October 30, 2012
Hawkish partner for Israel's Likud JERUSALEM - Israel's governing Likud Party on Monday approved teaming up with an ultranationalist partner, forming a hawkish bloc that appears poised to win parliamentary elections in January. The move to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party with Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, passed by a large majority Monday evening at a meeting of Likud activists. "I came here today to ask you to vote for a strong Likud, a strong prime minister, a strong government, and a strong Israel," Netanyahu said.
August 30, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's highest court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko for abuse of office, a case that has strained the former Soviet state's ties with the West. Tymoshenko was an architect of Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution that promoted democracy and unsuccessfully ran for president in 2010. She was sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011, when she was found guilty of exceeding her powers while negotiating a gas contract with Russia while she was prime minister.
July 19, 2012 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Homophobic sentiment and violence against Ukraine's gay community are on the rise, despite increasing efforts to promote tolerance in the conservative ex-Communist nation, advocacy groups said Wednesday. The community was forced to cancel its first gay pride parade in the capital, Kiev, in May due to concerns that activists would be physically attacked by radical groups. After the cancellation, two gay leaders were violently beaten. Oleksandr Zinchenkov, head of the Our World gay-rights advocacy group, told a news conference Wednesday that Ukrainians have been increasingly hostile toward gays and lesbians in recent months.
July 17, 2012 |
He and his brothers lured young Ukrainian immigrants into the United States with promises of good-paying jobs, room-and-board and the opportunity to earn up to $500 per month. Instead, authorities said, Omelyan Botsvynyuk and his four brothers held them in indentured servitude from 2000 to 2003, forcing them to work on cleaning crews in big-box retailers and office buildings in the Philadelphia region seven nights a week for no pay. Several victims, identified only by their initials, testified Monday at Botsvynyuk's sentencing, one saying that she continues to "live in fear" and is "constantly worried.
June 21, 2012 |
Ukraine should have been awarded a goal in its European Championship game against England, UEFA refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina said Wednesday. "We made a mistake," Collina said. "I wish we hadn't made the mistake, but we did. Referees are human beings and human beings make mistakes. " England defender John Terry made a goal-line clearance in the decisive group match in Donetsk on Tuesday, but replays showed the ball was over the line. England led, 1-0 at the time and went on to win by that score.
June 17, 2012 |
At the European Championship on Friday, England's Theo Walcott came on as a substitute to score one goal and set up a brilliant strike by Danny Welbeck for a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Sweden in Kiev, Ukraine. The result eliminated the Swedes and leaves the English needing only a draw in their final Group D match against cohost Ukraine to ensure a spot in the quarterfinals. For that match, England striker Wayne Rooney will be back from suspension. England had wasted a halftime lead and fell behind, 2-1, but Walcott came on in the 61st minute and made it 2-2 in the 64th.
June 12, 2012 |
Andriy Shevchenko is determined to turn the European Championship into a farewell performance to remember, and so far he's putting on quite a show. The 35-year-old, the oldest striker in the tournament, one-upped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday in a battle of past and present stars, scoring two great headers to give co-host Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden in their opening match at Euro 2012 in Kiev. After Ibrahimovic had given Sweden the lead in the 52d minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 62d. It was an unexpectedly upbeat start for the cohost's home event, which is Shevchenko's last in Ukraine's yellow-and-blue uniform.
June 10, 2012 |
Denmark pulled off the first huge surprise of the European Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in Group B action Saturday in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Denmark's Michael Krohn-Dehli provided the lethal finishing that the Dutch inexplicably lacked, scoring against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defenders standing, and shot through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg from a tight angle. "It was the only dangerous action of Denmark," Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel said.
June 2, 2012
Trainer Dale Romans is criticizing the New York State Racing and Wagering Board's decision to establish a detention barn for Belmont Stakes starters by saying regulators "think we're all crooks. " Romans, who will saddle Dullahan in an effort to thwart I'll Have Another 's bid to become the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years, said Friday that the decision failed to put the welfare of horses first. "They are not cars that you can just go and move from one garage to the next," he said.
May 30, 2012
Boxer Paul Williams was driving his modified sport motorcycle too fast for conditions when he crashed into an embankment and was partially paralyzed, police said Tuesday. Williams has no movement from the waist down after Sunday's crash in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, his manager George Peterson said. The 30-year-old severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from the motorcycle, Peterson said. Williams was driving at a rate of speed too fast for conditions, Marietta police said.