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Russia slams as 'circus' Kerry Ukraine opposition meetings
Russia slams as 'circus' Kerry Ukraine opposition meetings

Russia on Friday slammed as a "circus" US Secretary of State John Kerry's planned weekend meeting with Ukrainian opposition leaders.

Russia slams as 'circus' Kerry Ukraine opposition meetings
Kerry to meet Ukrainian opposition leaders
Kerry to meet Ukrainian opposition leaders

In a major show of support for pro-democracy protesters in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet top opposition leaders for the first time this weekend.

Kerry to meet Ukrainian opposition leaders
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. ©Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
C.Africa, S.Sudan dominate continental summit

Conflict in Central African Republic and South Sudan dominated the agenda as Africa's leaders gathered Thursday for a two-day summit of the continental bloc in Ethiopia.

C.Africa, S.Sudan dominate continental summit
South Sudan to try rebel leaders, risking ceasefire
South Sudan to try rebel leaders, risking ceasefire

South Sudan released seven rebel detainees Thursday but vowed to put on trial key leaders accused of launching weeks of fighting, a move likely to threaten a fragile ceasefire.

South Sudan to try rebel leaders, risking ceasefire
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the 47th International Conference on Security Policy in Munich, February 5, 2011. ©Reuters/Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann/Pool
Syria, spying, Iran in focus at global security meet

Global leaders from politics, defence and diplomacy meet in Germany from Friday to discuss conflict hotspots and looming threats, from Syria and Afghanistan to East Asia and Africa.

Syria, spying, Iran in focus at global security meet
LatAm summit lashes out at US spying
LatAm summit lashes out at US spying

Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday railed against US spying as he opened a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders set up by Venezuela's late anti-US leader Hugo Chavez.

LatAm summit lashes out at US spying
Ukraine eyes state of emergency as ministry seized
Ukraine eyes state of emergency as ministry seized

Ukraine threatened to impose a state of emergency on Monday after demonstrators occupied the justice ministry and protests demanding the president's resignation spread despite a power-sharing offer.

Ukraine eyes state of emergency as ministry seized
China's President Xi Jinping. ©Reuters/Jason Lee
Chinese leaders' kin stash riches in offshore holdings: probe

Relatives of top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping and former premier Wen Jiabao have used offshore tax havens to hide their wealth.

Chinese leaders' kin stash riches in offshore holdings: probe
Former Ukrainian Interior and opposition leader Minister Yuriy Lutsenko. ©Reuters/Stringer
Ukraine ex-minister beaten in fresh Kiev clashes

Ukraine's ex-interior minister and current opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko was under intensive care in hospital Saturday after being beaten in fresh clashes that erupted between pro-EU demonstrators and club-wielding police.

Ukraine ex-minister beaten in fresh Kiev clashes
CIA helped Colombia hunt and kill FARC leaders: report
CIA helped Colombia hunt and kill FARC leaders: report

A secret CIA program helped Colombia kill at least two dozen leftist FARC guerrilla leaders, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

CIA helped Colombia hunt and kill FARC leaders: report
EU banking union too complicated, too slow: analysts
EU banking union too complicated, too slow: analysts

An EU system to prevent a repeat of the massive bank bailouts which crippled the economy is a major step but it is also too complicated when speed is absolutely essential, analysts said.

EU banking union too complicated, too slow: analysts
North Korea warns of 'merciless' strike against South
North Korea warns of 'merciless' strike against South

North Korea has threatened a "merciless" strike against the South after activists burned effigies of the ruling Kim dynasty on the second anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-Il, officials said Friday.

North Korea warns of 'merciless' strike against South
EU finance ministers reach banking union deal
EU finance ministers reach banking union deal

EU finance ministers Wednesday reached a banking union accord which will hand Brussels unprecedented new powers to prevent failing banks from wrecking the economy, official sources said.

EU finance ministers reach banking union deal
North Korea may be set for 'Cultural Revolution': Japan
North Korea may be set for 'Cultural Revolution': Japan

The recent purge of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's once-powerful uncle could herald a period of radical upheaval comparable to China's Cultural Revolution, Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday.

North Korea may be set for 'Cultural Revolution': Japan
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Cuban President Raul Castro (C).©Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Republicans thump Obama for Castro handshake

Republicans were left steaming Tuesday after President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro, with one senior lawmaker likening the act to appeasement of the Nazis.

Republicans thump Obama for Castro handshake
Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria
Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria

Nelson Mandela's funeral cortege has begun its solemn journey to the seat of South African government in Pretoria, where it will lie in state for three days.

Mandela's funeral cortege proceeds through Pretoria
North Korea's powerbroker: ousted or just out of sight?
North Korea's powerbroker: ousted or just out of sight?

South Korea's spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has just carried out the most significant leadership purge since taking power two years ago, but confirmation may be a long time coming.

North Korea's powerbroker: ousted or just out of sight?
Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike in support of pro-EU protests
Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike in support of pro-EU protests

Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko went on a hunger strike Tuesday in solidarity with thousands of pro-European protesters outraged with the ex-Soviet state's shock decision to scrap a key EU pact.

Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike in support of pro-EU protests
The Great Hall of the People, where the Chinese Communist Party plenum is being held, is seen behinds red flags in Tiananmen square in Beijing. ©Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon
China's reform pledges: the main points

China's Communist Party leaders this week emerged from a closed-door meeting in Beijing bearing a raft of promises on issues from the controversial one-child policy to the scope of the death penalty.

China's reform pledges: the main points
Andrej Babis, leader of the ANO movement. ©Reuters/David W Cerny
Czech party leader haunted by ghosts of communist past

Unwelcome spectres are coming back to haunt Czech billionaire Andrej Babis, who emerged as a power broker in recent elections but is facing allegations he collaborated with the communist-era secret police.

Czech party leader haunted by ghosts of communist past