SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS - The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state. | Video
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NEW YORK - Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, was found dead in her apartment on Monday from an apparent suicide, according to a law enforcement official. She was 47.
CARACAS - A National Guard captain who was shot in the head during a demonstration in Venezuela died on Monday, the military said, becoming the 29th fatality from weeks of clashes between protesters and the security forces.
TRIPOLI - U.S. special forces have seized a tanker that fled with a cargo of oil from a Libyan port controlled by anti-government rebels, halting their attempt to sell crude on the global market. | Video
DUBAI - Pumps at Iran's planned Arak reactor, seen by the West as a potential source of plutonium for nuclear bombs, were tampered with in a failed attempt to sabotage the country's nuclear program, a senior official said on Monday.
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets on Monday to show their support for President Mahmoud Abbas, who is under heavy pressure as he prepares to meet U.S. President Barack Obama.
OLYMPIA, Washington - A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an Islamist militant group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal officials said.
JOHANNESBURG - With no end in sight, South Africa's platinum strike is set to become the biggest single stoppage to hit the country's mining sector since the end of apartheid in 1994, and now threatens the viability of an industry already in deep trouble.