The UN has suspended operations in Syria because of the growing danger facing staff there. Meanwhile US President Barack Obama has warned the regime of Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons on his own people.
The UN Security Council has held an emergency session at Russia's request. The meeting followed an ultimatum issued by Kyiv to pro-Russian militants to cease the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
The Turkish government has blocked YouTube and is outraged over the release of an official recording regarding national and international security questions. The fate of the perpetrators and the government are at stake.
A massive polio vaccination campaign has been launched in Syria, Iraq and other countries to stem fears that the disease has spread across borders. UNICEF aims to protect 20 million children during the five-day campaign.
The US has said it will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan by 2017. Washington said it was keen to bolster defenses against North Korean missile threats after Pyongyang's recent weapons tests.
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