France says `nothing must hinder` Ukraine vote

French President Francois Hollande said Monday that nothing must impede the upcoming presidential vote in Ukraine, adding that Russia must be persuaded against using violence.

Ethnic tensions hindering aid work in Kyrgyzstan: UN

Inter-ethnic tensions in southern
Kyrgyzstan are hindering the work of humanitarian agencies,
the UN said on Tuesday, as it stepped up its relief work to 400,000
refugees and displaced in the region.