MH17: Netherlands holds solemn ceremony for victims
2014-07-23 17:32:24 UTC
The Netherlands has received the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.
Forty hearses left for the town of Hilversum where the formal identification process will begin.
MH17: Putin 'created conditions' | Separatists 'shot down'
2014-07-23 07:22:20 UTC
US intelligence officials accused Moscow of "creating the conditions" that resulted in the death of 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines jet shot down last week over a part of Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
But in a partia...
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two black boxes from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts
2014-07-22 07:21:12 UTC
A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.
The handover came hours after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to demand immediate international access to the crash site.
MH17: The evidence against Russia
2014-07-20 22:27:35 UTC
The fact is that only a few weeks ago, a convoy of 150 vehicles of artillery, armoured personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers, tanks, crossed over from Russia into this area and these items were all turned over to the pro- Russia separatist...
MH17 Crash: Pro-Russian Separatists Destroying Evidence
2014-07-19 15:33:31 UTC
Ukraine has accused pro-Russian militiamen at the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash of trying to destroy evidence of an "international crime".
For a second day, OSCE monitors at the scene have had their movements restricted by militiamen.
OSCE: Ukraine rebels 'limit investigation'
2014-07-19 08:15:56 UTC
A team of international observers say pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have limited their access to the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines plane.
An OSCE spokesman said access to the site had been controlled by armed men, with one firing shots into t...
Ukraine's shelling could have irreversible consequences, says Russia
2014-07-14 07:51:02 UTC
Russia's foreign ministry says the Ukrainian army is responsible for the shelling that killed a man inside Russian territory, warning that the incident could have "irreversible consequences".
Russian investigators say a man was killed and a wom...
Iran nuclear talks deadline nears as foreign ministers gather in Vienna
2014-07-14 07:48:31 UTC
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, will press his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, to make "critical choices" in a second day of talks over Tehran's nuclear programme, according to an American official.
Kerry and Zarif met for two hours on...
UK Home Office accessing NHS records to help track down illegal immigrants
2014-07-13 15:05:16 UTC
The (UK) Home Office has been given access to the NHS records of more than 6,900 people since 2010 as part of its efforts to track down illegal immigrants, prompting concerns from patients' and migrants' rights groups.
Medical records are prote...
EU imposes sanctions on more Ukraine rebels
2014-07-12 16:30:48 UTC
The European Union has imposed travel bans and asset freezes on the Ukrainian separatist leader Alexander Borodai and 10 other rebels as residents of Donetsk flee amid fears of further attacks on the rebel stronghold.
The move came as the Ukrai...
Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave over spy row
2014-07-10 18:01:22 UTC
The German government has asked the top representative of America's secret services in Germany to leave the country. Members of the government's supervisory panel announced the measure at a press conference in Berlin this afternoon.
Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia
2014-07-09 16:14:00 UTC
(Reuters) - Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has asked Moscow to extend his asylum in Russia, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send...
Germany to step up counter-espionage efforts
2014-07-07 18:54:01 UTC
Germany may step up its counter-espionage efforts after an employee of its intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.
Measures being considered in response to scandal include monitoring the intelligence activities of n...
Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Union's last FM dies
2014-07-07 19:01:22 UTC
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Union's last foreign minister and later the president of Georgia, has died aged 86 after a long battle with illness. His death was confirmed by a spokesperson on Monday.
The politician had an extraordinary career...
Ukraine troops regain control of Slavyansk
2014-07-06 00:12:54 UTC
Government troops have raised a Ukrainian flag over the rebel stronghold of Slavyansk in Kiev's biggest tactical victory since the start of the conflict in the east of the country.
Kiev's forces entered the city on Saturday after pro-Russia reb...
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy faces criminal charge
2014-07-02 06:39:52 UTC
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday, the prosecutor's office said, on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.
The step, which oft...
Ukraine president ends ceasefire
2014-07-01 06:26:23 UTC
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says he is halting a unilateral ceasefire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and says Ukrainian forces will go on the offensive against the rebels.
A statement from Poroshenko on his website says t...
Putin’s Economic Model Showing Strain
2014-06-27 18:50:56 UTC
Russia warned Ukraine today that it faces “grave” economic consequences, including potential new restrictions on trade, after President Petro Poroshenko signed a free-trade agreement with the European Union.
Such retaliation would certainly har...
Ukrainian president: Separatists are under Putin's control
2014-06-27 17:15:43 UTC
The prospect of further western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine has grown after the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, accused Moscow of doing nothing to end the "disastrous war" in the east of his country.
In an interview with the Gu...
Michael Schumacher's 'medical records' offered for sale
2014-06-24 06:22:21 UTC
Medical notes purported to be those of retired Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher have been stolen and are being offered for sale, according to his management.
It issued a statement warning against the purchase and publication of the...
Ukraine separatists 'to join truce', rebel leader says
2014-06-24 06:31:24 UTC
Pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine say they will observe a ceasefire until Friday morning, responding to the Ukrainian forces' unilateral ceasefire.
The rebel announcement was made in Donetsk by Alexander Borodai, a leader of the self-styled ...
US steps up sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine
2014-06-21 07:10:26 UTC
The US has imposed sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine, as the crisis there shows no sign of easing.
The sanctions include asset freezes against seven pro-Russian leaders.
The move was announced as Western leaders threatened add...
Poroshenko hopes to win Putin's backing for peace plan
2014-06-19 05:42:18 UTC
Ukraine's president has announced plans for a unilateral ceasefire as part of a plan to end fighting in the east of the country. The announcement came not long after Petro Poroshenko spoke by telephone to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, r...
Ukrainian diplomat abuses Putin
2014-06-15 18:05:57 UTC
Ukraine's foreign minister has become embroiled in an unusual diplomatic row after he was caught on camera making abusive remarks about Vladimir Putin outside the Russian embassy in Kiev on Saturday evening.
As the conflict in eastern Ukraine h...
Ukraine vows downed plane response
2014-06-14 16:18:52 UTC
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to retaliate after pro-Russia separatists shot down a military plane in the east, killing 49 people.
Those involved in such "cynical acts of terrorism" must be punished, said Mr Poroshenko, who sum...