As Unites States and European leaders prepared to impose sanctions against those responsible for the deaths in Tuesday's clashes between protesters and government forces in Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovich said late Wednesday he agreed to a "truce" with opposition leaders.
Yanukovich held talks with the former Soviet Union nation's three main opposition leaders and they agreed to a truce and "the start to negotiations with the aim of ending bloodshed, and stabilizing the situation in the state in the interests of social peace," according to a statement on the presidential website.
"The storming of the Maidan (Independence Square in Kiev) which the authorities had planned today will not take place," one of the opposition leaders, Arseny Yatseniuk, said in a statement. "A truce has been declared. The main thing is to protect human life," added Yatseniuk, former economy minister. more >>
American David Wise has became the first Olympic gold medalist in the history of the sport of men's freestyle skiing halfpipe.
Wise, 23, scored 92 out of 100 in his first round of the finals, a number which put him atop the podium on Tuesday. In his second round, Wise only earned a 3.4 after falling, which gave him the distinction of scoring the event's highest and lowest scores.
"I think free skiing really rose to the occasion and put on a good show in spite of the conditions," Wise told NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning about his performance, addressing the rain, fog and snow that the athletes were confronted with while competing on Tuesday. more >>
A 30-year-old British woman who was told by doctors to abort her unborn baby while she was pregnant because it would die, defied their expert advice and gave birth to a healthy baby boy she is now calling a "miracle."
According to Mail Online, from the moment first-time mother Rachel Collins discovered she was pregnant she began keeping a diary.
"I decided to keep a diary from the minute I found out I was pregnant, to show our baby how much we wanted him," she said. more >>
Ukraine witnessed its bloodiest day since its independence after clashes between protesters seeking European-style democracy and the government that favors Russia killed dozens and injured hundreds in Kiev on Tuesday, prompting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to express concerns and urge restraint.
At least 25 people, including nine police officers, were killed and about 1,000 others were injured as police carrying stun grenades and water cannons stormed a protest encampment at the Maidan, or Independence Square, in Kiev Tuesday, according to Kiev Post.
Police cracked down on the protesters after the country's Interior Ministry warned all women and children to leave the area by that evening. "If by 6 p.m. the lawlessness doesn't cease, we shall be forced to use all legal means to bring order," the ministry said. more >>
A new Russian law has been signed that bans foreign same-sex couples and singles from adopting children - even if they come from countries where governments have redefined marriage to include gay couples.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed the decree this week, which will primarily affect European citizens from countries where same-sex marriage has been created.
The ruling has no effect on the United States because of a law that Russia passed in 2013 that banned adoptions to American couples. The legislation came a year after the United States passed a law against Russian human rights abusers. more >>
Pro-life groups have called Belgium's recent passage of a "right to die" law that allows terminally ill children the permission to end their own lives "abhorrent and inhumane," questioning how a civilized society would sanction such an option.
"No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium's decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska in a statement. The Belgian Chamber of Deputies voted 86–44 on Thursday in favor of the controversial law.
ADF added that it had sent the Belgian Parliament a legal analysis that said the proposed law operated under the premise that life is not worth living and children are somehow mature enough to make such a decision on their own. The group added that the newly passed law "exploits vulnerable children by handing to them a 'freedom' that they are completely ill-equipped to bear." more >>