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Obama: Russia 'trains, arms and funds' Ukraine rebels

US President Barack Obama has warned that Russia faces "more costs and consequences" if it continues to aid rebels in eastern Ukraine.

President Obama
President Obama Credit: Reuters

In a news conference at the White House, he said:

The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia. They are armed by Russia. They are funded by Russia. Russia has repeatedly and deliberately violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the new images of Russian forces inside Ukraine make that plain for the world to see ...

As a result of the actions Russia has already taken, and the major sanctions we have imposed with our European and international partners, Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War ... This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia.

– president Obama

US: Sanctions are 'most effective tool' against Russia

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said the US is considering a "range of tools" to deal with what it sees as Russian aggression in Ukraine.

She said increased sanctions on Russia are "the most effective tool, the best tool."

"A military solution is not what we think is the appropriate approach so we're taking every tool that we can to see if we can reach a solution here through diplomatic means," she said.

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TV crew member killed during filming of armed robbery

A crew member has been shot dead while filming the police response to an armed robbery for a US TV series.

Officers accidentally shot sound technician Bryce Dion, 38, who was struck in a gap in his protective clothing, the Omaha Police Department said.

Dion was part of the crew for reality show Cops, and was mistakenly hit after entering a branch of Wendy's restaurant during a shootout which also saw the suspected robber killed.

Spike TV - which carries the series - could not be reached immediately for comment.

Gun instructor accidentally shot dead by 9-year-old girl

Footage showing a firearms instructor teaching a nine-year-old girl moments before she accidentally killed him has been released.

Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head at a shooting range in Arizona on Monday after the girl lost grip of the Uzi, a high-powered submachine gun.

The video, released by Mohave County Sheriff's Department, shows Vacca instructing the girl to take a single shot, before the gun is switched to automatic and she appears to lose control.

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Parents' letter to Michael Brown in funeral program

The parents of a Missouri teen shot dead by a police officer have paid tribute to him in the program of his funeral service.

Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden called her son 'a blessing.'
Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden called her son 'a blessing.' Credit: Reuters

In a letter to Michael Brown his mother Lesley McSpadden wrote: "The day you were born I just know God sent me a blessing and that was you."

The letter by Michael Brown Sr. read: "I always told you I would never let nothing happen to you and that's what hurts so much, that I couldn't protect you."

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