Netherlands holds sombre memorial for MH17 victims

The Netherlands on Monday held a sombre and emotional memorial for the 298 people who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine in July.

Fears grow of all-out war in Ukraine as MH17 families mourn

New unidentified unarmoured columns rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in the war-torn region.

African Union chief in Burkina Faso for transition talks

The chief of the African Union on Monday arrived in Burkina Faso for urgent talks on the west African country`s political transition following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore.

Bernie Ecclestone blames himself for F1's 'piranha club' crisis
Bernie Ecclestone blames himself for F1's 'piranha club' crisis

Bernie Ecclestone admits he knows what's wrong with Formula One -- but he can't fix it on his own any more.

New Ukraine peace talks after Obama rebuffs Poroshenko pleas

Warring parties in Ukraine meet on Friday to try to find a lasting solution to a brutal conflict that has killed around 3,000 people and stoked Western alarm about Russia`s territorial ambitions.

Divided US chamber approves lawsuit against President Obama

A sharply divided US House of Representatives has approved a Republican plan to file an election-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

Ukraine ruling coalition dissolved setting stage for early vote

Ukraine`s ruling parliamentary majority was officially disbanded on Thursday, setting the stage for early legislative elections in the strife-torn ex-Soviet state.

`Sanctions` threat for Russia over MH17 crash site access

France, Britain and Germany warned Russia Sunday it could face further EU sanctions if it did not press pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine to allow unfettered access to the crash site of flight MH17.

Dutch pray across bereaved nation for MH17 victims

Churchgoers prayed across the Netherlands on Sunday for the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airways plane crash in Ukraine, most of them Dutch.

Welsh rugby in crisis as talks break down

Welsh rugby was plunged into crisis on Friday after acrimonious talks between Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) over the future direction of the sport.

Poroshenko says agreements with EU leaders, Russia `not respected`

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday that certain points agreed with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany in four-way talks this weekend "were not respected".

Kiev, Moscow eye extension of ceasefire in east Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called for Ukraine`s truce to be extended and for new talks between Kiev and separatists, just hours before the current ceasefire expires.

UN chief deeply concerned over Iraq crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Sunday voiced deep concern at "the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries", calling for an immediate end to the "persecution of civilians based on their religion or ethnic background".

Russia accuses US of fuelling Ukrainian crisis

Russia`s foreign minister today accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union.

Russia says Ukrainian shells hit its territory

Russia said Saturday that three shells fired by Ukrainian troops have hit a customs post and residential areas inside its territory, causing damage but no injuries.

Ukraine crisis milestones since March 1

Here are some key dates in the Ukraine crisis since Russian lawmakers approved the use of armed force in the former Soviet republic.

More than 50 million driven from homes by war, crisis: UN

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

UAE recalls ambassador from Iraq

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Wednesday recalled Abdullah Ibrahim Al Shihi, ambassador to Iraq, in the light of the security deterioration in that country, a state media report said.

India asks its citizens in Thailand to take precautions

India today advised its nationals in Thailand to take usual precautions for their safety and keep track of developments in the crisis-hit country.

NATO says Russian tanks in Ukraine would be `serious escalation

Reports of pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine acquiring heavy weapons from Russia, including tanks, would mark a "serious escalation" of the crisis if confirmed, NATO said Friday.