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PARIS (AP) — In two European cities today, Russia and the West have been trying to put together the elements of a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. But talks in Paris, involving Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from Russia and several European countries, have been inconclusive. In Brussels, NATO members decided to suspend cooperation with Russia. The European Union, meanwhile, is extending $15 billion in aid to Ukraine. It matches the amount that the country's fugitive president had agreed to accept from Russia, in exchange for turning his back on a trade accord with the E.U.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister is vowing to keep Crimea a part of Ukraine -- but he says he's willing to grant the region more autonomy. Russian troops are fanned out across the peninsula. And the Ukrainian prime minister says he's afraid Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to grab more territory. Meanwhile, a special U.N. envoy visiting Crimea came under threat today by armed men who forced him to leave the region.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in New York today have described Osama bin Laden's son in law as a murderous mouthpiece for al-Qaida. But defense lawyers say he was a target of a prosecution that was designed to take advantage of fears and resentments from the September 11th attacks. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) is charged with conspiring to kill Americans after those attacks, and providing material support and resources to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors say in the hours after the attacks, bin Laden asked him to be the public face of al-Qaida, and to recruit people to attack the United States again.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — He wouldn't endorse his colleague before yesterday's primary -- but now, Sen. Ted Cruz is praising his fellow Texas Republican senator John Cornyn (KOHR'-nihn) as "a friend and a good man," and someone he's proud to endorse. Cruz, a tea party favorite who's become the most powerful force in Texas politics, wouldn't endorse Cornyn in the primary or even say he was voting for him. Fierce conservative congressman Steve Stockman tried unsuccessfully to unseat Cornyn yesterday.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A jury of five two-star generals has been seated in North Carolina for the court martial of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair. He's believed to be the highest-ranking officer to face sexual assault charges. Opening statements are set for tomorrow. Under the military justice system, jurors must be senior in rank to the accused.
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