KIEV (AP) - Several hundred thousand Ukrainians occupied a central square in the capital on Sunday, denouncing President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to turn away from Europe and align this former Soviet republic with Russia.
TEHERAN (AP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief.
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, even though their two countries consider each other arch-enemies.
KABUL (AP) - The United Nations complained Sunday that Afghan authorities have been slow in enforcing a law protecting women against forced marriages, domestic violence and rape.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer and reflection to honour former president Nelson Mandela, starting planned events that will culminate in what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times.