A bizarre headed goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic put Sweden on the road to a 2-0 victory over Moldova in their Euro 2016 Group G qualifier in Chisinau on Friday, with the striker also netting a late penalty.
Using data from over 150 languages, linguists from University of California, Berkeley have found that "Indo-European languages" originated 5,500-6,500 years ago on the Pontic-Caspian steppe stretching from Moldova, Ukraine to Russia and western Kazakhstan.
Packed in like cattle and huddled under blankets on the cold, bare floor, this is the scene aboard the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M cargo ship which people traffickers left drifting towards the Italian coast last week with 768 desperate Syrian migrants aboard.
Voting closed in Moldova on Sunday in a closely fought parliamentary election that will help determine whether the impoverished ex-Soviet republic pursues integration with Europe or returns to Russia`s fold.
Russia has banned meat exports from Moldova and made a fresh overture to its rebel region of Transdniestr after the ex-Soviet country defied Moscow by signing an association deal with the European Union.
Ukraine signed a free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union on Friday that has been at the heart of the country`s political crisis, drawing an immediate threat of "grave consequences" from Russia.
Undeterred by the conflict triggered by Ukraine`s swing towards Europe, the former Soviet republics of Moldova and Georgia will sign a trade and political pact with the European Union this month with Russia warning both countries against the move.