Voters prepare to cast their ballots in the Irish general election at St. Patrick's National School in Castlebar, Ireland, on Feb. 25. The election has been dominated by debate on how to rebuild an economy brought low by the collapse of a property boom, which in turn led to a bailout of Ireland's banks. Unemployment has soared to more than 13 percent. Peter Morrison/AP
A Sinn Fein Election poster hangs on a telegraph pole near the village of Dungloe, Ireland, on Feb. 23. Peter Morrison/AP
Fine Gael Party leader Enda Kenny arrives to cast his vote in the Irish General Election at St. Patrick's Boys National School in Castlebar, Ireland, on Feb. 25. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
Election workers wait for voters in Castlebar, Ireland, on Feb. 25. Peter Morrison/AP
Leader of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams speaks to the media after casting his vote in Ravensdale, Ireland, on Feb. 25. Darren Staples/Reuters
A man protests outside the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin on Feb. 24. Friday's election is the first in Europe to be dominated by the region's debt crisis and Irish voters are itching to dump the ruling Fianna Fail party, which many accuse of mishandling the banking crisis that brought the once lauded 'Celtic Tiger' economy to its knees. Darren Staples/Reuters
Nuns leave a polling station after voting in the village of Knock, Ireland, on Feb. 25. Ireland's government braced itself for a heavy defeat Friday as voters went to the polls enraged about public service cuts, higher taxes, soaring unemployment, and the country's embarrassing bailout. Peter Morrison/AP
Ireland's Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore casts his vote in the Irish general election in Dublin on Feb. 25. Voters in the Irish Republic were going to the polls in the most eagerly anticipated election in decades. Almost 3.2 million voters will cast their ballots, with 550 plus candidates running in 43 constituencies for 166 seats. Julien Behal-pa/AP
Election posters line the lamp posts outside the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 24. Darren Staples/Reuters
Voters leave a polling station after casting their vote in the Irish general election in the village of Knock, Ireland, on Feb. 25. Peter Morrison/AP
Ukraine's confrontation with Russia over Crimea deepened today, with claims that Ukraine's top admiral defected and Russian troop movements in the peninsula.
Sabra Ayres, Correspondent /
March 2, 2014
The calm that prevailed in the streets of Crimea’s major cities Sunday belied an escalating and ugly situation. Russian troops are reported to be digging trenches on the border, the head of Ukraine's navy was accused of treason after he sided with the Kremlin-backed government of the Crimea region, and the Ukrainian government said it is mobilizing troops in preparation for a possible war against Russian soldiers now surrounding several Ukrainian military bases.