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Ukraine says it will resist...US says reports of Syria gas attack are unconfirmed...Sebelius: Predictions were wrong



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SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president says his government is going to launch what he calls a "large-scale anti-terrorist operation" to resist Russia's aggression. In a live televised address, the Ukrainian leader (Oleksandr Turchynov) says authorities in Kiev won't allow a repeat of what happened in Crimea. The peninsula was annexed last month after local residents voted to secede from Ukraine. There was an exchange of fire today between Ukrainian special forces and a pro-Russia militia in the eastern city of Slovyansk, with at least one security officer killed. The police station and the Security Service office in the city were taken yesterday by armed men.

BEIRUT (AP) — According to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village in Syria are so far "unsubstantiated." Samantha Power tells ABC's "This Week" that the U.N. is trying to establish what happened before it considers a response. Both sides in Syria's civil war are blaming each other for the alleged attack that reportedly injured scores of people on Friday. The reports come amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons.

BERLIN (AP) — The head of a U.N. expert panel on climate change says the cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest" -- but only if the world acts quickly. The panel says unless there are additional steps to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, global temperatures will rise between five and seven degrees by the end of the century compared to current levels.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1 were "just flat out wrong." Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" today that the health care website's launch was "terribly flawed and terribly difficult." She says that eight-week period was her low point of her tenure. Sebelius last week announced her resignation.

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Officials in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz say at least 30 people are dead after a passenger bus hit a truck. They say the bus ran into a truck that had broken down along the road early today, and then burst into flames. A civil defense official says the number of dead may increase.

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