Ukrainian reaction to the Crimean parliament voting to become part of the Russian Federation is split. Moscow's de facto occupation of the majority ethnic-Russian Crimea sparked protests and counter-protests across Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Witnesses and Western analysts say thousands of Russian military personnel crossed into Crimea since last week, setting off a groundswell of Western condemnation against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and warnings of stiff penalties if Moscow fails to withdraw.
U.S. officials and lawmakers are voicing strong support for Ukrainian self-determination and economic assistance for Kyiv - and are not ruling out sanctions against Russia as the crisis in Ukraine festers. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
China expects to see stable growth economic growth and plans to boost defense spending by 12 percent this year. At the opening of the National People's Congress in Beijing, the country announced it would spend more than $130 billion on national defense. VOA's Bill Ide reports from Beijing.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has every right to send forces to Ukraine, but has yet to make that move. His statement has raised eyebrows in Crimea, where soldiers without insignia, widely believed to be Russian, are a common sight.
Tensions are rising in Ukraine, after Russian troops apparently took control of the country’s Crimea region. The United States and its allies are planning a response to Moscow’s actions.
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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Monday strongly condemned Russia's military presence in the Crimea region of Ukraine and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Arrott reports a certain pro-Russia calm in Crimea itself.
A string of violent attacks being blamed on Boko Haram militants in Nigeria has security analysts worried the group is growing stronger.
The al-Qaida linked militant group al-Shabab has struck at the heart of the Somali government with a string of attacks in Mogadishu. Long thought to be on the defensive, the recent strikes and a fresh recruitment drive point to a resurgence of one of Africa's most feared terrorist groups.
Hollywood honored its best on March 2 at the 86th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Stars stroll the red carpet as they arrive for the 86th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014.
At least 10,000 people rallied in Hong Kong Sunday to support press freedom. The demonstration was organized by journalists associations concerned about violence against the media after one of the city's most influential editors was attacked.