French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine could be imposed as early as this week if Moscow failed to respond positively to a proposition designed to calm the crisis. Fabius told radio station France Inter that a referendum in the Crimea region on joining Russia set for March 16 was illegitimate and that the annexation of the region by Russia would be illegal. Fabius said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had sent a proposition to Moscow in an effort to calm the situation. "If they respond positively, John Kerry will go to Moscow, and in that case the sanctions won't be immediate," Fabius said.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek, young women and men sit next to each other while a thick film of cigarette smoke fills the dimly lit cafe in central Tehran. Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" blares from the speakers.