New Russia drills after Ukraine raid
Russia announces new military exercises on its border with Ukraine, after Kiev orders troops to move against separatists in the east.
Israel to suspend Palestinian talks
Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity deal between the rival Hamas and Fatah factions.
Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name.
Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'
US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.
US medics killed in Kabul attack
Three American medical staff are shot dead by a policeman guarding a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.
Korea ferry disaster school reopens
The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again.
South Sudan treason charges dropped
The South Sudanese government withdraws the case against four top politicians accused of treason, the country's justice minister says.
Abdullah leads Afghan poll count
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah remains the frontrunner with 80% of votes counted, although a run-off vote next month is expected.
US to propose 'fast lane' net rules
New net neutrality rules will be published next month with some saying FCC will end principle of equal traffic for all.
Rio police 'to probe' dancer's death
Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro say they will conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a dancer which sparked riots.
Modi in Varanasi as Indians vote
Narendra Modi, the politician many expect to be India's next leader, submits his election nomination papers as Indians vote in the sixth phase of their poll.
Warhol works found on Amiga disks
A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.
Lupita Nyong'o named most beautiful
Kenyan Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, 31, is named the world's most beautiful person for 2014 by the US People magazine.
Jodie Foster marries girlfriend
US actress Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.
Canada to drop 'flawed' rail tankers
Canada says it will phase out the type of rail tankers involved in the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic last July.
Executions upheld in 'secrecy' row
Oklahoma's high court rules two on death row have no right to learn the source of the lethal injection drugs, clearing the way for their execution.
Argentina approves Repsol payment
Argentina's congress approves $5bn (£3bn) of compensation for the Spanish oil firm Repsol over the expropriation of its share in the oil firm YPF.
Oldest baseball player dies aged 102
The oldest former player with Major League Baseball, Cuba's Conrado "Connie" Marrero, has died at home in Havana aged 102.
Nigeria rapist to be stoned to death
An Islamic court in northern Nigeria sentences a man of 63 to death by stoning for raping a girl of 10 and infecting her with HIV.
Deadly car bomb strikes Nairobi
Four people, two of them police, are killed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by a car bomb outside a police station.
China releases Japanese cargo ship
China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.
Pakistan targets 'militant hideouts'
Pakistan fighter jets target compounds thought to be hideouts for militants connected to a recent series of attacks in the country, officials say.
Match-fixer arrested in Finland
Convicted football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, officials say.
Police make Syria plea to UK women
British counter-terrorism police chiefs make an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives against travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.
Ban blames all Syria sides over aid
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid.
Iran replaces prison service chief
The head of Iran's prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.
Crime falls 15% in England and Wales
Overall crime in England and Wales falls by 15% in 2013, an official survey shows - but there are signs, according to police figures, of rises in certain categories.
Court 'failed' killed baby boy
A decision taken by magistrates "disempowered" care workers trying to protect a baby boy from his father who later inflicted fatal brain injuries, a serious case review in Derby reveals.
Cost of recalls hits GM profits
General Motors sees first quarter profits hit by a $1.3bn charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over defective ignition switches
Standard Life votes against Barclays
Standard Life Investments, a key institutional shareholder, votes against Barclays' plan to award higher bonuses to bankers despite a 30% fall in profits.
Alstom shares jump on GE bid report
Shares in French engineering company Alstom jump after a report that US multinational General Electric is in talks to buy Alstom for $13bn.
Martinez tips Moyes for rapid return
Everton boss Roberto Martinez backs predecessor David Moyes to make a quick return to management.
Rangers' finances fragile - Easdale
Rangers are in a "fragile" financial state and would not survive a second administration, a club shareholder tells BBC Scotland.
Weight concerns behind Phelps return
Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps says he is coming out of retirement because of concerns over his weight.
Tarantino Gawker case dismissed
A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay.
Banksy street works to be auctioned
A collection of street art works by Banksy, removed from walls, is to go on display at a London hotel before being sold at auction.
Widow of Slipknot bassist testifies
Paul Gray's wife, Brenna, says she raised concerns about his drug use with his doctor, who is on trial for involuntary manslaughter.
