Striking images have been released, showing Ukrainian priests on the front lines before armed guards and burning barricades, reaching out to the people in the midst of violent conflict between the Ukrainian government and protesters, which led to close to 100 deaths on Thursday.
"Ukraine's Orthodox and Catholic priests have been frequently seen on or near the front lines of the clashes, ministering to protesters and riot police alike, though at times some have appeared to more closely align themselves near the protesters," The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Ukraine's opposition leaders and President Viktor Yanukovich signed a deal on Friday to end violence. The EU-mediated peace deal came after a previous truce on Wednesday between the Ukrainian government and protesters failed, leading to fresh clashes where close to 100 people were killed and over 500 injured. more >>
A team of forensic archaeologists have reportedly discovered new evidence pointing to Treblinka, a Nazi death camp in eastern Poland where 900,000 people disappeared, going against claims by Holocaust deniers who say that the location was only a transit camp.
The findings are set to air on the Smithsonian Channel in a program called "Treblinka: Hitler's killing machine," on March 29, which is part of a special month-long programming block celebrating Women's History Month.
Described as "one of the most notorious cold cases of World War II," rare documents and eyewitness have long claimed that the camp where 900,000 Jewish people were transported was even more ruthless than the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. While not much evidence for this claim existed until now, Smithsonian says that the British forensic team of Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls has found new "significant and chilling" evidence to expose the true story behind Treblinka. more >>
President Barack Obama's administration has expressed its outrage after a temporary truce between the Ukrainian government and protesters failed on Thursday, with reports claiming that up to 100 people died in new clashes, while 67 police officers were reportedly taken hostage.
"We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people. We urge President [Viktor] Yanukovich to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kiev and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully," the White House said in a statement Thursday.
The Obama administration further urged the Ukrainian military not to get involved in the conflict, warning that the use of force will not resolve the crisis. more >>
Dr. Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist who discovered the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle," attempted to describe the fundamental particle in the most basic way he could in a recent interview.
Higgs, 84, recently described the particle, considered to be a fundamental building block of the universe, in a short, two-minute simplified version on the BBC Radio 4 program "The Life Scientific." The physicist said the particle basically enables other particles in the universe to acquire mass.
"… these particles are just packages of energy of some kind of field," the scientist began explaining on BBC Radio 4. "And the feature [that] distinguishes this kind of theory, which leads to this kind of symmetry breaking, is the existence of what we, theoretical physicists, call the vacuum, which means nowadays something different from what it used to mean. It's just the lowest energy state that you could possibly have in which there are no particles around but there may be something around. And that something around can be a background field of some sort, which pervades the universe." more >>
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 >>