With tear gas and razor wire, Macedonia tries to stem refugee tide

Macedonian police fired tear gas and stun grenades to drive migrants and refugees back from its southern border from Greece on Friday but crowds continued to build up at a new bottleneck in an increasingly desperate flight to western Europe.

Burundi votes in boycott-hit poll, gunfire heard

Burundians voted for a new parliament on Monday after a night of sporadic blasts and gunshots, and weeks of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza`s decision to seek a third term in office.

EU calls for immediate withdrawal of heavy arms in Ukraine

The European Union on Tuesday called for the immediate pull-back of heavy weapons from the frontline in eastern Ukraine and voiced concern about the surge in fighting in a key flashpoint town.

EU lifts ban on import of Mangoes from India

The European Union on Tuesday decided to lift a ban on the import of mangoes from India after the country made improvements in plant health controls and certification system, clearing the way for them to return to the 28-member bloc.

EU to set up expert cell to fight jihadist propaganda: Report

The European Union plans to set up a cell of advisors in Belgium that member governments can tap to fight jihadist propaganda, a top EU official told a newspaper Saturday.

Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after the West imposed new sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

Colombia`s FARC kills 5 soldiers on eve of truce: Army

Colombia`s FARC guerrillas killed five soldiers Friday in an attack that came on the eve of a unilateral ceasefire hailed as a key step in peace negotiations, the army said.

EU court outlaws 'gay tests' for asylum seeker

The European Union's top court ruled on Tuesday that tests to prove claims of homosexuality by asylum seekers were unlawful.

EU unveils details of Juncker investment plan

The European Union unveiled details of an eagerly awaited 300-billion-euro investment plan to boost the continent`s flatlining economy on Tuesday on the eve of a formal announcement by new Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

EU inks deal to support civil society in Ukraine

The European Union (EU) and Ukraine have inked a new agreement worth 10 million euros ($12.94 millon) to support civil society in Ukraine, according to a statement issued Monday.

Putin tells Merkel Ukraine needs constitutional reform

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in talks by phone on Monday that Ukraine needs constitutional reform.

Russia, US set aside Ukraine crisis for Iran nuclear talk

Russia, the United States and other world powers put their sharp differences over Ukraine to one side on Tuesday as they held their latest nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna.

Nepal to introduce air crash investigation regulation

Nepal will introduce an air crash investigation regulation in May in a bid to minimise air crashes in future, officials said Monday.

Rebels seize major Syria oil field: Monitor

Syrian rebels, including from the al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, have seized a key eastern oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.