U.S. snowboarder clinches first gold medal of Sochi Olympics
The first day of competition for the Sochi Winter Olympics is underway. American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 games during the debut of the snowboarding slopestyle competition.
Kotsenburg is the only medal on the board for the U.S., while Norway leads the competition so far with four medals.
Ceasefire is broken in Homs
Fighting resumed in the Syrian city of Homs on Saturday. The renewed fighting broke a ceasefire put in place to evacuate civilians.
A mortar landed near United Nations personnel, an official told the Associated Press. The Syrian military reportedly dropped barrel bombs on the city of Aleppo, killing 15 people.
Civilian casualties increasing in Afghanistan
Civilian casualties in the conflict in Afghanistan rose 14 percent in 2013, according to a report released by the United Nations on Saturday.
Last year was also the worst year for women and children since the war began, with 561 children and 235 women killed in 2013.
The number of children injured or killed in the war rose 34 percent in 2013.