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Posted: March 1, 2014 at 3:11 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation.” Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s newly named interior minister, after men described as Russian troops deployed at airports and a coast guard base in the Crimea region of Ukraine

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Rice farmers wait to file claim forms for back pay on a rice subsidy plan at the Attorney General's office in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The rice subsidy program — a flagship policy of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra's administration that helped win the votes of millions of farmers - has accumulated losses of at least $4.4 billion and has been dogged by corruption allegations. Payments to farmers have been delayed by many months. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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