INDIA: Participants in the weekend’s Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and accompanying shorter runs included 200 runners with disabilities, a six-time participant in a wheelchair, a spine surgeon with his 30 patients, and at least 84 senior citizens.
SAUDI ARABIA: An influential Saudi prince publicly blasted the Obama administration over its Mideast policy. “We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia. The strain in U.S.-Saudi relations is significant, but bear in mind: The United States no longer needs Saudi oil as it once did (and that’s a good thing). The Saudis are upset that the U.S. has fumbled support for increasingly radical, jihadist, terrorist militias who want to overthrow the government in Syria and install a Wahhabi-like Islamic state.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: With war causing the Central African Republic to implode, displaced Africans testify in these videos to their sufferings. “We have nothing. Nothing at all. We are here only with our bodies,” they say.
UKRAINE: Two U.S. senators appeared before crowds of protesters in Kiev on Sunday to bolster anti-government demonstrators who want to join the European Union, just as the EU announced it was breaking off talks for joining. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was to sign an association agreement with the EU, but has instead been moving steadily toward re-linking with Russia, something analysts say will, in effect, reconstitute the former Soviet Union. The Wall Street Journal argues U.S. appearances in Kiev show a novel united approach coming from Washington.