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Darth Vader Is Now Running for President in Ukraine, Sort Of

Imperial leader Darth Vader — or at least his closest Earth-based facsimile — is joining the crowded Ukrainian presidential race as a representative of the country’s “Internet party,” according to a new report . This Darth Vader has been a popular protester in Kiev, and has participated in several marches over the last few months in Independence Square. He represents the theatrical, but very real, Ukraine Internet Party.

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17 Landmark Smoking Bans That Cleared the Air

On March 29, 2004, Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce comprehensive legislation that banned smoking in the workplace, including in all bars and restaurants.

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Obama Talks Climate Change in James Cameron’s Showtime Documentary

The Showtime documentary series ” Years of Living Dangerously ,” executive produced by James Cameron, features an exclusive interview with Barack Obama, Mashable has learned — a segment that may provide rare insight into the President’s thinking on climate science and policy. The interview was taped during the week of March 16, individuals with knowledge of the segment said. The show premieres April 13.

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G7 Nations Isolate Russia, Back Out of Sochi Summit

The world’s top economic powers have officially backed out of the planned G8 summit in Sochi, a result of Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. “We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission met in The Hague to reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” the G7 leaders said in a statement issued shortly after Monday’s emergency meeting See also: In Pictures, Russia’s Military Occupation of Crimea The statement also threatened “sanctions that will have an increasingly significant impact on the Russian economy, if Russia continues to escalate this situation.” Read more..

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Ukrainian Hackers Shut Down NATO Websites

Pro-Russia Ukrainian hackers took down NATO websites on Saturday and Sunday in what is believed to be a response to the alliance’s stance against Russian activity in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. The activists used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which blasts chosen websites with so many requests that the site either crashes or moves too slowly to function. NATO had posted messages on its site stating that it did not approve of Sunday’s Crimean referendum, a vote in which 93% of voters decided the Peninsula should become a part of Russia

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95% of Crimeans Vote to Join Russia, Authorities Say

In a result that surprised few, 95% of voters in Crimea agreed that the peninsula should become a part of Russia, according to exit polls cited by officials and quoted by Russian state media . That number later jumped to 95% once half of the ballots were counted, according to Mikhail Malishev , head of the referendum committee. Crimea, an autonomous republic currently part of the Ukraine, is home to a large ethnic Russian population.

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Crimea Votes: The Day in Pictures

In a quickly-called referendum, Crimea voters went to the polls on Sunday to choose whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. With Crimea’s electorate composed mostly of ethnic Russians, the referendum was widely expected to support a split from Ukraine.

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Under the Gun, Crimea Goes to the Polls to Decide Its Future

KIEV, Ukraine — In what seemed to be an ominous beginning to the day, dark clouds and heavy rains swept over Crimea as residents of the Black Sea peninsula went to the polls to decide their future in a move backed by the Kremlin but denounced by the acting Ukrainian government and the West. As those in Crimea vote, they will be doing so literally under the gun, with thousands of heavily armed Russian soldiers and several Kalashnikov-wielding pro-Russian militia units who have besieged the peninsula breathing down their necks. See also: 9 Essential Questions About Ukraine, Answered Polls opened at 8 a.m.

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Crimea Election Official Says 95 Percent of Voters Chose to Join Russia

UPDATE, 4:45 P.M. ET – Mikhail Malishev, head of the Crimean referendum committee, said 95 percent of voters approved splitting from Ukraine and joining Russia, according to the Associated Press.

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U.S. Drone Intercepted 12,000 Feet Above Crimea: Russian Report

A U.S. attack drone was intercepted in the sky over Ukraine’s Crimea region on Friday, according to Russian state-owned holding company Rostec.

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