KIEV, Ukraine — Tensions in Ukraine spread far from its embattled capital today as hundreds of people in the city of Lviv stormed into the regional governor’s office and forced him to write a letter of resignation.
JOHANNESBURG — A new, 29-foot sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
KIEV, Ukraine — Two protesters whose bodies were found today near the site of clashes with police were shot with live ammunition, prosecutors said, raising fears that their deaths — the first after two months of largely peaceful protests — could further fuel violence on the streets of the Ukrainian capital.
MONTREUX, Switzerland — Peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria’s civil war got off to a rocky start today as a bitter clash over President Bashar Assad’s future threatened to collapse the negotiations even before they really begin.
BEIRUT — Syria’s conflict was sparked by an act of brutality — the detention and torture of schoolchildren who spray-painted anti-government graffiti in a southern city. In the three years since, the civil war has evolved into one of the most savage conflicts in decades.
APATZINGAN, Mexico — In medieval times, a powerful Christian military order known as the Knights Templar fought during the Crusades. Today, meth-peddling gangsters have taken the Templar name, and in an ironic twist they are finding Roman Catholic clergy among their fiercest enemies.
NUEVO ITALIA, Mexico — The thousands of federal police and military troops who have descended on the troubled Mexican state of Michoacán have been busy arresting suspected drug cartel members, disarming untrustworthy local police officers and standing guard on street corners of its tiny towns, assault rifles at the ready.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s top diplomat said today his country is prepared to implement a cease-fire in the shattered city of Aleppo and exchange detainees with opposition forces as a confidence-building measure before a peace conference opens next week in Switzerland.
PARIS — President Francois Hollande has visited France’s first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s city of Peshawar is the world’s largest pool of the polio virus, with the vast majority of cases in the country and neighboring Afghanistan tracing back to the restive northwestern city, the World Health Organization announced today.
BANGKOK — Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand’s capital today when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country’s political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come. Bangkok’s emergency services center said 36 people were injured, most not seriously, although at least one man was in surgery.
GENEVA — The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee today for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.
CAIRO — An overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country’s new constitution have backed the draft charter, a senior Egyptian official said today while an international monitoring group criticized the clampdown ahead of the vote and said authorities had imposed “severe limits” on freedom of expression.
LONDON — Child abuse investigators in Britain, the U.S. and Australia have dismantled an organized crime group that streamed live webcam footage of child sexual abuse from the Philippines for paying viewers around the world.
BAGHDAD — A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad killed at least 44 people today, authorities said, as the country remains gripped by violence after al-Qaida-linked militants took control of two cities in western Anbar province.