The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape today, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbor’s future.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine. Four parties gathered today in Geneva — the U.S., European Union, Ukraine and Russia — will work to establish a broad national dialogue to ensure that people’s rights are protected.
CARACAS, Venezuela — Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela.
PERTH, Australia — Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said today, raising hopes they are close to solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries.
PRETORIA, South Africa — The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius today accused the Olympic athlete of egotistical behavior in his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp before he killed her, and described Pistorius’ courtroom apology to his girlfriend’s family as an insincere “spectacle” that ignored the feelings of her relatives.
Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority.
DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared today in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city.
ROME — A pair of paintings by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard that had been missing for four decades has been recovered by Italian authorities who said that the works of art were hanging in a kitchen of a retired Sicilian autoworker who was unaware of their value.
IQUIQUE, Chile — Coastal residents of Chile’s far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early today after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.
IQUIQUE, Chile — Authorities in northern Chile discovered surprisingly light damage and just six reported deaths Wednesday from a magnitude-8.2 quake — a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust.
ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used.
VATICAN CITY — Sharp differences over abortion and birth control surfaced as President Barack Obama held his first meeting today with Pope Francis, even as the president sought to emphasize common ground issues like economic inequality during a much-anticipated Vatican visit.
WAREGEM, Belgium — President Barack Obama reached back 100 years to reinforce the U.S.-European bond, calling for a recommitment to peace today during a solemn pilgrimage to a World War I cemetery as European tensions run high over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said today, calling it “the most credible lead that we have.”
CANBERRA, Australia — Not one object has been recovered from the missing airliner that Malaysian officials are now convinced plunged into the southern Indian Ocean 17 days ago. Some of the pieces are likely 11,500 feet underwater. Others are bobbing in a fickle system of currents that one oceanographer compares to a pinball machine. And by now, they could easily be hundreds of miles away from each other.
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea today, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe’s orbit.