An agreement to ease the Ukrainian crisis was reached in Geneva on Thursday. Kiev was represented by its government. But who represented the rebels? Maybe Russia?. Do they have authority over them?

1DM48399, a photo by Guillaume Briquet on Flickr. The Ukrainian crisis has reached a new dimension with the last burst of violence. A hundred deaths, people killed by police using live ammunition, protesters parading policemen taken as a hostages, riots in several cities other than Kiev… a situation that is sliding to a total chaos. […]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the EU of trying to create a “sphere of influence” in Ukraine and warned the West against interfering in the crisis. He said also that Russia is ready to mediate in Kiev.

The EU has criticised the new Turkey’s legislation approved by the parliament that tightens the controls over the use of the Internet. The new bill would allow the authorities to block web sites without court order if their content is considered offensive or insulting. The Internet providers would be forced to give users data to the authorities, again without court order, and without notifying the users affected.

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych is taking a sick leave, while the protesters are asking for his resignation. The presidential website said that Yanukovych suffers an acute respiratory illness and high fever.
Some have seen the announcement in such a crucial moment as suspicious and a sign that Yanukovych may be losing power.

In a briefing published today, Amnesty International details how European Union (EU) member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria: just 0.5 per cent of the 2.3 million people who have fled the country.

Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.