In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 photo, Aleksey Antonyuk, who runs a hairstyling, marketing and publishing company in Kiev, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press. The world of small business in Ukraine is a tangled thicket of bribe-hungry government inspectors and complicated, unpredictable regulations. Reducing graft and red tape are set to be part of the conditions Ukraine will face in an international financial rescue package. Officials in Kiev are expected to wrap up talks with the International Monetary Fund as soon as Tuesday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Ukraine to face its ‘graft culture’ under aid plan

A hairstyling business closes four salons rather than deal with crooked tax officials. An independent salesman hustling paint from the trunk of his car faces a $5 million tax penalty. A humble crafts stall gives up after taxes increase ten-fold overnight.…
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Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Pope Francis has a warning for Italy's mobsters: They will go to hell if they don't repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power."…
A Russian flag waves on a tent set by anti-Yanukovych protesters in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Russia's parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow's ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama. The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops in the strategic region of Crimea. With pro-Russian protests breaking out in other parts of Ukraine, Moscow now could send its military elsewhere in Ukraine.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Russian: No military moves planned against Ukraine

The Pentagon says that in a phone call, Russia's defense minister has assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russian forces along Ukraine's eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory.…