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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new prime minister says Crimea must remain part of Ukraine, but may be granted more local powers. Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') tells The Associated Press that a special task force could be established "to consider what kind of additional autonomy the Crimean Republic could get." Yatsenyuk denies a report that Ukraine is negotiating with the United States for deployment of U.S. missile defenses in exchange for financial help.
PARIS (AP) — Top diplomats from the West and from Russia are meeting in Paris today to defuse tensions over Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. The ultimate goal of the meeting is to get the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers in the same room, negotiating directly. Also today, NATO is taking up the issue directly with Russia in a meeting of the military alliance in Brussels. And an international team of military observers is headed to Crimea.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says it's acquired missiles with multiple warheads. At a ceremony today, Iran's defense minister presented a delivery of four types of ballistic missiles he says are equipped with multiple warheads, greatly boosting their destructive power. Iran often announces breakthroughs in military technology that are impossible to independently verify. But the Pentagon released a rare public report in 2012 acknowledging that Tehran has improved the accuracy and firing capabilities of its missiles.
NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are expected to start today in the New York trial of a man who's married to Osama bin Laden's eldest daughter. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) is charged with conspiring to kill Americans after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was brought to the U.S. last year after being captured in Turkey. Prosecutors say Abu Ghaith used his role as al-Qaida's spokesman after the 2001 attacks to announce in videos with bin Laden that additional attacks on the United States would be as devastating as those that downed the World Trade Center.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A family from South Carolina is safe after their minivan became submerged in the rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's Daytona Beach. Officials say the woman had been driving her SUV along the beach, where vehicles are allowed. But it's not clear how the vehicle ended up in the water. Rescuers rushed to the scene yesterday evening and got the woman and her children out of the water. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the woman and the children — ages 3, 9, and 10 — were taken to a local hospital. Their vehicle was towed.
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