Canada is joining with other western powers in slapping sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Crimea.
The sanctions being imposing include travel and economic penalties against seven Russian officials and three Ukranian officials that are seen to have played a part in the annexation of Crimea. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said they're going to make sure it's not "business as usual."
With all eyes are on the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine, analysts are saying it's difficult to predict what the outcome of the conflict will be.
Robert Ortung is an analyst with the Institute For European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University in Virginia. Appearing on News Talk Radio's John Gormley Live Tuesday, Ortung said Russian president Vladimir Putin's actions are emotional and irrational.
A state-run news agency in Russia is reporting that the country's military has issued an ultimatum to Ukraine, threatening a "military storm" will strike if Crimea isn't surrendered by the end of today.
CNN is reporting that Interfax, Russia's state media, is quoting a Russian military commander who is threatening to flex Russia's might if Ukraine doesn't walk away from the contested region.
Canadian speed skater Denny Morrison has won a bronze medal in the men’s 1,500 metres at the Sochi Olympics.
It’s the Fort St. John, B.C., native’s second medal of the Games after he won silver in the 1,000.
Morrison finished in one minute 45.22 seconds while Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka won gold in 1:45.006. Koen Verweij of the Netherlands missed the silver by a hair, finishing in 1:45.009.
Both medals were a surprise for Morrison, who wasn’t expected to contend for the podium in the individual events.
Kevin Reynolds did an admirable job filling in for Patrick Chan and Canada won a silver medal in the figure skating team competition at the Sochi Olympics.
Reynolds landed three quad jumps and scored 167.92 points to finish second in the men's free skate, giving Canada an insurmountable lead over the bronze-winning Americans with two skates to go.
Host Russia clinched its first gold medal of the Games later in the women's free skate, when Yulia Lipnitskaya finished first and Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond was fifth.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm. He was 46.
The officials told The Associated Press that glassine envelopes containing what was believed to be heroin were also found with Hoffman. Those items are being tested.
Just a year after checking himself into rehab for drug use, Philip Seymour Hoffman has died.
According to numerous media reports, the 46-year-old actor died in his New York City apartment Sunday morning. CNN’s Susan Candiotti said he was discovered by a friend around 11:15 a.m.
“This person had access to the apartment, went inside and was the one who made the discovery, finding him in the bathroom—according to our sources—with a needle in one of his arms,” she said.
Candiotti also said that police found heroine in the apartment.
CNN is reporting that there has been a school shooting in Colorado.
At least two people were shot in Centennial, Colorado at Arapahoe High School, which has about 2,200 students enrolled. Local police say one student is suffering serious injuries after being shot while another suffered only a minor gunshot wound.
A news conference with the local sherrif Grayson Robinson revealed that the shooter is dead.
Former South African president and anti-apartheid crusader Nelson Mandella has died at 95.
Mandela had been battling health issues a severe lung infection for the last several months. He had been in and out of hospital numerous times this year. His health had kept him out of the spotlight the last few years; he hadn't appeared in public since 2010.