LONDON (AP) - Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter on Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the US snoops on people.
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, will travel to Ukraine on Tuesday for a two-day visit after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators protested against the rejection of an EU pact, the Commission said.
KIEV (REUTERS) - Ukrainian riot police on Monday took up position near Kiev's city hall, which is occupied by pro-Europe protesters demonstrating against a government U-turn in trade policy towards Russia, Reuters eyewitnesses said.
PARIS (AFP) - French troops on Monday began disarming rebel fighters in Central African Republic, the army said in Paris, after a swell in violence that killed nearly 400 people.
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - US proposals on security presented by Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to the "total failure" of peace talks with Israel, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday.