Crimean lawmakers called a March 16 referendum to return Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula to its former Soviet-era master as European Union leaders quarreled over how to tame Russia for its military actions there.
Congress should pass a 2010 agreement boosting the resources of the International Monetary Fund as part of efforts to help the fledgling government of Ukraine, a U.S. Treasury Department official said.
Forest fires brought on by drought in Malaysia and Indonesia fouled air quality to unhealthy levels in parts of Southeast Asia, stoking concerns of a repeat of the haze that engulfed the region in June.
Hong Kong stocks slid, with the benchmark index falling for the first time in four days, after an official gauge of Chinese manufacturing dropped to an eight- month low and amid intensifying tension over Ukraine.
Lesotho and South Africa will start the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project at the end of March, according to a statement from the landlocked kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations.