Russian markets are plunging and its economic growth prospects are looking grim in the face of new sanctions by the United States and the European Union over the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 allegedly by Russia assisted separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Russian markets slumped 1.4 percent Monday, extending last week's 5 percent slide, according to Reuters, which also noted that the nation's stocks are this year's worst performers among emerging market, having lost 12 percent in dollar terms.
The flight MH 17, with 298 people and crew aboard, crashed Thursday near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine after being hit by a missile. The plane, Boeing 777, was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and flying at about 33,000 feet over the region that has been troubled by fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia militants seeking to declare the area an independent republic. more >>
Professional golfer Tiger Woods is the subject of a recent video that shows the athlete using God's name in vain after taking his backswing on the 18th hole at the British Open.
Woods was in the middle of his backswing when his intense focus was interrupted by the clicking of photographers' cameras. In response, a defeated-looking Woods dropped his club mid-swing and yelled "Jesus Christ! Guys!" at the photographers.
Along with the camera clicks interrupting Woods' focus, the athlete was also visibly irritated by the large mass the photographers had formed, mere yards away from where Woods was set to hit his ball at the 18th hole. Woods had already backed down from his ball once due to the distraction, and was about to hit his second shot on the par 5 when he uttered the Lord's name in vain. more >>
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have said that they will grant access to an international team of investigators to look into the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, carrying 298 people on board, which is suspected to have been shot down by a missile on Thursday.
"Should this be confirmed, it will contravene international law and be an outrage against human decency," Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, Reuters reported on Friday.
American and Ukrainian officials said the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that exploded and crashed Thursday in a conflict-torn section of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists, was shot down with a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile and new data suggests the incident could have been an awful mistake.
A report from The New York Times said U.S. intelligence and military officials confirmed Thursday that the Malaysian Airlines aircraft with 298 people aboard, including three infants, was destroyed by a Russian SA-series missile.
A senior U.S. official told CNN that a radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before the plane went down while a second system saw a heat signature at the time the airliner was hit. The official said they are now analyzing the trajectory of the missile to determine where the attack originated. more >>
Famed Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking, 72, recently confessed that he "briefly tried to commit suicide" and said denying an individual who is in great pain and facing imminent death the right to commit suicide is "discrimination."
His comments come on the heels of church leaders in Britain who warned this week that legalizing assisted suicide would be a "grave error" as members of the House of Lords in Parliament prepare to debate a controversial Assisted Dying Bill on Friday.
"If you have a terminal illness and you're in great pain, I think you have the right to choose to end your life. We don't let animals suffer, so why should your pain be prolonged against your wishes," said Hawking in a BBC interview Wednesday. more >>
Roman Catholic Church leaders have criticized the Church of England's historic vote to allow women to serve as bishops earlier this week, arguing that such a move is an "obstacle" to Christian unity.
"The decision of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate therefore sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us. Nevertheless we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible," read a statement by Archbishop Bernard Longley, Chairman of the Department for Dialogue and Unity, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
The statement was echoed by the editor of Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Giovanni Maria Vian said on Tuesday that the ordination of women bishops will have "an extremely negative impact" on steps to bring together the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. more >>