GOSPORT, England — Two lines of trenches face off across No Man’s Land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I — but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields of the Western Front.
CONROE, Texas — Now that prosecutors have persuaded a judge that a Texas man accused of setting an 8-year-old boy on fire as a teenager can be tried as an adult for murder, securing a conviction in a case where the victim died 13 years after the attack could prove difficult, legal experts say.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — More than two decades after a cookbook was checked out of a Kansas library, it’s just now been returned.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Sometimes, the old actor remembers the war far too clearly. Though he was only a small child, he can tell you about the explosions, and the Nazi soldiers patrolling the streets. He can list the friends and relatives who didn’t survive.
BEIRUT — Lebanon’s national airline says Iraqi authorities denied permission for its plane to land in Baghdad after a son of an Iraqi minister missed the flight.
Middle East Airlines said in a statement the plane scheduled to leave Beirut on Thursday at 12:46 p.m. (1046 GMT, 5:46 a.m. EST) was delayed for six minutes because of a missing passenger.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday against pro-Russian opponents to the new Ukraine government in Kyiv, and cleared the way for upcoming financial sanctions, as the West began punishing Moscow for refusing to withdraw its troops from Ukraine’s Crimea region.
WASHINGTON — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as “prevaricator” and “sagacious” in favour of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
GILMAN, Minn. — A farmer in Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter’s excess.
Greg Novak says he’s invested hundreds of hours to build a 50-foot (15-meter) snowman named “Granddaddy” that he hopes will wake onlookers from their winter doldrums. And he admits it has some neighbours questioning his sanity.
KATMANDU, Nepal — Litterbugs are no longer welcome on the roof of the world.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled his forces back from the Ukrainian border on Tuesday yet said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine. He accused the West of encouraging an anti-constitutional coup in Ukraine and driving it onto anarchy and declared that any sanctions the West places on Russia will backfire.