Ukraine said Sunday it could sign later this month part of a crucial EU agreement for greater integration, even as the former Soviet state remains in a state of upheaval.
"The political association with the European Union could be signed on March 17 or 21," Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said in an interview with Ukrainian 1+1 television.Full Story
Restrictions by Sudan's government and the inadequate equipment of some peacekeepers in the Darfur region are hindering their ability to protect civilians and aid workers while violence increases, the U.N. chief says.
Ban Ki-moon made the comments in a review of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) which the U.N. Security Council ordered last July, according to a copy received Sunday by Agence France Presse.Full Story
Vietnamese searchers on Sunday spotted possible aircraft debris after combing the sea for nearly 48 hours in search of a Malaysian passenger jet that vanished with 239 people aboard, officials said.
The discovery, which could confirm the worst fears of anguished relatives, came after Malaysia's government launched a terror probe into the Boeing 777's disappearance, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports.Full Story
A Turkish court has freed five men accused of torturing and murdering three Christian missionaries in 2007, after the suspects' time in detention while on trial exceeded new legal limits, local media said Saturday.
The men walked free from their high-security prison in the eastern city of Malatya on Friday, according to Dogan news agency.Full Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday marked seven years since the disappearance in Iran of American Robert Levinson and urged Tehran to work with Washington to ensure his safe return.
"Robert Levinson disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island, Iran, during a business trip. He is one of the longest held American citizens in history," Kerry said in a statement.Full Story
African peacekeepers in Somalia operating with government forces have recaptured several strategic towns in the southwest from the al-Qaida-linked Shebab militia, officials said Sunday.
The African Union's AMISOM force announced it had launched a widescale offensive on Thursday against the Islamist fighters in areas near the Ethiopian border.Full Story
Pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kiev rally in Crimea with clubs and whips on Sunday as thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations, escalating separatist tensions in the troubled ex-Soviet state.
Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede "an inch" of its territory to Moscow after Russian forces and pro-Kremlin gunmen took over the Black Sea peninsula.Full Story
Tens of thousands of citizens turned out for an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo on Sunday, as the nation prepares to mark the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
Demonstrators congregated at Hibiya Park, close to central government buildings, before marching around the national parliament.Full Story
The Kiev authorities should block the presidential bid of the leader of Pravy Sektor, or Right Sector, movement, Dmytro Yarosh, the Russian foreign ministry's rights envoy said Sunday.
"The de facto authorities in Kiev and their Western protectors must close the road to power for the neo-fascist Yarosh and his supporters," foreign ministry rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov wrote on Twitter.Full Story
Afghan Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, formerly one of the country's much feared warlords, died of natural causes on Sunday after a turbulent life that summed up the country's recent past.
Fahim, a leader of the Tajik ethnic minority, was senior vice president under President Hamid Karzai, who will step down at elections next month as NATO combat forces pull out of Afghanistan after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.Full Story