Thursday Apr 17
Ban "encouraged" by agreement at Geneva talks
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was encouraged by "concrete and urgent steps" aimed at de-escalating the Ukraine situation agreed at four-way talks in Geneva on Thursday.
Ukraine asks UN for help as pro-Russian militias defy deadline to seize more ground
As the deadline for Ukraine's ultimatum to pro-Russian forces approached the country's ambassador to the UN said the separatists would be responsible for violence.
Russian Province Declares Ban on LGBT Parades Illegal
A district court in the Western Russian region of Kostroma on Friday declared that two LGBT rallies can proceed as planned, overturning two decisions by lower courts that sided with local officials refusing to allow the demonstrators to protest.
Ukraine: West Looks To Tighten Screw On Russia
Concerns that Russia could be looking to expand its grip beyond Crimea have left western leaders scrambling for a response.
Split Decisions: Ukraine Signs Up With EU, Russia Wraps Up Crimea
As Russian soldiers walked one way in the distance, a departing Ukrainian soldier carried some of his belongings Friday at a military base in Perevalne, Crimea.