Government and politics
Ukraine's fugitive president requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region "to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order," Russia's U.N. ambassador said Monday, contradicting the president's own comments last week, while Ukraine's ambassador said 16,000 troops are now deployed there.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defence Department says it is suspending exercises and other activities with the Russian military over Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Monday evening that the U.S. military has "put on hold" all military-to-military engagements, including bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences.
Kirby says the Pentagon values the relationship it has developed with the Russian military in the last few years.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to make the "tough decisions" needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians, as he sought to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan.
But facing a U.S.-imposed April deadline, the Israeli leader declared that, "Israel has been doing its part and, I regret to say, the Palestinians have not."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks are falling and bond prices are rising as tensions build over Russia's military presence in the Ukraine.
The price of crude oil rose as traders feared that Russian oil exports might be disrupted if Western governments impose sanctions on Moscow.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 153 points, or 0.9 per cent, to close at 16,168 Monday.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,845. The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Friday.
The Nasdaq composite fell 30 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 4,277.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Monday that any Russian threat to Ukraine's navy would be a "dangerous escalation" of an extremely tense situation .
The State Department said that Washington would hold Moscow directly accountable for such an escalation but did not elaborate on potential consequences. Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, however, that she could not confirm if Russia had in fact made such threats.
SHENYANG, China - Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials met in China on Monday in what Japan hopes will be a step toward talks on the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Red Cross meeting dealt with a different issue, the return of the remains of 21,600 Japanese who died in Korea during the chaos at the end of World War II.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Russia is "on the wrong side of history" in Ukraine and its actions violate international law.
Obama told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday that the United States is considering economic and diplomatic options that will isolate Russia. The president called on Congress to work on an aid package to Ukraine and make it the "first order of business."
Obama said continued military actions in Ukraine "will be a costly proposition for Russia."
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Monday in the second such launch in less than a week, amid ongoing annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington, South Korean officials said.
ISLAMABAD - Gunmen stormed Pakistan's main court complex in Islamabad on Monday, cutting down fleeing lawyers before blowing themselves up in a rampage that killed 11 people. It was the worst terror attack in years in the capital, which has largely been spared the violence raging in many parts of the country.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Shares of Russian companies traded in the U.S. are plummeted Monday as the country's military forces streamed into Ukraine, raising the possibility of sanctions by Western governments.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he may "find himself with asset freezes on Russian business." There are also talks of boycotting the Group of Eight summit of leaders in the Olympic host city of Sochi this summer.