The Russian Foreign Ministry has insisted Kyiv withdraw all of its army units from southeastern Ukraine. Moscow's demand came hours after it said it would respond if its interests were attacked in Ukraine.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he has to choose between peace with Israel or Hamas. It comes after Hamas and Fatah agreed to a unity government.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians killed during World War I. The unexpected statement was the first of its kind made by a Turkish leader.
Australia has said cost is not a concern in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Searchers are also investigating "unidentified material" that washed up on the country's southwest coast.
Southern eurozone member Portugal has said its return to capital markets after a three-year pause has been successful. The government's auction of a long-term bond issue was met with strong demand from investors.
In 2013, governments in Europe were able to substantially lower their budget deficits, according to the latest EU data. Nevertheless, EU countries are still laboring under huge and even burgeoning debt mountains.
Japanese carmaker Toyota has said it has sold a record number of vehicles in the year to March. The company noted the sales boost was in no small way due to last-minute buying ahead of a VAT hike in the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Moscow will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine. He also accused the US of "running the show" in Kyiv with the pro-Western interim government.
World football's governing body FIFA have temporarily lifted FC Barcelona's ban on transferring players. The Catalan club will be able to make signings this summer while they appeal the sanction.
Nuremberg have fired coach Gertjan Verbeek. The 51-year-old Dutchman lasted just six months in the job, and leaves der Club facing relegation from the Bundesliga with just three matches to play.
China’s factory activity improved slightly in April, halting several months of decline, according to a survey made by British bank HSBC. Its flash PMI index for China, however, signals the contraction will endure.
President Barack Obama has arrived in Japan to begin his Asia tour. The White House has called the trip a "rebalancing" of US foreign policy in which Obama is expected reinforce his country's commitment to the region.
Amnesty International has issued a damning appraisal of working conditions for foreign nationals brought to Qatar as domestic labor. False promises on pay and conditions, physical abuse and rape were among the charges.
Police and protesters have clashed in a Rio de Janeiro slum, amid public anger over the death of a young man who regularly appeared on the country's largest TV network, Globo. Protesters blame police for the death.
The MUJAO Islamist group in Mali has said that it has killed a French hostage captured in November 2012, "because France is our enemy." The French government said it could not confirm the claim, but would investigate.
The La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by an ultra-defensive Chelsea side in the Champions League semifinal first leg. The main black marks for Jose Mourinho were suspensions to key players.
Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea’s nuclear site. The US says it is closely monitoring the situation on the peninsula ahead of Barack Obama’s tour of the region this week.
A Ukrainian politician has been found dead after being "brutually tortured," says Ukraine's interim president. The move has prompted a relaunch of operations to uprooting pro-Russian separatists from eastern Ukraine.
Most Nepalese Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are planning to leave the mountain after a meeting at which they voted to abandon this year’s climbing season after an avalanche killed at least 13 of their comrades.
Small arms fire has forced a Ukrainian military aircraft to make an emergency landing. The reconnaissance plane was flying over eastern city of Slovyansk, where pro-Russian separatists have taken control.
Less than a week before former Pope John Paul II is to be declared a saint, critics want answers about an abuse scandal involving an order of priests he had championed for years. The Vatican has refuted the claims.
Two tell-all books have created a storm, documenting the alleged shortcomings of outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Amid current electioneering, they have put the ruling Congress party on the back foot.
Lenders behind Portugal's 2011 bailout have returned to the country one more time for a final evaluation of its performance under the rescue deal. The eurozone nation plans to exit the bailout scheme in mid-May.
Members of China's Uighur minority have long complained they suffer cultural marginalization. Many now also say they are the victims of worsening repression, with accusations of serious human rights abuses.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been found guilty of slandering a municipal lawmaker and ordered to pay a fine. Navalny will be back in court on Thursday to face embezzlement charges.
One of China's smaller carriers, Shandong Airlines, has confirmed it's buying a batch of passenger planes from Boeing for billions of dollars. The deal marked a setback for European rival Airbus in a lucrative market.
Stable employment on the back of a robust economic recovery is washing record revenues into German state coffers, latest figures by the Finance Ministry say. Berlin believes state income is set to continue rising.
In China for a two-day visit, Germany's economy and energy minister has said firms back home would stand to benefit from Beijing's planned shift to cleaner energy. But some obstacles had yet to be overcome.
Swiss drugmaker Novartis has announced an overhaul of its business portfolio, including major deals with rivals GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly. The restructuring involves both divesting businesses and new acquisitions.
US Vice President Joe Biden has told leaders in Kyiv that they must "fight the cancer of corruption" in their government. He said Washington stands with them and is ready to provide economic support.
English football powerhouse Manchester United have parted ways with manager David Moyes. The Scot took over for icon Alex Ferguson last July, but struggled to find league form all season at Old Trafford.
The confirmed number of fatalities in South Korea's ferry disaster has topped 100, with nearly 200 people still missing. Dive teams have ramped up their search efforts after finding a way into the ship over the weekend.
Almost 150 Japanese lawmakers and a cabinet minister have visited the contentious Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, a memorial to Japan's 2.5 million dead in World War II. This precedes Barack Obama's arrival in Tokyo.
Thousands of Germans have marched on Easter Monday for nuclear disarmament and peace. German military export policy, Bundeswehr missions abroad and the current tensions in Ukraine were among the protest topics.
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