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Fears of war grow as Putin orders troops into eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) – A long-feared Russian invasion of Ukraine appears imminent if not already underway as Russian President Vladimir Putin is dispatching troops to separatist regions of eastern Ukraine. A vaguely worded decree signed by Putin does not state whether troops are on the move and gives the order as an effort to “keep the peace alive”. But it appears to dashed the few remaining hopes of averting a major conflict in Europe that could result in massive casualties, energy shortages across the continent and economic chaos around the world. The UN Security Council has called a rare overnight emergency meeting later Monday at the request of Ukraine, the US and other countries.


The US Navy plans to launch a drone force from the Middle East along with allies

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in the Middle East, plans to launch a new joint fleet of unmanned drones with allied nations to patrol much of the region’s volatile waters amid tensions with seething in Iran. Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, who heads the 5th Fleet, told The Associated Press on Monday that 100 unmanned drones, both sail and submersible, would dramatically multiply the US Navy’s surveillance capabilities and allow it to perform those critical to the Navy Water bodies to keep a close eye on flow of global oil and shipping. Trade at sea has been targeted in recent years as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers collapsed.


EU sanctions 22 Myanmar officials, gas companies, for abuse

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union is imposing sanctions on several senior Myanmar officials and on a lucrative state oil and gas company that helped fund the military that toppled the country’s elected government a year ago. The EU on Monday imposed asset freezes and travel bans on 22 people and imposed restrictive measures on four companies, including state-owned and private companies. EU headquarters say it is “deeply concerned by the continued escalation of violence in Myanmar and the evolution into a protracted conflict with regional ramifications.” Aung San’s elected government ousted Suu Kyi: an armed resistance grew after peaceful protests were crushed.


An explosion at a gold mine in Burkina Faso has reportedly killed 59 people

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) – Burkina Faso’s national broadcaster says at least 59 people have died after an explosion at a gold mining site in the southwest. RTB reported Monday that at least 100 other people were injured in Monday’s blast in the village of Gbomblora. The explosion was believed to have been caused by chemicals used to treat gold stored at the site. A ranger who was on site during the blast told The Associated Press that there were bodies everywhere after the blast. Small gold mines, such as those in Gbomblora, have grown by about 800 across Burkina Faso in recent years


Utah Police: Man told 4-year-old boy to shoot officers

MIDVALE, Utah (AP) – Police believe a man told his 4-year-old child to shoot officers after a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City came. An officer was able to hit at the gun Monday as it was fired, deflecting the bullet away. The unidentified man brandished a gun at the pickup window of the Midvale restaurant. After the workers asked him to drive to a waiting area while they corrected his order, they called the police. Police removed the man from the vehicle, and an officer then saw a gun pointed at a rear window. Police say the officer shouted “child” to warn other officers.


Sheriff: Student fatally shot near bus stop; 4 imprisoned

MARRERO, La. (AP) – A Louisiana sheriff says a high school student was fatally shot near a bus stop and deputies arrested four young people. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto declined to name them as suspects in the teen’s death, whose name was not immediately released. But he says they’re being questioned. He also said the four were in a vehicle which MPs pulled over because it matched the description of a vehicle that had pulled off near the scene. The victim was a student at John Ehrlich High School in Marrero, south of New Orleans.


6-year-old boy killed in drive-by shooting in park; 4 arrested

MCCOMB, Mississippi (AP) – Police say a 6-year-old boy was killed and four others injured in a drive-by shooting at a Mississippi park. The Enterprise Journal reports the victims were playing basketball when gunfire erupted on Sunday. McComb police have arrested four people between the ages of 17 and 19. Pike County Coroner Wally Jones told WLBT-TV the shooting happened around 4:50 p.m. Sunday and the boy died in a hospital. The newspaper reports that each suspect has been charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault. Authorities did not immediately disclose the ages of the four injured victims.


Michigan’s Howard suspended 5 games for Wisconsin melee

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has been suspended for the final five games of the regular season and fined $40,000 for hitting a Wisconsin assistant in the head and sparking a post-game melee. The Big Ten Conference also suspended three players for a game after the Badgers’ 77-63 win in 15th pitch on Sunday: Michigan’s Moussa Diabate and Terrance Williams II, and Wisconsin’s Jahcobi Neath. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was fined $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy, but was not suspended. Howard is expected to return to the Big Ten tournament, which begins March 9 in Indianapolis.


Colombia’s highest court legalizes abortion for up to 24 weeks

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia has become the latest country in Latin America to expand access to abortion, with the country’s constitutional court voting to legalize the procedure up to the 24th week of pregnancy. Monday’s decision by the nine-judge tribunal fell short of the expectations of pro-choice groups, which had been pushing for full decriminalization of abortion in Colombia. Nonetheless, it has been described as a historic event by women’s rights groups, who estimate that 400,000 women in the country have clandestine abortions every year. Before the ruling, Colombia only allowed abortions when a woman’s life was in danger, a fetus had deformities, or a pregnancy resulted from rape.


Mississippi HBCU Gets $10M From Netflix CEO And Wife

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A private, historically black college in Mississippi receives $10 million from Netflix boss and his wife, a film producer. News outlets report that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings visited Tougaloo College on Monday to discuss the donation. A college official says half of the money will go toward need-based scholarships. The other $5 million will help Tougaloo students at Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island. Tougaloo’s partnership with Brown enables students, faculty, and administrators to participate in exchange programs, scholarships, and research. Officials say the gift to the Brown-Tougaloo partnership is the largest it has ever received.

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