VIDEO: Obama urges end to island row
US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Japan in its row over islands with China, after talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
VIDEO: Dhaka victims wait for compensation
Many survivors of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka are still waiting for compensation after the tragedy in 2013 that killed 1,129 workers.
VIDEO: Film features plight of African park
The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
VIDEO: Service honours ferry victims
An emotional memorial service has taken place to remember the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster.
VIDEO: Calm returns to Rio favela after riots
The BBC's Wyre Davies visits the Pavaozinho complex the day after riots broke out following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.
VIDEO: Horror of S Sudan massacre filmed
The White House has strongly condemned the massacre of civilians in South Sudan calling it a betrayal of the people by their leaders.
VIDEO: Ukrainians volunteer for reserve army
Volunteers in the Ukraine have begun to make defence preparations amid fears the Ukrainian military is unable to match Russian forces.
VIDEO: NYPD's Twitter campaign backfires
NYPD asked followers to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag "myNYPD" as part of a social media campaign.
How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US
How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US
Day in pictures: 24 April 2014
A collection of news photographs from around the world
Is Shinzo Abe fanning nationalist flames?
Is Shinzo Abe fanning nationalist flames?
Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal
Can Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal last?
A tale of two Europes
Hamburg's experience versus Marseille's ahead of EU polls
'I survived the Bangladesh factory collapse'
Survivors recall Rana Plaza disaster one year on
Shakespeare's birds cause US trouble
How European Starlings invaded America
Afghan notebook: First timers
Can young Afghans make their vote count?
I caught Ebola in Guinea and survived
Survivor's happiness to be alive, but fears being stigmatised
VIDEO: The heroic all-black regiment of WW1
Legendary all-black unit that never lost a man in WW1 trenches
Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali
Firms ditching the US and Europe for tropical paradise
Astrotourism skyrockets in Chile
Why tourists are flocking to Chile's observatories
Is Greece finally on the mend?
Greece is on the way to economic recovery as investor faith returns to the recession-ridden eurozone nation, an executive at Greece's largest bank has told CNN.
Lagarde's warning for Europe
IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde tells CNN that Europe can not be complacent over growth and jobs.
A history of defaulting on debt
Jim Boulden looks at countries that have come to the brink, and even defaulted on their debt in the past.
Celebrating Dries Van Noten
CNN special correspondent Myleene Klass visits the Dries Van Noten "Inspiration" exhibition at Paris fashion week.
First day of catwalks in Paris
CNN's Myleene Klass goes behind-the-scenes on the first day of Paris Fashion Week.
Secrets of Louis Vuitton success
On a breezy spring day in 1835, a 13-year-old boy from the Jura region of eastern France set out for the glittering metropolis of Paris to seek his fortune.
The secret to human flight? This suit
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Actually, it's a bit of both.
This woman gets fired everyday
You've built a cannon. Now you just need a willing participant to crawl inside.
Who wins history's nerdiest battle?
A robot has smashed the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube in the fastest time of 3.25 seconds. Ok, so the brainy bot comes out on top this time-- but are they really that much smarter than us? Roll up your sleeves and check out some of the nerdiest man vs machine competitions of all time...
Five possible ways crisis will end
Ukraine's young government is running out of viable options for restoring its control of eastern regions and preserving the country's territorial integrity. Government and police buildings in more than a dozen places are still held by pro-Russian protesters, sometimes led by masked and well-armed men in uniform. The response from Kiev to this assault has been inconsistent and hesitant.
Putin's strategy: Good cop, bad cop
Alexander Motyl says as Russian President Putin snarled at Ukraine, his foreign minister was signing a conciliatory accord with the West. Whatever the game, the accord is a major stand down by Russia
Who can resist the 'Kate Effect?'
It's an awkward reality of royal reporting that we're also in the fashion business. To be perfectly frank I've no expertise nor credibility in this area but I do what I can by forwarding on any details I get from the palace. I also lean heavily on those who know what they're talking about.
Most fashionable place on Earth?
