- Volunteers from self-defense units are taking an oath of allegiance to the people of Crimea as the autonomous republic puts together its own military in order to respond to possible provocations from the coup-imposed government in Kiev.
- Protesters in Kiev seized the Justice Ministry building near Independence Square on Sunday, following a day of calm. It comes one day after rioters seiged a convention center in the capital where police were stationed.
- Both the Egyptian interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood have themselves to blame for the poor security situation in the country, Egyptian journalist Mohammad Sabry told RT.
- Opposition leaders called for an early presidential election following a Saturday meeting with the government, where top government posts were offered to protest leaders and a review of the constitution was promised.
- The bombings in Volgograd are a geopolitical message to the Kremlin that its role in Syria issue isn’t taken kindly in certain quarters, and that Russia is now being made to suffer for its protection of Assad, geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser told RT.
- Kurds are becoming a bigger trigger in Syria and across the region, including Iraq and Iran, President of the International Strategic Studies Association, Gregory R. Copley, told RT. He added that Saudi Arabia is an “unfortunate” player in the Syrian war.
- Fifty people died after a Boeing passenger plane crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in central Russia on Sunday, according to the Emergencies Ministry. A doctor working at the scene said that only ashes and rubble were left from the plane.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that a 'regime of secrecy' by the West is unacceptable with regard to Syria and evidence of the use of chemical weapons there. Information sharing is a must.
- Britain has drafted a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. In spite of uncertainty over who was behind last week’s attack, Western powers are insisting the Syrian government was responsible.
- As the leaders of the world’s most powerful and wealthy nations convene in Northern Ireland, taxes, transparency, and trade will top the agenda.
- Police have fired water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets to clear Taksim and Gezi Park of protesters and prevent them from returning. Sporadic clashes have then been taking place around the area.
- Three ISS crew members have returned to Earth aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft after a five-month stint. During the mission commander Chris Hatfield took the internet by storm with his cosmic rendition of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity.