MOSCOW (AFP) - The ousted president of Ukraine, Mr Viktor Yanukovych, is to speak in southern Russia on Tuesday in his first public statement in over a week, Russian news agencies reported.
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine sought urgent Western backing on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck late Sunday off the coast of northern California, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or a tsunami threat.
WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand will hold its general election on Sept 20, Prime Minister John Key said on Monday, in a vote that is likely to focus on his centre-right National Party's economic record.
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (REUTERS) - Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine's constitution.