A bill of rights should be created to govern the Internet in the wake of revelations about the depth of government surveillance, the inventor of the World Wide Web said on Wednesday. Tim Berners-Lee made the proposal as part of the "web we want" campaign for an open Internet, exactly 25 years after he first presented a paper with plans for the World Wide Web. "We need a global constitution -- a bill of rights," he told the Guardian. "Unless we have an open, neutral Internet we can rely on without worrying about what's happening at the back door, we can't have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture," he said.
Ukraine's prime minister heads for talks Wednesday with US President Barack Obama aimed at winning vital aid and moral backing amid Crimea's plans to join Russia in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The first meeting between Obama and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk comes with the vast ex-Soviet nation in danger of breaking apart when the predominantly ethnic Russian region holds a Moscow-backed referendum Sunday on switching over to Kremlin rule. Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said his heavily outnumbered army would never try to seize back the Black Sea peninsula from Russian troops who made their land grab days after the February 22 ouster in Kiev of pro-Kremlin leader Viktor Yanukovych.
Holders Bayern Munich kept their hopes alive of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League trophy while Atletico Madrid also progressed to the quarter-finals of this season's competition on Tuesday. Bayern -- who have reached the final of the past two Champions League campaigns -- were held 1-1 in Munich by Arsenal, but just as they did last year against the same opposition at the same stage, the Germans went through, this time 3-1 on aggregate. However Bayern's joy at going through was somewhat soured after Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger accused Dutch wing Arjen Robben of diving throughout the two legs.