High-end brands, upwardly mobile people, hundred-thousand-dollar jackets and blue-cheese cocktails -- welcome to Milan's "fashion quadrangle."
Chosen One to the Sacked One
Not so much the Chosen One, more the Disastrous One.
Media in Ukraine is 'under siege'
Dunja Mijatovic of the OSCE describes to Amanpour what she saw on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine.
Secret life of superyacht servant
There's one word a billionaire's servant should never say: "No." Step aboard a 30 meter vessel called "Absolute Pleasure," to see what life is like for superyacht stewardesses-in-training.
George meets animal namesake
During a visit to a zoo, young Prince George came met a bilby that shares his name. CNN's Max Foster reports.
Man Utd calls time on David Moyes
Manchester United finally lost patience with manager David Moyes Tuesday after a disastrous first season in charge of the English Premier League champions.
Is accord victory for Russia?
The Geneva accord on Ukraine looked like it might bring some respite to the crisis -- but has it actually given Russia a chance for expansion?
Easter of tension and prayers
Christians celebrate Easter -- but with reminders of violence and politics.
9 questions about Ukraine
Ukraine is ground zero in a tense power play between Russia and the West, with U.S. officials saying they just want Ukrainians to be allowed to decide their own fate, and Russian officials saying they simply want to ensure that Russian-speaking Ukrainians have a fair say over how they are governed.
Ukraine forces kill 5 militants
Ukrainian forces killed five militants during operations to take down the pro-Russians' roadblocks in Slovyansk, the Ukrainian interior ministry said.
Undersea gas field in Cyprus?
It may be early days in the quest for energy underneath the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean -- but the eventual bounty may be sizable for Cyprus.
A 'whale' in Heathrow
Giant whale-like sculpture takes center stage of glossy new Heathrow hub.
8 ways Lyon outshines Paris
Wine, food, churches, festivals -- France's second city has a sophistication that can elevate it above even the capital.
Pope to canonize 'rock star' popes
CNN's Jim Bittermann explains the multiple theories behind the planned canonization of two popular 20th century pontiffs.
Dutch fighter jets intercept 2 Russian bombers in its airspace
Dutch fighter jets scrambled Wednesday to intercept a pair of Russian military aircraft that entered its airspace, a fairly routine action that comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, a Dutch official said.
Russian media on Ukraine -- does Kremlin control the news?
There is a consistent message on Russian state media concerning the situation in Ukraine. The revolving "crisis in Ukraine" bug on state news channel Rossiya 24 sums it up.
Madeleine McCann mystery: 6 more intruder cases may be linked
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal are looking at six more cases where a male intruder broke into holiday villas where children were staying, police said Wednesday.
'Prolific' child predator may have victims around the world
An alleged child predator who taught at schools across the world for more than four decades may have more victims, and the FBI is trying to track them down, the agency's Houston bureau said Tuesday.
Flight makes emergency landing at London's Heathrow
A United Airlines flight headed from San Francisco to London safely made an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon, an airport representative said.
'Masters of forgery' bilked wealthy art buyers
Spanish art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz helped convince wealthy buyers to shell out millions of dollars for works he claimed famous masters of modern art painted. But in reality, federal authorities allege, the works he sold as Rothkos and Pollocks were fakes painted by an artist he met on a Manhattan street corner.
Anti-Semitic fliers in eastern Ukraine denounced
U.S. officials Thursday denounced what one called a "grotesque" leaflet ordering Jews in one eastern Ukrainian city to register with a government office, but the Jewish community there dismissed it as a "provocation."
4 French journalists freed after 10 months held hostage in Syria
Four French journalists who had been held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, the French President's office said Saturday.
OSCE: Ukraine is'very unstable'
Klaus Zillikens, the head of the OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine, explains that though life appears to go on as normal in the Donetsk region, tensions there are running high - particularly in the city of Sloviansk.
Upstart Portuguese party wants more Europe
A moderate left party in Portugal is campaigning for seats in the upcoming European elections. Top candidate Rui Tavares has an ambitious goal: to reconcile the Portuguese with the European project.
