that will lead to a sustained period of above-trend growth." COULD UK ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR DELAY HIS DECISION TO ADJUST RATES UNTIL AFTER THE VOTE?
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday, taking the lead just hours before his finish.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A court in Croatia on Tuesday convicted a former prime minister of siphoning millions in state money while in power, and sentenced him to nine years in prison as part of efforts by the European Union's newest member to root out corruption.
MIAMI (AP) — A new trial date could be set for Justin Bieber in the Florida case charging him with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and possessing an invalid driver's license.
LONDON (AP) — A U.S. investment firm has bought nearly a quarter of all the shares available to buy in New York-listed English soccer club Manchester United PLC.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Swedish journalist was shot to death on Tuesday while he was talking to a translator on a street in Kabul, the second killing in two months to strike foreigners in an affluent and well-guarded area of the Afghan capital.
By Johnny Cotton LYON, France (Reuters) - The international police agency Interpol does not believe the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane was the result of a terrorist attack, its head said on Tuesday. Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble also suggested that two men who boarded using stolen passports and had aroused suspicion may have been smuggled by traffickers. Two Iranian passport holders aged 18 and 29, who started their trip in Doha, had swapped their passports in Kuala Lumpur and used stolen Italian and Austrian passports to board the airliner, he told reporters at Interpol's headquarters in Lyon. "We know that once these individuals arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the 28th of February they boarded flight 370 using different identities, a stolen Austrian and a stolen Italian passport," he said.
By David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney signalled he was not concerned that Britain's economy was close to overheating, despite a strong recovery since last year, putting himself in the dovish camp among policymakers. Speaking to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said the amount of spare capacity in the economy was probably slightly more than 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, suggesting the BoE can hold off on raising interest rates for longer. Carney also said Britain's natural rate of unemployment could be less than the Bank has estimated, meaning the labour market can strengthen further without pushing up inflation.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek tax inspectors are being offered anger management classes after the government said they would have to continue enforcing a deeply unpopular emergency tax.
By Timothy Heritage KIEV (Reuters) - Seven decades after the end of World War Two, the ghosts of that conflict are being evoked in an ideological as well as geopolitical battle over the future of Ukraine. In a country that was occupied by Nazi Germany and suffered decades of repressive Soviet rule, the words "communist" and "fascist" can still conjure up horror and terror. This has changed during three months of crisis in Ukraine and as it tries to hold on to the Crimea region, where power now lies in the hands of Russian separatists and Russian forces. It has mainly been used by Russia, against the new pro-Western leadership in Kiev and the Ukrainians who protested for three months until they deposed Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich as president on February 22.
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-funded research laboratory has announced that it is considering retracting a research paper describing a simple way of turning ordinary cells from mice into stem cells.
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says 2.8 million Syrian children cannot go to school because of a civil war now entering its fourth year.
By Niluksi Koswanage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Malaysian military believes an airliner missing for almost four days with 239 people on board flew for more than an hour after vanishing from air traffic control screens, changing course and travelling west over the Strait of Malacca, a senior military source said. At the time it was roughly midway between Malaysia's east coast town of Kota Bharu and the southern tip of Vietnam, flying at 35,000 ft. "It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait," the military official, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters. Earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia's Berita Harian newspaper quoted air force chief Rodzali Daud as saying the Malaysia Airlines plane was last detected by military radar at 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, near the island of Pulau Perak at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca.
By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) - The European Union will start preparing further responses to Russia's actions in Ukraine if Moscow does not show signs of backing down by the weekend, Germany's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday. Russian forces have consolidated their hold on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula ahead of a Russian-backed referendum on the region's future scheduled for Sunday March 16. "If the weekend passes without a visible change in Russia's conduct then on Monday in the European (foreign affairs) council we will have to discuss a next stage of measures," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in the Estonian capital Tallinn. "We don't want confrontation but the action of the Russian side unfortunately makes it necessary for us to prepare, as I have just outlined to you," he said on a one-day visit to the three Baltic states, all EU and NATO members whose proximity to former ruler Russia makes them nervous about the situation in Ukraine.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Crimean parliament voted Tuesday that the Black Sea peninsula will declare itself an independent state if its residents agree to split off from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum.