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4 French journalists freed after 10 months held hostage in Syria updated 6 hours 1 minutes ago

Four French journalists who had been held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, the French President's office said Saturday.

Pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine defiant despite international deal, call for unity updated 14 hours 33 minutes ago

The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists Donetsk, Ukraine, defies an international deal for protesters to vacate seized buildings and lay down arms.

Pope Francis leads Good Friday services updated 15 hours 58 minutes ago

Pope Francis led the Catholic ceremony known as the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Fast Facts updated 19 hours 1 minutes ago

Here is a look at the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund Director.

The delicate and utterly mouth-watering art of world's master Easter egg makers updated 1 days ago

Haute Easter eggs are all the rage. See some of the most stunning creations from around the world

On Russian TV, Snowden asks Putin about Moscow surveillance updated 1 days ago

Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden asks Russian President Vladimir Putin about Moscow's surveillance practices.

Ukraine crisis talks: Diplomats urge end to violence, security for all updated 1 days ago

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland Thursday, in the hope of resolving a a deepening crisis.

Pope Francis washes the feet of disabled people as part of Easter celebrations updated 1 days ago

The washing of feet was a radical act in Jesus' time. It is no less radical in the modern era, with Pope Francis' decision to break with the long-standing papal tradition of washing only priests' feet, to include women and non-Christians in the symbolic ceremony.

Diplomats agree on steps to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine updated 2 days ago

Diplomats who met to discuss the crisis in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland issued this joint statement Thursday:

Ukraine military push appears to lose momentum in the east updated 2 days ago

Ukraine's attempt to take back eastern towns from pro-Russian militants appeared to stall on Wednesday.

9 questions about Ukraine updated 2 days ago

Ukraine is ground zero in a tense power play between Russia and the West. Read the answers to nine key questions that will help you understand the situation.

Can 'odd couple' Kerry and Lavrov take the edge off Ukraine crisis talks? updated 2 days ago

U.S.-Russian ties may be at their frostiest since the height of the Cold War, but at least there's some warmth to the relationship between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Ukraine Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's some background information about Ukraine, the second-largest European country in area after Russia. It borders Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Russia and the Black Sea in Eastern Europe.

New Banksy street art appears, disappears updated 3 days ago

A Banksy artwork showing a couple embracing while checking their mobile phones appeared on a UK street before being taken down hours later.

Putin: Escalating conflict puts Ukraine on 'brink of civil war' updated 3 days ago

Ukraine's acting President says an "anti-terrorist operation" is under way in part of Donetsk region.

Things get hairy for London barbers who put up Kim Jong Un sign updated 3 days ago

Does Kim Jong Un have bad hair? North Korean Embassy workers confront London barbers over their ridicule of their leader's "bad hair."

Silvio Berlusconi Fast Facts updated 4 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Italian billionaire and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Is it a Banksy? UK street art image appears to show spies at work updated 4 days ago

In what may be the latest Banksy artwork, graffiti shows three men in dark glasses huddled around a payphone in the English town of Cheltenham.

Silvio Berlusconi to carry out community service in nursing home updated 4 days ago

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is to serve one year community service over tax fraud at a nursing home, a Milan court ruled on Tuesday.

Fighter jets, special forces: Photos 'show Russian military buildup' near Ukraine updated 4 days ago

NATO has released satellite photos that show the extent of Russia's military mobilization on its border with Ukraine -- including fighter jets, tanks, artillery and thousands of soldiers who are prepared to invade within 12 hours if called upon, say officials.

No sign of crackdown as Ukraine deadline passes updated 4 days ago

A Ukrainian government deadline for pro-Russian protesters to lay down their arms and leave occupied buildings passed on Monday with no sign of it being heeded.

U.N. Security Council meets as Ukraine 'teeters on the brink' updated 5 days ago

The U.N. Security Council has called an urgent, previously unscheduled meeting Sunday night to discuss the worsening situation in Ukraine.

Royal visit turns crowds at Cambridge, NZ, 'all gooey' updated 6 days ago

Cambridge, New Zealand is a small, picturesque town of just 18,400 inhabitants.

Ukraine crisis: Gunmen seize buildings in eastern towns, Kerry talks with Lavrov updated 6 days ago

Injuries were reported after gunmen in camouflage stormed and seized a police building in the eastern Ukraine town of Slaviansk Saturday morning, officials said.

NATO chief urges Russia to pull its troops from Ukraine border updated 7 days ago

NATO's chief urged Russia on Friday to pull back its troops from its border with Ukraine.

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children updated 7 days ago

Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, and pledged to impose sanctions on priests who harm children.

Too haute to handle: Inside the world's biggest furniture fair updated 7 days ago

Step inside Milan's Salone del Mobile, the world's largest and most important furniture fair.

Italy's navy rescues 6,000 migrants in just four days, U.N. agency says updated 8 days ago

The Italian navy has rescued about 6,000 people in the past 4 days from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean, the United Nations' refugee agency said Friday.

European Union Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here is a look at what you need to know about the European Union.

To Russia with love? Transnistria, a territory caught in a time warp updated 8 days ago

People living on a sliver of land caught in a Soviet time warp long to be part of Russia, and see Moscow as a protecting force and a place to work and trade.

Ukrainian leader to protesters: Surrender and you won't be prosecuted updated 8 days ago

Pro-Russian protesters who disarm and leave occupied buildings will not be prosecuted, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Thursday.

We want out of Ukraine: Donetsk protesters dig in at government building updated 9 days ago

Hundreds of protesters transform a government building in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, into the self-declared "People's Republic of Donetsk."

From the British Museum to the Tate Modern, mega-museums go big updated 9 days ago

From the British Museum to the Louvre, the world's leading museums are expanding more than ever.

Ukraine unrest will be resolved by force or talks in 48 hours, minister says updated 9 days ago

A Ukrainian official says the separatist protests in Ukraine's eastern region will be resolved within 48 hours, either through negotiations or the use of force.

French teens accused in family murder plot, attack on brother, prosecutor says updated 9 days ago

Two teenage French girls are accused of plotting to kill family members and stabbing the little brother of one of the girls, authorities said Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth II Fast Facts updated 10 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Chechnya Fast Facts updated 10 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about Chechnya, a republic in southwestern Russia, in the Caucasus Mountains region. Chechnya is bordered by Russia, the country of Georgia, and the Russian republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia.

Italian navy rescues over 1,000 migrants from overcrowded boats in a day updated 10 days ago

The Italian navy said it rescued more than 1,000 migrants from several overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean between Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Confiscated art collection returned after deal to investigate Nazi looting claims updated 10 days ago

Part of an art collection confiscated because it may contain pieces looted by the Nazis is being returned to its owner, German prosecutors said Wednesday.

Queen welcomes Irish president -- and the thaw continues updated 10 days ago

It's not unusual for a visiting head of state to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in London's Westminster Abbey -- but when it happens on Tuesday, the gesture will be anything but routine. This is history in the making.

Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts updated 10 days ago

Russia's Foreign Ministry warned Kiev that use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities there.

Spain arrests four accused of attempting to export equipment to Iran updated 11 days ago

An Iranian and three Spaniards who secretly tried to export industrial equipment to Iran have been arrested in Spain, the Civil Guard said.

Ukraine says it retakes building seized by protesters updated 11 days ago

Pro-Russian protesters seize state buildings in east Ukrainian cities, prompting accusations from Kiev that Moscow is trying to "dismember" the country.

Compare: How London looks on Google vs. paintings from the 1700s updated 12 days ago

Old paintings of London have been overlaid on Google Street View pictures to show how the city has changed.

Behind the scenes: Filming remotely operated underwater vehicles at sea updated 12 days ago

CNN crew boarded a support vessel in the North Sea for demo of remotely operated vehicles; James Frater describes perils of shooting video on moving ship

Protesters raise Russian flag over eastern Ukrainian city updated 12 days ago

Demonstrators storm a provincial administration building in eastern Ukraine Sunday, demanding the release of riot police accused of killing protesters in Kiev.

Ukraine agency: Authorities dismantle group plotting attack updated 13 days ago

Ukrainian authorities have dismantled an armed undercover group they claim was plotting against the Kiev-based government.

Mick Jagger Fast Facts updated 14 days ago

Here's a look at the life of singer, songwriter and Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger.

Report: Turkish court lifts total YouTube ban updated 15 days ago

A court in Turkey's capital, Ankara, lifted a ban on the YouTube video sharing website Friday, the semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported.

Spain suspends sale of riot gear to Venezuela in light of turmoil, officials say updated 15 days ago

Spain has suspended the sale of police riot-control equipment to Venezuela due to instability there, two Spanish government officials said Friday.

