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PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius said he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after thinking he heard the noise of an intruder at his home, which turned out to be a washing machine, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial.
Simferopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - The European Union and Washington on Monday sanctioned top Russians and Ukrainians deemed responsible for a breakaway vote in Crimea that has fanned the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War. Official results from Sunday's disputed referendum showed 96.77 percent of voters in the mostly Russian-speaking region of Ukraine had opted for Kremlin rule in what would be the most radical redrawing of the map of Europe since Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia. Crimea's lawmakers on Monday formally asked to join Russia and vowed to disband Ukrainian military units stationed across the region -- a move that threatens to inflame the raging security crisis on the European Union's eastern frontier. The joint response from the European Union and Washington was both swift and tough.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.