BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday that she considered the referendum being held in Crimea this month on joining Russia was "illegal".
DETROIT (Reuters) - Mr William Clay Ford Sr., the last surviving grandchild of Ford Motor Co founder Henry Ford, died on Sunday at age 88, the company said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul said on Sunday he was preparing for a possible run for the presidency in 2016, but would not make a final decision until after the November mid-term elections.
BEIRUT (AFP) - A group of nuns kidnapped from a Syrian town in December were expected to be released, thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation, a monitoring group and Lebanese media reports said on Sunday.
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq's transport minister apologised on Sunday for a row in which a Lebanese airliner en route to Baghdad was ordered to turn back mid-flight to pick up his son.