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Ukraine in ‘pivotal period’

DONETSK, Ukraine: Russia was under US pressure Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to cease occupying eastern towns, after Washington warned the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a “pivotal period.”But with the separatists’ refusal to budge throwing a deal to defuse the crisis into doubt, and

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Kerala temple gold being stolen, says report

India’s Supreme Court is considering a report Wednesday that suggests serious flaws in the security of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, the historical site where priceless treasures were discovered.The report raises doubts at the performance of the present administration and says the huge deposits of gold among precious collections may be getting

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Obama to bolster US ‘rebalance’ to Asia

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension.Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address maritime territorial disputes between US allies

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