Tanks appear in country
Ukraine’s president rallied support Thursday for his plan to end fighting in phone calls with the Russian and German leaders, even as he condemned what Ukrainian officials called an incursion of armored vehicles from Russia. The Ukrainian interior minister said three tanks crossed into Ukraine along with other armored vehicles from Russia and were attacked by military forces fighting pro-Moscow separatists. He did not directly accuse Moscow of sending the tanks, but said it showed Russia had failed to tighten border controls. Russia has denied sending troops or weapons, describing Russian citizens who have joined the armed separatists as volunteers. There was no independent confirmation that the tanks had come from Russia.
Laws to govern finance
Traders who manipulate currency rates or borrowing costs would face criminal charges under plans to be announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in a crackdown on bankers less than a year before a general election. The government is poised to extend laws imposing as much as seven years in jail for manipulation to gauges used in foreign-exchange, fixed-income and commodity markets, according to a statement by the Treasury before Osborne and Bank of England (BOE) Governor Mark Carney. The measures are part of a review by the Treasury, BOE and the Financial Conduct Authority of how markets operate.
Catholic editors resign
The former editors of an influential Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba resigned because its critical coverage caused controversy and tensions among the faithful, they said in a letter. Roberto Veiga and Lenier Gonzalez, who for about a decade led editorial coverage of Espacio Laical, said the magazine’s “socio-political profile” led to tensions that affected both them and Cardinal Jaime Ortega. The government and the Communist Party control nearly all media in Cuba, and Espacio Laical, which publishes news and commentary in print and online, is a rare exception. The magazine has analyzed President Raul Castro’s economic and social reforms. It publishes both pro-government and critical articles, with contributing authors from inside and outside the country.
No election winner yet
Many Colombians remain deeply divided by the government’s peace negotiations with rebels, helping make last Sunday’s presidential runoff election between incumbent Juan Manuel Santos and former Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga too close to call, analysts said. Santos initiated negotiations in Cuba in November 2012 with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, in a bid to end 50 years of conflict.
Compiled from wire reports