1.) Ukraine: 16,000 Russian troops deployed to Crimea, ultimatum said to be issued to Ukrainian navy. Russia claims former President of Ukraine requested troops. Story developing.
2.) Nigeria: Islamic militants in Nigeria kill 31, taking the 3 day death toll to 116.
3.) Bahrain: 3 dead in a blast in a village outside of the capital after a Shi’ite protest.
Syria Update: ISIL is reported to have retreated from some parts of Syria.