Top News: Protests in Kiev, Ukraine, continued outside of the country's parliament today. Opposition lawmakers introduced a vote of no confidence after more than a week of protests turned violent over the weekend. The vote failed to pass, but was intended to keep pressure on a government that is feeling increasingly threatened by the protests' urgency. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told reporters that the protests have "all the signs of a coup" and said that the government believes that protesters plan to storm parliament. Protests began when the Ukrainian government decided not to proceed with a deal that would draw Ukraine closer to the European Union, a move widely seen as being influence by continued Russian influence in the former Soviet state.
Though he took to television to defend his decision not to sign the EU agreement, President Viktor Yanukovych requested that the European Commission allow a Ukrainian delegation to discuss the deal between Ukraine and the European Union. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the delegation was welcome, but that the deal would not be renegotiated.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Brussels for a NATO ministerial meeting, canceled his scheduled trip to Kiev this week. In a heavy-handed move, he will instead visit the tiny country of Moldova, which has pursued closer ties with the European Union despite pressure from Moscow.
World Trade Organization: Talks resumed today in Bali and are planned through Friday in an effort to resolve the Doha round of negotiations that have stalled for the past decade. The negotiations will try to find compromises where a critical flurry of diplomacy in Geneva failed last week.
- The United States is discussing concluding its deployment of U.S. Special Operations Forces to Colombia, ending its physical involvement in the drug war and transitioning to a relationship more focused on building economic ties, FP reports.
- Peru is conducting its largest exhumation to date of civilians massacred during the country's 1980-2000 conflict with Shining Path rebels, the result of a 2003 truth commission.
- Investigators determined the train that derailed on Sunday in northern New York City was traveling at 82 miles an hour on a 30-mile-per-hour curve.
- Vice President Joe Biden begins his trip to Asia today with meetings in Japan, and will continue on to China and South Korea; he is expected to encourage regional leaders to de-escalate tensions stemming from China's assertion of an air defensive identification zone in the East China Sea.
- Chang Song-thaek, a 67-year-old senior military commander who was a close advisor to Kim Jong Il, has reportedly been removed from his post in one of the biggest leadership shakeups in North Korea since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father in 2011.
- Police in Bangkok, Thailand dismantled protester barricades as anti-government protests reached a lull after 10 days of unrest.
- Despite being reticent to assign blame for atrocities earlier in the conflict, the United Nations announced that it had evidence implicating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of crimes against humanity.
- After a spate of recent murders by motorcycle-borne gunmen, motorcycles have been banned in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa for the next two weeks.
- A series of bombs targeting government officials detonated in Baghdad, and two more targeted security personnel in Kurdistan. At least three people were killed in the assassination attempts.
- The Somali parliament ousted Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon on Monday after 14 months in office.
- As many as 500 Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian air force base and nearby army bases in Maiduguri, Nigeria; government troops have imposed a 24-hour curfew in the area and are hunting down repulsed attackers.
- The United Nations has begun a program to monitor restive regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo with unarmed surveillance drones.
- Police in Iceland shot a man to death for the first time in the country's 70-year history; the incident occurred in a shootout after a man opened fire on two unarmed officers.
- Rescue workers in Scotland finished removing the wreckage of a helicopter from the pub it crashed into on Friday; three people aboard the helicopter and six in the pub died.
- A Croatian group is suing folk singer Bob Dylan under France's stringent hate speech laws for comments he made in an interview comparing Croats to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
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