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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CALGARY, Alberta - Alberta's Progressive Conservative government, which has run the oil-rich Canadian province for more than four decades, suffered another defection on Monday in what was the latest protest against the leadership of Premier Alison Redford.
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.
MILAN - An Italian judge has rejected a request by India to recover more than 278 million euros ($387 million) in bank guarantees backing a scrapped helicopter deal with Finmeccanica, the Italian defense group said on Monday.
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.