Crisis hit Barcelona in need of Champions League boost
Barcelona host Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday desperately in need of a good performance to distract attention from a dreadful start to 2014 on and off the field. Despite being hastily appointed just two weeks before the campaign kicked off as Tito Vilanova was unfortunately forced to resign due to on-going health problems, coach Gerardo Martino oversaw Barca's best ever start to a La Liga season. Martino's first defeat in charge came in the Champions League to a youthful Ajax side in November, but it mattered little as Barca also strolled through to the last 16 as winners of Group H.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:23:50 -0400
Dallas Stars forward Peverly collapses on bench
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley was rushed to a Dallas hospital after collapsing on the bench in the opening period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Stars said the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious after being carried by the team's trainers from the players' bench in the first period and then loaded into an ambulance. "Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and well wishes everybody," the Stars said on their Twitter site on Monday. "Rich Peverley remains conscious and continues to be treated.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:23:21 -0400
Ukraine crisis stirs Kerry-Lavrov tensions
Russian-US tensions over Ukraine exploded into a public row, as Secretary of State John Kerry refused to attend talks in Moscow after his counterpart snubbed Kiev's interim leaders. Russia's wily foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, came out swinging first, putting the much-travelled Kerry on the spot by denouncing him for turning down an invitation to meet on Moscow on Monday. But US officials hit back that the time was not right for Kerry to visit Moscow as there was no sign that President Vladimir Putin was prepared to negotiate, or that Lavrov was authorized to lead any talks.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:19:25 -0400
Airline's lack of information angers relatives
BEIJING (AP) The anguished hours had turned into a day and a half. Fed up with awaiting word on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, relatives of passengers in Beijing lashed out at the carrier with a handwritten ultimatum and an impromptu news conference.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:16:28 -0400
Kerry-Lavrov meeting depends on Moscow's stance -U.S
By Arshad Mohammed and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States held out the possibility on Monday that the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers could meet this week about Ukraine but said it needed to know Moscow would engage seriously on a diplomatic solution. Russia's bloodless seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine has brought U.S.-Russian relations to one of their lowest points since the Cold War, with the United States searching for a way to keep Russia from annexing Crimea and its Russian naval base.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:15:29 -0400
Holocaust haunts French railway's bid for US contracts
Annapolis (United States) (AFP) - Seventy years after the Holocaust, Rosette Goldstein and many fellow Americans are still seeking reparations from French rail firm SNCF for transporting their loved ones to Nazi death camps. Goldstein, now 75, was in Maryland on Monday to testify before state lawmakers, who have threatened to prevent SNCF bidding for a major public contract over its role in the World War II genocide. Clutching a register of those transported by France's state-owned rail company, a still emotional Goldstein showed where her father's name was entered. "My father was taken by truck to the railway station and put on an SNCF train and taken to Drancy," Goldstein explained, with tears in her eyes.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:15:19 -0400
The world over, desperate families await news of MH370
The family of Muktesh Mukherjee, a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, are praying that disaster has not struck twice. The 42-year-old's grandfather, a former Indian government minister, was killed in a plane crash on the outskirts of New Delhi in 1973. We pray it will happen this time and Muktesh will come back to us," his uncle Manoj Mukherjee told AFP in the Indian city of Kolkata. Muktesh, an Indian-born Canadian who works for US firm XCoal in Beijing, was heading home on flight MH370 with his Chinese wife Xiaomo Bai.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:12:53 -0400
China deploys 10 satellites to help in search for Malaysia jet
China has deployed 10 satellites to help in the massive air and sea search for a missing Malaysian airliner, the People's Liberation Army Daily said on Tuesday. The satellites will use high-resolution earth imaging capabilities, visible light imaging and other technologies to "support and assist in the search and rescue operations for the Malaysian Airlines aircraft", the newspaper said in an article that was also carried on the defense ministry's website. Dozens of ships and aircraft from 10 countries scoured the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam as questions mounted over possible security lapses and whether a bomb or hijacking attempt could have brought down the Boeing 777-200ER which took off from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. China has urged Malaysia to speed up the search for the plane.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:12:51 -0400
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