Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Moscow ahead of Sunday's referendum in Crimea while a smaller protest also took place in Moscow in support of Russian president Vladimir Putin. (March 15)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
This infected child is a victim of Syria's three-year long civil war. There's little his mother can do to help in their refugee camp in Lebanon. She says she'd go back to Syria, if she could. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED SYRIAN REFUGEE WOMAN SAYING: "If the crisis ends now, I would go back and stay in a tent but I will keep my dignity. We want this crisis to end and to live in our houses with dignity and freedom." The U.N. has been pushing to increase cross-border humanitarian aid access for civilians trapped inside Syria. Where officials say more than nine million people inside Syria are in need of aid. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNHCR HIGH COMMISSIONER, ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, SAYING: "For all borders to be open to Syrians and in particular to Syrian children. To see Syrian children drowning in the Mediterranean today after fleeing the dramatic conflict in Syria is something totally unacceptable.
The Malaysian jetliner missing for more than a week was deliberately diverted and could have gone as far northwest as Kazakhstan or into the Indian Ocean's southern reaches, Malaysia's leader said Saturday. (March 15)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press
Russian forces took control of a village near the Crimean border on the eve of a referendum to determine the region's status, Ukrainian officials said. The vote is scheduled for despite widespread international condemnation about its legality. (March 15)Copyright 2014 The Associated Press