Diplomacy in high gear: It’s another day of high-stakes diplomacy in a confrontation reminiscent of the Cold War. The question of the day: How to resolve the controversy over Russia’s decision to send troops into the Crimea region of eastern Ukraine, home to many ethnic Russians. Look for news of more consultations and conversations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts; Kerry met Wednesday with foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. Meanwhile, heads of state in Europe are to discuss the crisis Thursday. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, interim prime minister of the fledging Ukrainian government, plans to attend the meeting and brief reporters along with the president of the European Parliament and the top man in NATO, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
2. GADHAFI’S SON IN CUSTODY
He had fled to Niger: The interim government in Libya says it has custody of one of the sons of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed in October 2011 after an uprising forced him from power. Saadi Gadhafi once had been a businessman who ran the Libyan Football Federation. He also played soccer in Perugia, Italy, for a season. After an uprising began against Gadhafi’s rule, Saadi Gadhafi had offered to negotiate with rebels after his father’s troops lost control of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. He apparently later changed his mind and fled to neighboring Niger. The interim government in Libya thanked Niger’s president for his help when it announced that Saadi Gadhafi was in Libyan custody.
3. SECRET ‘UPSKIRT’ PHOTOS LEGAL
It’s legal in Massachusetts to secretly photograph a person’s undergarments – without them knowing:The high court in Massachusetts ruled that women who were secretly photographed while riding public transportation in Boston were not nude or partially nude – and that furtive photos that may have shown their undergarments are therefore legal. That prompted a prosecutor to urge legislators to change the law. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said she thinks the judges erred. And the verdict was swift and negative in the court of public opinion, at least as judged by an unscientific sampling of posts on Twitter that mention the word “upskirting.”
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