WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet today in Paris for discussions stemming from the crisis caused by Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
The high-ranking diplomats will meet to discuss the U.S. response to a working document they have been putting together in an attempt to avert a serious confrontation, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
The Paris session was announced after President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday that the diplomats should meet to discuss means of de-escalating the crisis.
Lavrov said Saturday that Russia has absolutely no intention or interest in crossing the borders of Ukraine.
Mourners recall POW’s Morse blinks
Prisoner of war Jeremiah Denton declared his loyalty to the U.S. government during a 1966 interview for what was supposed to be a propaganda film. But his enraged captors missed his more covert message: T-O-R-T-U-R-E, blinked into the camera in Morse code, a dispatch that would alert the U.S. military to the conditions he endured.
Denton, who would survive 7 1/2 years confined in a tiny, stinking, windowless cell at the infamous Hanoi Hilton and other camps during the Vietnam War before his release in 1973, died of heart problems Friday in Virginia Beach, Va., at age 89, his grandson Edward Denton said.
The elder Denton later became the first Republican from Alabama elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.
370 children found abandoned in week
Mexican officials said Saturday that in one week, they found 370 migrant children who apparently had been abandoned by traffickers paid to take them to the United States.
Children as young as 9 were rescued in 14 Mexican states between March 17 and 24, the National Migration Institute said, adding that 163 of the children younger than 18 were found traveling alone.
The institute said the children told officials the human traffickers abandoned them after being paid between $3,000 and $5,000. Sometimes migrants make the journey to the United States, then once established, pay traffickers to bring their children north.
Grandson survives fatal shooting spree
Police say an 86-year-old man shot his grandson in the head and then killed the grandson’s girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in New York City.
Authorities say Heriberto Pagan, of Brooklyn, shot his 47-year-old grandson outside a Staten Island house Friday evening before fatally shooting 28-year-old Claritle Christina Huerta inside the house.
Police say Pagan fled in his car and shot himself in the head several blocks away.
His grandson was in stable condition Saturday at a Staten Island hospital.