By Carey Gillam INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Dan Kittle has spent more than a decade waiting for this day. As the man in charge of research and development at Dow AgroSciences, the unit of Dow Chemical Co that develops agricultural seeds and pesticides, Kittle remembers the "big shock" when rival Monsanto Co unveiled a genetically modified seed in 1996 designed to be used in combination with a specific herbicide, a combination that rapidly led Monsanto to riches. Since then, Monsanto has become the world's largest seed company with $15 billion in annual sales, up roughly 200 percent from a decade ago, and Kittle and a team of Dow researchers have been working to catch up.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The arrival of Russian troops in Crimea has opened old wounds among the Crimean Tatars, who were deported during World War II. Fearing that once again they will be unwelcome in their homeland, some are organizing community-watch patrols to protect their families and homes in a place they strongly feel should remain part of Ukraine.
The United States said Monday that President Barack Obama's invitation to Ukraine's new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk would recognize the responsible role played by the government in Kiev. The White House also stressed that the result of the referendum planned by Crimea on the question of joining Russia would be viewed by the United States as illegitimate. Obama will meet the Ukrainian prime minister at the White House on Wednesday, in what will be seen as a clear message to Russia, which views the interim government in Kiev as illegitimate.