Top News: Demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev ramped up their calls for President Viktor Yanukovych resignation. Thousands of protestors congregated in Ukraine's Independence Square on Monday, blockading the headquarters of the cabinet. Demonstrators took to the streets after a brutal crackdown by security forces over the weekend.
Rallies have intensified over the last week and a half after President Yanukovich refused to sign political and free trade accords with the European Union. The agreements would represent a break the country's close ties with Russia. The Kremlin has pressured Yanukovich not to sign an accord with the EU, instead urging the government to join a customs union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
In addition to supporting accords with the west, opposition groups have demanded the release of the jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Afghanistan: Last week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejected the recommendation from the loya jirga, an assembly of thousands of the country's tribal leaders, to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. The BSA would, among other things, codify the role of a transitional U.S. force in Afghanistan. On FP, Emile Simpson explains how Karzai's latest stunt proves the president cares more about safeguarding his legacy than his country's future.
- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rejected calls by anti-government protestors that she resign from office. Clashes broke out on Monday after demonstrators attempted to storm the prime ministers office.
- China launched a rocket carrying its first ever robotic lunar rover. If successful, the mission would be the first "soft landing" on the moon since the Soviet's in 1976.
- Indian police arrested the editor of a top news magazine, Tehelka, over allegations of sexual assault. Six journalists, including the publication's managing editor, have resigned since the police launched their initial investigation.
- Egypt's draft constitution was made public over the weekend amid continued unrest in Tahrir Square. Officials have said the draft will be put to a referendum this month.
- Clashes broke out in Tripoli between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. At least ten people have died.
- The number of HIV-positive patients in Iran has grown nine-fold in the past decade. According to a report by Iranian state television two-thirds of patients contracted the virus from infected needles.
- Croatia passed a referendum that forces the government to amend the constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
- At least seven people died in a fire in a Chinese-owned clothing factory in the Italian town of Prato.
- Scottish authorities found a ninth fatality after a police helicopter crashed into a pub in Glasgow on Friday.
- France deployed reinforcements to their existing force in the Central African Republic. Last week, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced France would send approximately 1,000 troops to help stabilize the war-torn country.
- A 24-hour curfew was imposed in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri after militants allegedly associated with Boko Haram attacked a nearby air force base.
- A separatist group in Mali said it would no longer comply with the ceasefire agreement after security forces clashed with Tuareg protestors in the northern town of Kidal.
- Canadian police arrested a man for allegedly seeking to sell state secrets to China.
- Demonstrators took the streets in Mexico City to protest the proposed privatization of Mexico's oil and gas sector.
- Colombia's Farc rebel group accepted a challenge to compete in a soccer game to support peace.