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People hold signs during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok in Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls aged 12 to 15 from a village near one of their strongholds in northeast Nigeria overnight, police an(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) listens as Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy speaks to the media prior to a meeting at the US state department in Washington DC on yesterday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

A deadline set by the US last year for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians passed without agreement or a framework for possible (...)

The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk has told reporters  that Vice News journalist Simon Ostrovsky (above) had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was “destabilising for us”, but that he was being treated well. Photograph: Vice News

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine last night confirmed they are detaining a US journalist working with Vice News. The self-decla(...)

A mural of the  map of Crimea filled in with the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow in recent days.  Photograph: Artur Bainozarov/Reuters

Nato is to meet today to seek ways to further ease tensions with Russia over Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin began withdrawing for(...)

A board shows the alternative was to access Twitter, is placed at an election campaign office of the main opposition Republican’s People’s Party (CHP) in Istanbul yesterday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

A Turkish court upheld an appeal today to end a blockage of Twitter that has provoked public outrage and drawn international condemnation only (...)

Former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Rooney stood down in late 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The United States has been without an ambassador in Ireland for 15 months now, the longest period the country has not had a top diplomat in Dub(...)

A man puts up a poster calling on Crimea residents to vote in favour of the Ukrainian peninsular joining the Russian federation, at a highway outside of Simferopol today. The poster reads, ‘Together with Russia. March 16 - referendum’. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Russian responses to US proposals to end the Ukraine crisis do not create the environment for a diplomatic resolution, the United States said (...)

A man puts up a wreath outside Kunming railway station after the knife attack on Saturday that killed 29 civilians and left scores injured. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

Chinese police have captured the remaining three suspects in Saturday’s knife attack on a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming tha(...)

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US president Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama said the strong international condemnation of Russia’s deployme(...)

The European Union agreed this evening to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the p(...)

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