• Merkel says 'cannot rule out' new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

    Merkel says ‘cannot rule out’ new Russia sanctions over Ukraine

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she could not rule out new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, following talks with President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.
  • Turkey opposition rudderless after Erdogan triumph

    Turkey opposition rudderless after Erdogan triumph

    President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election victory this month has left Turkey's opposition party riven by a revolt over its future with little prospect of a radical change in strategy.
  • No surrender: Ukraine rebels confident despite losses

    No surrender: Ukraine rebels confident despite losses

    Ukrainian forces may be pummelling them daily and key leaders might have just quit but defiant pro-Russian rebels say any talk of them being on the back foot is just crude propaganda from Kiev.
  • US ups pressure on Israel as UN demands Gaza truce

    US ups pressure on Israel as UN demands Gaza truce

    The UN Security Council Monday joined US President Barack Obama in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, after Israel and Hamas ignored calls for a truce despite mounting civilian casualties.
  • Kerry urges Hamas to accept truce as Gaza war rages

    Kerry urges Hamas to accept truce as Gaza war rages

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again placed the onus on Hamas to accept a ceasefire along the lines of an Egyptian proposal to end the conflict raging in Gaza.
  • China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong

    China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong

    China on Wednesday accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.