Armed soldiers are in control in Crimea. Politicians and legal experts have accused Russia of breaking international law. Moscow insists that it has not contravened any agreements, but its arguments do not stand up.
Tartars fear that Ukraine and Russia's tug-of-war over Crimea will result in ethnic tension.
Comparing Crimea to the Caucasus is over-simplified, but could help policy makers understand Russia.
US President Barack Obama has imposed a first round of sanctions on Russian officials such as freezing assets and issuing travel bans. It's a fine line of putting pressure on Russia while leaving room for diplomacy.
Yulia Tymoshenko is yet to clearly lay out her plans for the future, but there are signs she may intend to move into the Ukrainian president's office. Experts say she may just have a chance of succeeding.
After criticizing Russia's actions in Crimea, Chancellor Merkel is now looking beyond condemnations.
In Simferopol, few seem to doubt how the upcoming referendum on joining Russia will turn out. There's a widespread sense that Putin has already decided the outcome, and the focus is turning to practical matters.
The streets of Beirut are becoming ever more crowded as the tiny country is flooded with refugees from across the border in Syria. But the government still does not have a policy on what to do with them.
Three years after the ouster of President Mubarak, Egypt still struggles to improve its situation.
Taki Elmachdoufi gives his account of torture and beatings in Moroccan custody.
As the world grapples with a chronic shortage of jobs, the United Nations has turned its attention to Israel’s so-called innovation nation as a model to promote economic growth and job creation.
Pro-Russian forces are in control of Crimea. The Crimean parliament is vying for Crimea to become part of Russia, a move the pro-Western government in Kyiv is trying to prevent. The situation could quickly escalate.
More and more young Muslims are being radicalized and coaxed into fighting in Syria by Salafists. Both teachers and parents have reasons for concern, because there is currently a lack of strategies to protect teenagers.
The EU Commission has sought help from an expert advisory panel in talks on an EU-US free trade deal. Observers argue the group is just a fig leaf, and that the negotiations will still largely take place in secret.
With defense cuts looming in the US, Secretary of State John Kerry has warned against growing isolationist sentiment. But experts say that Washington is simply adopting a more restrained foreign policy.
The Turkish premier's phone calls keep appearing on the Internet. Now Erdogan has announced that he intends to block the Internet platforms YouTube and Facebook. A restriction of free speech - but an ineffective one.
Abdullah Abu Rahmah was at a protest in 2009 against an Israeli-built concrete wall in the West Bank when his cousin, Bassem, 30, was hit in the chest with a tear gas canister allegedly fired by Israeli soldiers.
Five died when police opened fire on protesters 12 years ago. Those responsible are now on trial.
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