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Detroit leaders decry beating of driver who hit, tried to aid boy

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Detroit's mayor and city council president on Friday called for calm and condemned the severe beating that bystanders gave to a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he had struck with his vehicle. Steven Utash, 54, who was surrounded by a group and beaten on Wednesday afternoon, remained in critical condition on Friday in a Detroit hospital, police said. The child he hit, David Harris, was released from a hospital on Thursday, they said.

White House: Kerry to speak to Lavrov again about Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had agreed to speak again about ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine but that no date for such a conversation had been set. Kerry and Lavrov spoke by phone about the issue earlier on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. White House spokesman Jay Carney also noted reports of possible drawdowns by Russian troops on the Ukraine border but said the administration had not seen that yet.

Kerry meets Lavrov for Paris talks on Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Sunday for talks aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Ukraine. Kerry was welcomed at the Russian ambassador's residence in Paris by Lavrov and the two men posed for a photograph before starting a meeting on a plan to ease the worse East-West standoff since the end of the Cold War. "Thank you everybody," Kerry said, while Lavrov added in English: "Good luck, and good night. " jkb-kat/am/dh

The great Indian election: it's about jobs

By Frank Jack Daniel and Rajesh Kumar Singh PATNA, India (Reuters) - Old enough to vote for the first time, student Sheeba Shamim, the daughter of a middle class family, and young construction workers sweating on a nearby building site are impatient for a government in India that delivers jobs and hope for the future. They are among more than 100 million registered new voters, who will cast their ballots when the world's biggest democracy holds a general election that will run from April 7 to May 12.

U.S. Army general apologizes for improper relationships

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who pleaded guilty to mistreating a junior female officer during one of several inappropriate relationships said on Wednesday he felt deep shame and remorse for the selfish acts that hurt his family and the service. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair's admissions of wrongdoing could bring jail time, though not as severe a punishment as he faced before being absolved of sexual assault charges in a plea deal this week.

Ukrainian serviceman killed in attack on base

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian serviceman was killed on Tuesday at a Ukrainian base that came under attack in Crimea's main town Simferopol, a military spokesman said. Vladislav Seleznyov, speaking to Reuters by telephone from Crimea, said one serviceman at the base had died of his wounds. A second man, a captain, was injured. Seleznyov said it was unclear who had staged the assault, but described the attackers, as "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered".

U.S. Army general to fight prison time for improper liaisons

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with several junior officers, including one he pleaded guilty to mistreating during an adulterous sexual affair, will argue on Tuesday against serving jail time for his military crimes.

Sex assault charges dropped in rare court-martial of U.S. general

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general at the center of a rare court-martial of a top military leader was cleared of sexual assault charges on Monday, but admitted mistreating a junior officer during their illicit sexual relationship.

Swede Backstrom to get ice hockey silver medal: IOC

(Reuters) - Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal despite being forced to miss last month's final in Sochi due to a doping offence, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. Although the IOC did not confirm at the time that Backstrom had failed a drugs test, Swedish officials pulled him out of the final after being told that he had been shown to be carrying a high level of the stimulant pseudoephedrine (PSE).

U.S. and Russia fail to find way forward on Ukraine

Talks between the United States and Russia in London Friday failed to come up with any new plans to ease ongoing tensions in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov spent six hours discussing possible steps which could de-escalate the crisis between Ukraine and Russia. Kerry told journalists that he "presented a number of ideas" to Lavrov, but said Russia is "not prepared" to make any decision ahead of Sunday's referendum on whether Crimea should be part of Russia.
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