Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 18th 2014 Contents KIEV---Russian president Vladimir Putin
recognised Crimea as a "sovereign and inde-
pendent country" yesterday, just hours after
the strategic Black Sea peninsula declared
it had broken away from Ukraine.
The moves triggered the toughest Western
sanctions against Russia since the Cold War---
with Washington and the European Union
retaliating with asset freezes and travel bans
and US president Barack Obama vowing to
"increase the cost" if the Kremlin does not
Ukraine s turmoil has become Europe s
most severe security crisis in years and ten-
sions have been high since Russian troops
seized control of Crimea, which decided in
a Sunday referendum to merge with Russia.
Putin signed a decree recognising Crimea s
independence, and Russian troops were
massed near the border with Russian-speak-
ing eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine s acting president raised tensions
on the ground by calling for the activation
of some 20,000 military reservists and vol-
unteers across the country and for the mobil-
isation of another 20,000 in the recently
formed national guard.
The US, EU and Ukraine s new government
do not recognise the referendum held Sunday
in Crimea, which was called hastily as
Ukraine s political crisis deepened with the
ouster of pro-Russia president Viktor
Yanukovych following months of protests
and sporadic bloodshed. In addition to calling
the vote itself illegal, the Obama adminis-
tration said there were "massive anomalies"
in balloting that returned a 97 per cent "yes"
vote for joining Russia.
Obama warned that Russia could face
more financial punishment.
"If Russia continues to interfere in Ukraine,
we stand ready to impose further sanctions,"
One of the top Russian officials hit by
sanctions mocked Obama.
In Kiev, acting president Oleksandr
Turchynov vowed that Ukraine will not give
up Crimea. (AP)
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L'Wren Scott has been found dead
after hanging herself in her Manhattan
apartment yesterday morning.
A spokesman for Mick Jagger said
the singer, who is in Australia as part of
the Rolling Stones tour, was
"completely shocked and devastated"
following the news of her death.
When asked if there were still in a
relationship at the time of her death, he
replied "of course". The designer, 49,
was found by her assistant and there
was no immediate suspicion of foul
play though the Medical Examiner has
not yet released the formal report.
The couple met on the set of a photo
shoot in 2001 when she was working
as the stylist on call. Scott, who was
adopted by Mormon parents and raised
in Utah, had her own fashion label
popular with celebrities.
Mick Jagger's girlfriend commits suicide
PARIS---Paris imposed dras-
tic measures yesterday to
combat its worst air pollu-
tion in years, banning around
half of the city s cars and
trucks from its streets in an
attempt to reduce the toxic
smog that s shrouded the
City of Light for more than
Cars with even-numbered
license plates were prohibited
from driving in Paris and its
suburbs, following a govern-
ment decision over the week-
Around 700 police manned
179 control points around the
region, handing out tickets to
Taxis and commercial vehi-
cles weren t covered by the
ban. Police had ticketed nearly
4,000 people by midday, and
27 drivers had their cars
impounded for refusing to co-
operate with officers.
France s environment min-
istry said that by midday, lower
traffic and more favourable
weather patterns seemed to be
having an impact on pollution.
KINGSTON---A fire at a sprawling trash dump in
Jamaica has blanked swaths of the capital with
foul-smelling gray smoke.
The island s emergency management office says
the fire brigade has dispatched seven water trucks
to the Riverton City solid waste dump on the outskirts
of Kingston. The fire started early Sunday.
Officials warned people to stay indoors as much
as possible to avoid exposure to the billowing smoke
Environmentalists say there has been virtually no
control over what is unloaded at the dump so all
manner of industrial and commercial waste burns
when the dump catches fire. Two years ago, a blaze
burned at the dump for nearly a week.
Shantytowns ring the open-air landfill, and gov-
ernment housing complexes and middle class neigh-
bourhoods are situated nearby. (AP)
Dump fire wafts
Drastic measures to fight Paris toxic smog
one at the controls calmly
said the last words heard
from the missing Malaysian
jetliner, one of the Boeing
777 s communications sys-
tems had already been dis-
abled, authorities said, adding
to suspicions that one or both
of the pilots were involved in
the disappearance of the
Investigators also were
examining a flight simulator
confiscated from the home of
one of the pilots and dug
through the background of all
239 people on board, as well
as the ground crew that serv-
iced the plane.
The Malaysia Airlines jet
took off from Kuala Lumpur
in the wee hours of March 8,
headed to Beijing. On Saturday,
the Malaysian government
announced findings that
strongly suggested the plane
was deliberately diverted and
may have flown as far north
as Central Asia or south into
the vast reaches of the Indian
Authorities have said some-
one on board the plane first
disabled one of its communi-
cations systems---the Aircraft
Addressing and Reporting Sys-
tem, or ACARS---about 40
minutes after takeoff.
About 14 minutes later, the
transponder that identifies the
plane to commercial radar sys-
tems was also shut down. The
fact that both systems went
dark separately offered strong
evidence that the plane s dis-
appearance was deliberate.
On Sunday, Malaysian
defense minister Hishammud-
din Hussein told a news con-
ference that the final, reassur-
ing words from the cockpit---
"All right, good night"---were
spoken to air traffic controllers
after the ACARS system was
shut off. (AP)
Final words from jet came
after systems shutdown
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott
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