Every holiday season, visitors flock to the Christmas markets in Prague and Bratislava, where shining lights and kitschy decorations abound. But the cousin capitals have retained some of their unique local traditions.
Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has started medical treatment in Germany. She suffers from a chronic back ailment linked to injuries she sustained while in prison on controversial corruption charges.
Russian and Ukrainian representatives have met for the first face-to-face talks since the onset of the Crimean crisis. Meanwhile, pro-Russian militia have fired warning shots to block observers from entering the region.
March 8 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, son of the renowned Johann Sebastian Bach. C.P.E. Bach became one of the most important and famous composers of the 18th century.
The 28th edition of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is now underway, drawing tech, music and film innovators and fans from around the world to Texas. Edward Snowden and Neil Young are set to be event highlights.