Summary Vice President Joe Biden urged Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to pull back Russian forces in Crimea in a phone call Monday morning, the latest development in the high-stakes standoff over Ukraine. "The Vice President urged Russia to pull back its forces, support the immediate deployment of international monitors to Ukraine, and begin a meaningful political dialogue with the Ukrainian government," the White House said in a statement.
Summary Crimea's situation is, as with many things in Ukraine's political crisis, compounded by a complicated history. The modern name ''Crimea'' seems to have come from the language of the Crimean Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group that emerged during the Crimean Khanate.
Summary Sergey Lavrov also called on Kiev to abide by an EU-sponsored deal that Moscow did not sign. The use of Russian troops is necessary "until the normalisation of the political situation" in Ukraine, Mr Lavrov said at an opening of a month-long session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Summary Meanwhile, Russia also pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government -- with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power -- would rule until an early election no later than December.
Summary A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near armored vehicles on a military base in Lviv, Ukraine. Military vehicles, believed to be property of Russian army, are seen near the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol.
Summary In Crimea: Russia consolidated its hold on the peninsula. "There are no grounds for the use of force against civilians and Ukrainians, and for the entry of the Russian military contingent." In the markets: Stocks fell across the world as investors chewed on the potential impacts of a ramped-up conflict in Ukraine.
Summary Despite all the uproar among global leaders and diplomats, investors thus far remain unconvinced that the conflict in the Crimea will become anything more than a minor regional event. The volatility index would have to jump another 30%-35% just to match where it stood in early February, as investors seemed much more concerned about the cold weather's potential impact in causing a long-awaited correction in the stock market.
Summary The Russian navy issued an ultimatum Monday to Ukraine's military in Crimea to surrender at dawn in what British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday is the "biggest crisis in Europe of the 21st century." "We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation's clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia's obligations under the U.N. Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine," the leaders said in the statement.
Summary EU's Ashton says EU calls on Russia to withdraw troops to bases and hold consultations with Ukraine (Reuters). Negotiations are ongoing to maintain the cut price deal but if no agreement is reached the price could rise in the second quarter.
Summary For the past week, this 27-year-old aviation mechanic has been stuck at his base in Belbek, Sevastopol's military airport, surrounded by Russian forces and kept away from his wife and six-month-old baby. The Ukrainian soldiers were ordered by their superiors to avoid a confrontation and pulled back to the barracks, leaving their equipment and the runways to the Russian military.
Summary Police: They had the right of way at a crosswalk. Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year because of the high number of drunken drivers and pedestrians on the road, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Summary CAMARILLO, Calif. A judge later rejected a prosecution request to more than double the bail figure. In a jailhouse interview Thursday, Hogrefe told the Star that he'd had about seven beers in a bar before the accident but doesn't remember getting in his car or hitting the deputy.
Summary OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- He recently boasted that the streets would never oust him, not after he had won at the ballot box and survived multiple violent outbursts against his 27-year rule. Protesters filled the streets of Ouagadougou in mass demonstrations against the president's attempt to change the Constitution.
Summary Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015. Orban said the tax would not be introduced because "people have questioned the rationality" of the measure.