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An Oscar statuette is displayed at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York in this February 23, 2011 file photo. Photo by Reuters
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Ukraine mobilized all its military reserves amid rising concern over a Russian incursion into Crimea, with Russian President Vladimir Putin rejecting calls from the West to pull back his forces. 

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are planning to rally against the impending draft law, with demonstrations causing major disruptions in Jerusalem, including the blocking of the city's entrance. 

A 24-year-old Muslim man was killed by Israeli forces after an IDF raid on his home, with his family claiming commanders on the scene didn’t allow them to try and convince him to surrender.

The U.S. is pressuring Israel's intelligence agencies to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran, CBS News reported, which has apparently lasted for several years.  

An ex-Israeli soldier led a Kiev fighting unit called "the Blue Helmets of Maidan" which consisted of 40 men and women, including several IDF veterans. 

Japan pledged more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, as representatives from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians' quest for statehood. 

The controversial proposal to lengthen women's army service has been postponed until 2016, according to a compromise plan. 

As the world awaits the Oscars, Haaretz's veteran film critic answered questions sent in by reading about Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony