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Russia may accuse the protesters who toppled Ukraine's pro-Moscow government of being "fascists" and "neo-Nazis" but the country's Jews insist they have seen no trace of anti-Semitism. Moscow was quick to slam the Maidan protesters as extremists bent on waging war against ethnic Russians, and media in Russia -- much of it influenced by the Kremlin -- has carried repeated reports of Russians fleeing Ukraine, claiming both they and Jews are at risk of violence. But according to Ukraine's chief rabbi Moshe Reuven Asman, there isn't a hint of anti-Jewish sentiment -- either on the Maidan square, where protesters have camped out for four months, or elsewhere in the country. Just to be sure, he and Vadim Rabinovich, the president of the Congress of Ukrainian Jews, phoned around to get local confirmation.
The European Central Bank appears to be increasingly on the defensive, stepping up efforts this week to counter criticism of complacency after it held interest rates steady again this month. A whole range of top ECB officials -- from president Mario Draghi to chief economist Peter Praet and the newest executive board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger -- have felt compelled to defend the decision not to ease monetary conditions any further, despite an alarmingly low level of inflation. The ECB last cut its key "refi" refinancing rate to 0.25 percent in November but has not taken any additional measures since, despite concerns the single currency area could slip into deflation. "Acting just for the sake of acting makes no sense," said Sabine Lautenschlaeger, who joined the ECB's executive board in January.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Attention focused Sunday on the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after the country's leader announced findings so far that suggest someone with intimate knowledge of the Boeing 777's cockpit seized control of the plane and sent it off-course.