World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012. The fall comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent, according to SIPRI.

The Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats in just four days, said the UNHCR.

NATO accuses Russia to have made a military build up near the Ukrainian border and proved it with some satellite images taken between late march and early april.

War-torn Syria plans to hold elections – Despite widespread death, destruction and displacement, Assad government will hold presidential polls by July – Al Jazeera.

The lack of fund donations has forced the UN to reduce the size of food parcels distributed among the hungry Syrians affected by the war.

As it was predictable protesters in some eastern Ukrainian cities are seizing official buildings and demanding the celebration of referendums to join Russia as Crimea did.

The are already more than a million refugees from Syria in Lebanon, according to the UNHCR. Which means that almost one of four residents in the country are now refugees.