With the eyes of the world on Ukraine, an escalated campaign of barrel bombings by the regime of Bashar al-Assad has led to the indiscriminate killing of men, women and children in Syria.
Armed men, thought to be Russians, seize a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol. Meanwhile, Ukraine's premier rejects Crimea's planned referendum.
Here at Channel 4 News we try hard to keep the plight of people in the Central Africa Republic on the radar - and Monday's UN report makes for sobering reading.
The escalating crisis in Crimea has set a number of western powers against Russia in a battle of words that includes threats of "costs" and allegations of illegal behaviour.
Putin is no salesman for democracy - but for now "big bad Russia", "big nasty Putin" and "poor heroic Ukraine" look a little too simplistic to me.
Russia's defence ministry dismisses claims that it had threatened Ukrainian troops in Crimea with a "real assault" if they did not surrender by the early hours of Tuesday morning as "utter nonsense".