The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution that called the recent referendum on the Crimea region illegal and reiterated the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The symbolic resolution passed with 100 votes in favor, 11 votes against and 58 abstentions. "This support has come from all corners of the world, which shows that this [is] not only a regional matter but a global one," said Andriy Deshchytsia, Ukraine's foreign minister.
EU and U.S. officials are preparing stronger sanctions against Russia in response to that country's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund is willing to loan Ukraine as much as $18 billion.
The United Nations World Health Organization has declared that 11 Southeast Asian countries are free from polio, meaning the disease is absent from 80% of the world. WHO is striving to meet its goal of making the world free of polio by 2018 but is facing challenges in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan intends to generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear power plants, writes Heather Murdock. But Nigerian journalist Wole Olaoye says nuclear is a poor choice considering security issues and the abundance of other sources.
Ukraine wants a peaceful settlement to the crisis with Russia, interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. Security Council members may draft a resolution on Ukraine that calls for access by international monitors to all regions of Ukraine and other measures, though a veto by Russia is expected.