Four-way Ukraine Talks Begin
International talks on Ukraine have begun in Geneva, where the United States says it will look for any signs Russia is serious about de-escalating tensions.
The talks involve the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union.
In an interview Wednesday with CBS television, President Barack Obama said there will be consequences each time Russia takes steps to destabilize Ukraine and violate its sovereignty. But Mr. Obama said he is convinced Russia is not looking for a war.
Moscow has said it has the right to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine. It accuses the new Ukrainian leadership of being anti-Russian and anti-Semitic and of threatening the rights of pro-Russians.
But senior U.N. human rights official Ivan Simonvic told the Security Council Wednesday that during two trips to Ukraine in March, his team found no widespread attacks against ethnic-Russians.
Moscow calls the U.N. report biased and unfounded.
Australia PM: Submarine Could Finish Current Search for Malaysian Jet in a Week
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a robotic submarine scanning the Indian Ocean floor for the missing Malaysian jetliner will finish its current search within a week.
Mr. Abbott told the Wall Street Journal if the so-called Bluefin-21 submarine does not find any wreckage by then, authorities will stop, regroup, and reconsider how to proceed.
The Australian agency coordinating the search said Thursday the vehicle completed its first full 16-hour mission after two previous missions were cut short because of technical problems.
The Bluefin-21 has so far searched 90 square kilometers of the ocean bed. But authorities say they have found "no significant detection" in the sonar data collected.
U.S. Navy officials had previously warned it could take up to two months for the submarine to scan the current 600-square kilometer search area.