Ukraine forces kill five pro-Russia separatists in Slovyansk
Ukraine's interior ministry has said five pro-Russian militants were killed in a raid in the eastern town of Slovyansk. Russian President Putin has said Kyiv's military operations in the east will"have consequences."
Charm offensive by'little green men'in Ukraine
They laugh, joke and play with children: The heavily armed men in camouflage uniforms without badges are trying to come off not as bandits but as protectors in eastern Ukraine. And it appears to be working.
Hungary's Orban likes to dislike Brussels
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made no secret of his critical attitude toward the EU. But the conservative politician won't dare risk an open split between Brussels and Budapest.
Russia insists on Ukrainian troop pullout
The Russian Foreign Ministry has insisted Kyiv withdraw all of its army units from southeastern Ukraine. Moscow's demand came hours after it said it would respond if its interests were attacked in Ukraine.
'EU needs to rethink its refugee policy'
Europe's political leaders continue to take a hard line when it comes to the EU's asylum policy. According to migration expert Jochen Oltmer, the EU needs to reconsider how it deals with refugees.
Schengen guarantees a borderless Europe
The Schengen Agreement on passport-free travel is one of the pillars of the European Union. The Schengen Area entered into force in 1995 and has expanded considerably since then.
Private sector hides a mountain of European debt
As Europe's economies recover, debt levels continue to grow. But national budgets are only a few of the trees in a highly flammable forest of private debt, and government austerity may not be able to put out the flames.
Ukraine president relaunches anti-terrorism operation after politician killed
A Ukrainian politician has been found dead after being"brutually tortured,"says Ukraine's interim president. The move has prompted a relaunch of operations to uprooting pro-Russian separatists from eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian reconnaissance plane hit over eastern city of Slavyansk
Small arms fire has forced a Ukrainian military aircraft to make an emergency landing. The reconnaissance plane was flying over eastern city of Slovyansk, where pro-Russian separatists have taken control.
Fix:'We are running out of time in Ukraine'
The facts in the Ukraine conflict need to be clarified by additional observers on the ground, says Eastern Europe expert Liana Fix. If that doesn't happen, she adds, all threats towards Russia will prove ineffective.
A war zone without frontlines
The trip from Donetsk to Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine is like a journey into a different country. The further one travels, the more apparent this becomes. DW's Roman Goncharenko describes a warzone without frontlines.
Russia, Ukraine officials blame each other for deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine
Ukraine and Russian officials have denied responsibility for a deadly assault on a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine. The mayor of the city where the attack occurred has reportedly called on Moscow for help.
EU undermines its own development policies
The EU is one of the largest donors of development aid, but these policies have not played much of a role in the European election campaign. Economic interests, meanwhile, are jeopardizing its effectiveness.
Ukraine's prime minister decries Russia's'Soviet dream'
Ukraine has accused Moscow of interfering in restive eastern cities in a bid to restore the Soviet Union. The warning was echoed by Ukrainian religious leaders who traded accusations with their Russian counterparts.
Unknown takes separatist spotlight in Ukraine
As turmoil continues to grip eastern Ukraine, one separatist has been making a name for himself. Denis Pushilin is the self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk People's Republic - and until now was completely unknown.
Ukraine observes Easter truce
Ukraine has halted its mission to recapture buildings in towns held by Russian separatists for Easter. Though the holiday has brought an uneasy truce, tensions remain high.
Donetsk separatists:'We'll stay until victory'
Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine are refusing to accept an international deal struck in Geneva on Thursday. Instead, they've placed new demands on the government in Kyiv. The city of Donetsk remains on edge.
Police arrest suspect in shooting death of former Continuity IRA leader
Police in Belfast have arrested one man in connection with the shooting death of a former leader of Continuity IRA, a splinter group of the Irish Republican Army. The shooting was carried out in broad daylight.
Weapon of Last Resort: ECB Considers Possible Deflation Measures
Though the European Central Bank continues to play down deflation concerns, it is preparing measures to combat falling prices in the event of an emergency. Are the growing fears warranted?
