1. According to the Los Angeles Times, the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck the area on Monday and was followed by 6 aftershocks is the most significant shake in Southern California since 2008. People reported feeling it within about 30 to 50 miles of the epicenter. A U.S. Geological Survey seismologist said there is the possibility that the 4.4 earthquake was only a prelude to an equal or stronger shake adding that it could mark "the end of the earthquake drought" that southern California has had over the past few years.
2. According to The New York Times, President Vladimir Putin claimed Crimea as a part of Russia on Tuesday, reversing what he described as a historical mistake made by the Soviet Union 60 years ago and brushing aside international condemnation that could leave Russia deeply isolated for years to come. Within minutes of delivering a passionate speech to Russia's entire political elite, Mr. Putin cemented his pledge by signing a draft treaty with Crimean leaders to make the strategic Black Sea peninsula part of Russia.
3. According to The Times of Israel, Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a scathing critique of the Obama administration on Monday, declaring that Israel cannot rely on the U.S. to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, accusing the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warning that its perceived weakness was inviting further terrorism against US targets.
4. According to Reuters, North Korea fired 10 short-range missiles into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula on Sunday. The missiles reportedly flew for 45 miles before splashing into the sea. ...
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