Lavrov has promised assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis
2014-04-19 17:58:29 UTC
They say the Kiev authorities, who took power after pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests, aim to suppress the country's Russian-speakers.
In response to this accusation on Friday, ...
US raises pressure on Russia over separatists in Ukraine
2014-04-19 06:26:35 UTC
The US has threatened tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international agreement to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
The Kremlin responded by accusing the White House of treating Moscow like a "guilty schoolboy"...
Kiev reaches out to eastern rebels
2014-04-18 21:04:00 UTC
<h3>Ukraine's interim authorities have appealed for national unity and promised to meet some of the demands of pro-Russian protesters in the east of the country.</h3>These include the decentralisation of power and guarantees for the status of the ...
MH370 search sub completes first successful scan of Indian Ocean floor
2014-04-18 07:08:30 UTC
A robotic submarine has completed its first successful scan of the seabed in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but investigators say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.
The Bluefin-21's first two mission...
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
2014-04-18 06:10:50 UTC
<h3>Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87. Best-known for his masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' he is credited with putting magic realism on the literary map.</h3>Sources close to his fam...
South Korea: 'Captain was not at the helm of capsized ferry'
2014-04-18 05:43:04 UTC
<h3>In his first statement since the accident, Lee said he felt "really sorry for the passengers, victims and their families." "I feel ashamed," the 69-year-old said.</h3>A prosecutor investigating the South Korean ferry disaster has said the capt...
Iran has cut higher-enriched uranium stock 'by half'
2014-04-17 11:55:03 UTC
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, as per a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has been checking Iran's adherence to the deal, struck with si...
Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine
2014-04-17 10:25:35 UTC
<h3>Breaking News:</h3>MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine.
Putin said in a televised call-in session Thursday that he hopes that the Ukrainian crisis could be solved by political...
IRAN: Execution Stopped at Last Minute by Victim's Parents
2014-04-17 07:13:59 UTC
<h3>Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life</h3>When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds ha...
Nato to bolster forces in eastern Europe
2014-04-16 16:33:21 UTC
Nato has announced it has decided on a series of immediate steps to bolster its forces in eastern European as pro-Russian militia rolled into towns across eastern Ukraine in armoured vehicles.
"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on la...
Prosecutor has depicted Pistorius as a man with a disdainful attitude to authority
2014-04-16 08:26:36 UTC
It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius - doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.<a href="http://diaalnews.com/al...
Ship carrying 459 people sinks off South Korea
2014-04-16 19:52:43 UTC
Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea.
The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island ...
Putin, declared the Ukrainian moves "anti-constitutional acts"
2014-04-15 23:57:36 UTC
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, declared the Ukrainian moves "anti-constitutional acts" and in a phone call to the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, demanded that the UN condemn them. But the US voiced strong support for the Ukrai...
Ukrainian troops clash with armed pro-Russian gunmen
2014-04-16 00:05:45 UTC
Ukrainian government forces launched their first significant military action in the east of the country on Tuesday, clashing with about 30 pro-Russian gunmen at a provincial airfield and heightening fears that the standoff could escalate into a ma...
Washington Post and Guardian share Pulitzer Prize
2014-04-14 23:06:02 UTC
<h3>The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying.</h3>Their reporting was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edwa...
Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius is using his emotions "as an escape"
2014-04-14 17:45:40 UTC
The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.
"Now you trying to be emotional and i...
Ukraine Crisis: Russia isolated in UN Security Council
2014-04-14 05:48:27 UTC
The United Nations security council held an emergency session on Sunday night to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine as the war of words between its western allies and Russia continued.
Just hours before a deadline by Ukraine for pro-Russi...
Assad make clear that he is not willing to stand down
2014-04-14 04:46:20 UTC
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has claimed the upper hand in what he called a "turning point" in the three-year long civil war.
President Assad made the comments in an address at Damascus University,
His forces have been steadily recaptur...
'Casualties' in Ukraine gun battles - Anti-terrorist operation
2014-04-13 17:26:57 UTC
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov calls Ukraine's foreign minister, urges Ukraine's government to avoid use of force.<h3>'Casualties' in Ukraine gun battles - Official says 'anti-terrorist operation has started'</h3>Ukraine's president says a full-s...
Syrian enemies trade blame over gas attack
2014-04-13 05:50:26 UTC
Both sides in Syria's bloody conflict say a rural village has fallen victim to a poison gas attack.
What exactly happened on Friday in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province about 200km north of Damascus, remains unclear and likely won...
Pro-Russian gunmen seize key buildings in eastern Ukraine
2014-04-12 17:13:10 UTC
Gunmen have seized a police station and other government buildings in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland amid a tense deadlock in the country's east, where armed pro-Russian protesters have barricaded themselves inside government buildings and...
Oil leak taints Lanzhou water supply
2014-04-12 07:34:22 UTC
AN oil pipe leak is being blamed for excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in the tap water of one of China's key northern cities.
The official Xinhua News Agency said on Saturday a crude oil pipeline run by the state-owned China Nationa...
Ukraine leader Yatsenyuk offers powers to troubled east
2014-04-11 16:07:51 UTC
Ukraine's interim prime minister has offered to devolve more powers to eastern regions, where pro-Russian separatists are defying the government.
He is holding talks with regional leaders in Donetsk, where activists demanding self-rule are hold...
Australian PM 'confident' signals are from black box
2014-04-11 08:48:54 UTC
Hopes that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be found rose and then stalled within minutes Friday.
The most recent acoustic signal detected by an Australian aircraft Thursday is "unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes," Australi...
Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file
2014-04-10 21:34:18 UTC
The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington.