The 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia officially kicked off Sunday, with some sadness as attendees took note of the hole created by the deaths of researchers and advocates with the downing of Malaysian Air flight MH17.
“I do see a few empty chairs, one over there. And there. A few empty chairs, which were supposed to be occupied by six of our friends who lost their lives last Thursday,” Lambert Grijns, Dutch ambassador for sexual health and HIV rights, said.
On Thursday a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.
Ukrainian government officials said the plane had been shot down by a missile and blamed the attack on pro-Russian separatists. Later in the day, American intelligence authorities confirmed that they also believe the plane was shot down by a ground to air missile.
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.