Ukraine's envoy to the United Nations, Yurii Klymenko, told UN diplomats today that "[t]here are indications that Russia is on its way to unleash a full blown military intervention in Ukraine's east and south." Meanwhile, EU leaders met to discuss further sanctions against Russia, economic support for Ukraine and lessening dependence on Russian oil and natural gas.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis could affect 2 million people by 2015, says the World Health Organization as new data on TB is released. "Earlier and faster diagnosis of all forms of TB is vital," argues WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. "It improves the chances of people getting the right treatment and being cured, and it helps stop spread of drug-resistant disease."
More than 45% of Syria's chemical weapons have been exported out of the country, according to the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The statement did not address progress on destroying Syria's chemical-weapons facilities.
Libya is asking the United Nations and others to help it counter terrorism in the country. The Libyan government has struggled to curtail militias intent on violence and capturing oil supplies. The UN Security Council on Wednesday voted, 15-0, to adopt a legally binding resolution that authorizes UN member states to commandeer ships illegally transporting Libyan crude oil.
Environmental concerns about the HidroAysen hydroelectric project in the Patagonia region of Chile is spurring the government to review the project and issue a decision within 60 days. In 2012, the Chilean Supreme Court rejected environmentalists' demands to stop the project.