In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 (^N225) retreated 1.06% to finish at 27,963 while the Hang Seng (^HSI) in Hong Kong climbed 1.5% to 17,585. The Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) also closed in the red, falling 0.13% to 3,083 points.
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Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014, will never again be part of Ukraine, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said on Monday in remarks detailing his objection to Zagreb providing military aid to Kyiv. In December, Croatian lawmakers rejected a proposal that the country join a European Union mission in support of the Ukrainian military, reflecting deep divisions between Milanovic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. A vocal critic of Western policy in Ukraine, Milanovic has said he does not want his country, the EU's newest member state, to face what he has called potentially disastrous consequences over the 11-month-old war in Ukraine.
Cindy Williams, who was among the most recognisable US stars in the 1970s and '80s for her role opposite Penny Marshall's Laverne on the US sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died at age 75.Her children, Zak and Emily Hudson, said their "kind, hilarious" mother died in Los Angeles after a brief illness.