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Vladimir Putin 'hopes not to use force in Ukraine'

Vladimir Putin has said he "hopes" he will not have to use force in eastern Ukraine, although he once more claimed Russia has the right "to defend Russian-speakers" in the area.

Vladimir Putin on a live phone-in on Russian television Credit: RTV

"I remind you that the Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) granted the president the right to use military force in Ukraine," he said.

"I really hope that I do not have to exercise this right and that we are able to resolve all today's pressing issues diplomatically."

Speaking during a televised phone-in, the Russian president also criticised the United States over the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, saying it was "an illusion" that force can resolve international problems.

US Army upholds Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence

Private Manning is escorted into court to receive his sentence at Fort Meade in Maryland Credit: Reuters

A United States Army general has ignored claims for clemency in upholding Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for handing over classified military and government documents to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

The US Army military district of Washington has released a statement saying that Major General Jeffery Buchanan has taken 'final action' in the court-martial of the former intelligence analyst.

Manning was sentenced in August 2013 for six Espionage Act violations and 14 other offences for leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.

As commander of the military jurisdiction in which Private Manning's trial was held, General Buchanan could have reduced the court martial findings.

More: US solider jailed for 35 years in WikiLeaks case

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GlaxoSmithKline investigating Iraq corruption claims

British drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline is investigating allegations of corruption in Iraq, after claims emerged that it hired 16 state-employed doctors and pharmacists as sales representatives while they worked for the government.

UK pharma giant GSK said they are investigating claims of improper conduct in their Iraq offices. Credit: Reuters

The new allegations of corruption come just months after a major scandal in China, when 18 employees were detained on bribery charges.

Read: Chinese police detain 18 in GlaxoSmithKline probe

Details of the new allegations were sent to the company earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a statement, GlaxoSmithKline said:

"We are investigating allegations of improper conduct in our Iraq business. We have zero tolerance for unethical or illegal behaviour.

"In total, we employ fewer than 60 people in Iraq in our pharmaceuticals operation and these allegations relate to a small number of individuals in the country."

More: GSK experiencing a little local difficulty in China

Fort Hood shooting victims named

The three decorated soldiers killed in the Fort Hood shootings have been named as Sgt. 1st class Daniel Michael Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens.

Read: Soldier said the 'devil' took him weeks before rampage

Thirty-nine-year-old Sgt Ferguson, listed as living in Mulberry, Florida, served in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Fort Hood said in a press statement.

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, from Mulberry, Florida.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, from Mulberry, Florida. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

Staff Sgt Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, had served in Kuwait and Iraq. He is listed as coming from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

Staff Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37, of Effingham, Illinois, served as a heavy vehicle driver in Iraq and Kuwait.

Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37 from Effingham, Illinois.
Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens, 37 from Effingham, Illinois. Credit: Fort Hood Press Center

The statement added: "Circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the US Army Criminal Investigation Division."

Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old soldier battling mental illness, is suspected of killing the three men and wounding 16 others at Fort Hood on Wednesday.

The incident marks the second mass shooting in five years at the massive Army base.

Photographer and reporter shot while sitting in car

Photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed and reporter Kathy Gannon, 60, wounded while they were sitting in the back of a car, Associated Press said.

Anja Niedringhaus, an acclaimed German photographer who had covered conflict zones including Kuwait, Iraq, Libya, Gaza and the West Bank, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television freelancer who witnessed the shooting.

Bullet holes seen in the car in which Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were traveling when they were shot by an Afghan policeman Credit: AP Photo

Canadian reporter Kathy Gannon, who is based in Islamabad and has covered war and unrest in Afghanistan for 30 years, was shot twice and was receiving medical help, the AP said. Kathy Gannon underwent surgery in the eastern city of Khost. .

The operation was described as successful and Gannon's condition was stable, AP said

Soldier said the 'devil' took him weeks before rampage

Fort Hood gunman Iván López posted a chilling Facebook status weeks before his deadly rampage in which he said the "devil" had taken him and that he was “full of hatred,” Fox News Latino reported.

López, 34, killed three people and injured 16 others before taking his own life after opening fire at the sprawling army base in Texas.

U.S. soldier SPC Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula between 2007 and 2008 Credit: REUTERS/Puerto Rico National Guard/Handout

The post dated March 1 told of his anger at being apparently robbed:

"I have just lost my inner peace, full of hatred, I think this time the devil will take me," López posted on his Facebook page, which has since been taken down.

More: Photo emerges of alleged Fort Hood gunman

U.S. soldier SPC Ivan Lopez is pictured during a deployment to Iraq. Credit: REUTERS/Puerto Rico National Guard/Handout

"I was robbed last night and I am sure it was 2 “flacos” (guys). Green light and finger ready. As easy as that."

He did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago but was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety, NBC reported.

Read more: US soldier who shot dead three at military base is named

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Photo emerges of alleged Fort Hood gunman

Ivan Antonio Lopez
Ivan Antonio Lopez is alleged to have killed three people and himself at Fort Hood. Credit: Richard Esposito, NBC News Investigative Unit

A photograph has emerged of Ivan Antonio Lopez, the man who allegedly killed three others and himself in a gun attack on Fort Hood military base on Wednesday.

NBC News, the organisation that obtained the photograph, says documents it had seen indicated Mr Lopez was a 34-year-old married father who was transferred to Fort Hood two months ago, having joined the army in 2008.

He did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago but was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety, NBC reported.

Read: Gunman kills three at Fort Hood military base

Fort Hood gunman 'did not see combat in Iraq tour'

A gunman who killed three people at the Fort Hood US army base apparently did not see combat during a tour in Iraq three years ago, but was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety, NBC News reported.

Military officials say that records do not show any combat citations or ribbons, but stressed that it did not mean he was not suffering serious psychological problems.

Watch: Soldier 'had mental health and behavioural issues'

Obama questions safety of soldiers returning from duty

Soldiers at home need to feel safe after doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama said, after a gunman with reported mental health issues opened fire at Fort Hood's Army base killing three people.

President Obama raises question of soldiers' safety after doing tours abroad. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/DPA/Press Association Images

"We know these families. We know their incredible service to our country and the sacrifices that they make. Obviously our thoughts and prayers ... are with the entire community," Mr Obama said.

"When they're at their home base, they need to feel safe. We don't yet know what happened tonight, but obviously that sense of safety has been broken once again," he said.

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