The Propaganda War: Opposition Sings Kremlin Tune on Ukraine
The propaganda war in the Ukraine crisis has spawned a renewal Russian nationalism, with members of the opposition and the intellectual class suddenly praising President Putin. Many in Russia are accepting the Kremlin's official line uncritically.
Practice for a Russian Invasion: Ukrainian Civilians Take Up Arms
It remains unclear what Russia might have in store for eastern Ukraine, but nationalist groups are preparing for the worst. The right-wing scene in the country is varied and complex, but one thing is certain: It is attracting an increasing number of followers.
'We Will Shoot Back': All Eyes on Russia as Ukraine Begins Offensive in East
Many in the West believe that Russia is behind the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Kiev on Tuesday launched an offensive to retake control of the region, but the biggest question still looms: Will Russia invade?
Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?
Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election.
'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow
Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length.
Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?
Prime Minister Manuel Valls' job is to save François Hollande's presidency. The new government has committed to some changes. But will it push through the painful reforms the country needs or will it chart a political collision course with Brussels?
A Sober Look: It's Time To Stop Romanticizing Russia
The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vladimir Putin's conservative, anti-Western approach to power.
How Western Is Germany?: Russia Crisis Spurs Identity Conflict
Many Germans feel a special bond to Russia. This makes the Ukraine crisis particularly dangerous for Berlin because it raises important questions about the very nature of German identity. Are we as deeply rooted in the West as most believe?
Estonian Minister: 'No Party Here Would Call for Secession'
Jevgeni Ossinovski, the sole member of the Russian minority serving as a minister in the Estonian government, says he doesn't fear that Vladimir Putin will seek a repeat of Crimea in the Baltics. The Russian minority, he argues, is firmly anchored in Europe.
Metamorphosis: A Hungarian Extremist Explores His Jewish Roots
Csanád Szegedi was a prominent right-wing extremist in Hungary until he discovered his own Jewish roots in 2012. Since then, he has undergone a radical reinvention and is even learning Hebrew. His grandmother, though, continues to hide her Auschwitz tattoo.
'An Historic Opportunity': Turkish Cypriot Minister Says Reunification Deal Pending
Negotiations to end the division of Cyprus have been ongoing for years. Now, Northern Cyprus Foreign MinisterÖzdil Nami tells SPIEGEL that a deal is close. And he wants Germany to help with reunification.
NATO's Putin Conundrum: Berlin Considers Its Alliance Options
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has demanded a stronger NATO presence in Eastern Europe. But that makes some in Chancellor Merkel's government uncomfortable. As the alliance moves to reassure eastern allies, Berlin considers its options.
Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane
Werner Christukat, 89, has been indicted for participating in the 1944 massacre perpetrated by the SS in Oradour-sur-Glane. He says he wasn't directly involved. Seventy years after the fact, there are more questions than answers, and proof is elusive.
Leading Candidates Square Off: The Race for Europe's Top Job
This May, European voters will decide for the first time who becomes the president of the European Commission. In a SPIEGEL interview, leading candidates Jean-Claude Juncker, 59, and Martin Schulz, 58, discuss their views on tax havens, euro bonds and the losers in the debt crisis.
Erdogan and the Traitors: Scandal and Protests Threaten Turkey's AKP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing the most difficult challenge of his premiership. Corruption scandals, a weakening economy and a draining battle with the Gülen movement have the leader reeling ahead of important local elections.
Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine
It's not only in Crimea where Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing with fire, but also in eastern Ukraine. The majority of the people in the economically powerful region speak Russian and reject the new government in Kiev.
Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'
Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh says he doesn't believe that war with Russia is imminent. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, he says that many Ukrainians are prepared to serve just the same.
Tight on the Right: Germany's NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda
Germany shuns the right-wing extremist party NPD at home. But even though the Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda maintains tight links to the NPD, it has received indirect support from Berlin.
Lap of Luxury: German Firms Spruced Up Yanukovych's Villa
Among the companies that benefited from lucrative contracts to furnish the luxurious villa of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was a Bavarian firm. Although the commissions from the ex leader were in the double digit millions, the firm has since gone bust.