By Mike Collett-White KIEV (Reuters) - When President Vladimir Putin justifies the armed occupation of Crimea by saying Russian-speakers in Ukraine need defending from "neo-fascists", far-right leader Dmytro Yarosh is one of the main people he has in mind. In the final days of Viktor Yanukovich's rule, Yarosh's ultra-nationalist followers fought fierce battles with police on the streets of Kiev, earning them a reputation as shadowy extremists kept at arm's length by other opponents of the Moscow-backed leader. Now that he has achieved his main aim - helping topple Yanukovich - the 42-year-old hopes to pull off a remarkable transformation: drag his Right Sector paramilitary movement closer to the political mainstream. "Ukraine needs a change in the political elite," he said in rare interview at his heavily guarded headquarters in a drab, Soviet-era hotel in central Kiev.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Officials say censors in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar will ban the release of "Noah," the upcoming big-budget Hollywood film featuring Russell Crowe as the ark-building prophet.
By Chris Francescani and Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death toll from an explosion that collapsed two New York apartment buildings after an apparent gas leak rose to seven on Thursday, and the number of injured is close to 60, police said. New York City Police Detective Marc Nell said a seventh victim of Wednesday's blast was pulled from the buildings' rubble, and that no one had died at a hospital. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents involving natural gas, were looking into the explosion, that took place at about 9:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, shortly after a resident nearby called Con Edison to complain about the smell of gas.