Russia recalls ambassador to NATO amid Ukraine tensions updated 15 days ago

The killings of protesters in Ukraine during demonstrations in February took place under the order of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, a report said.

Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth meet in Rome updated 15 days ago

Two of the world's best-known public figures, Pope Francis and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, meet for the first time Thursday in Rome.

Turkey's Twitter ban lifted updated 16 days ago

Turkey's ban on the social media service Twitter has been lifted, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Thursday.

Ukraine crisis: NATO military chief warns Russian troops could invade swiftly updated 16 days ago

NATO's military chief warned Wednesday that Russian troops could move on eastern Ukraine within 12 hours of an order, amid fears Moscow may want to invade.

Turkish court tells government: Restore Twitter access updated 16 days ago

A Turkish court ruled the country's ban on Twitter violates the right to free expression and demanded access to the popular microblogging service be restored.

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard art recovered after hanging on a kitchen wall updated 17 days ago

Two valuable paintings by the French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard, stolen in London in 1970 then abandoned on a train, have been recovered in Italy.

Italian navy rescues 730 migrants in overcrowded boats off Sicily updated 17 days ago

The Italian navy rescued 730 migrants from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, it said Wednesday.

What do we know about Russia's troop buildup on Ukraine's border? updated 17 days ago

Kiev and Washington say Russian forces are massing in large numbers near Ukraine. Here's what different parties are saying about the apparent troop buildup.

Ukraine crisis: NATO suspends cooperation with Moscow updated 17 days ago

NATO will suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia because of its annexation of Crimea.

Fracking at the palace, One Direction haircuts and U.N. peacekeepers in Scotland: April Fool's Day round-up updated 17 days ago

It's that time of year again: You can't open a paper or click online without finding April Foolery, from hard-to-swallow hoaxes to nearly-believable news.

British Prime Minister orders investigation of Muslim Brotherhood updated 17 days ago

Britain's Prime Minister has ordered an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns about its alleged links to violent extremism.

Ratko Mladic Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Ratko Mladic, former leader of the Bosnian Serb army, indicted for genocide and other war crimes against civilian populations.

Radovan Karadzic Fast Facts updated 18 days ago

Here is a look at the life of Radovan Karadzic, currently on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Germany: Putin says he's pulling some troops back from Ukrainian border updated 18 days ago

Russia's President says he's ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from his country's border area with Ukraine, the German chancellor's office says.

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan declares victory after local elections updated 19 days ago

Local elections in Turkey Sunday are an indication of how controversies and corruption probes have affected support for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In tense, defiant Ukraine border region, prayers are for peace -- unless peace fails updated 19 days ago

Father Mikhail Zorivchak is preaching that there will be no turning of the other cheek if Ukraine is invaded.

Report: 2 Spanish journalists kidnapped in Syria arrive home updated 19 days ago

Two Spanish journalists held more than six months in Syria arrived home Sunday, Spain's El Mundo newspaper reported.

Kerry: Russia supports finding a diplomatic solution to crisis in Ukraine updated 19 days ago

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday after talks with his Russian counterpart that Russia backs a diplomatic solution in Ukraine but won't move troops.

Prince George at eight months: Portrait of a young royal on brink of adventure updated 19 days ago

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a family photo with their son Prince George, a week ahead of their official visit to New Zealand and Australia.

Kerry and Lavrov to meet over Ukraine updated 20 days ago

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet Sunday in Paris, according to the State Department.

'The hordes are coming': Ukrainians fear Russian invasion in northeast updated 20 days ago

They know Russian tanks would make short work of their ramshackle defenses, but a ragtag band of Ukraine volunteers know they could be the only line of defense.

White House: Putin, Obama discuss possible 'diplomatic solution' in Ukraine updated 21 days ago

Russia could ease tensions with Ukraine if it moved its troops away from its border with Ukraine and began direct talks with Kiev, President Obama says.

Gay couples say 'I do' in England and Wales updated 21 days ago

A historic law legalizing same-sex marriage has come into force in England and Wales.

Who will become Paris' first 'Madame Mayor?' updated 22 days ago

This weekend's Paris mayoral election will see the first woman hold the title of "Madame Mayor."

Claas Relotius wins CNN Journalist Award for convict carers coverage updated 22 days ago

A story focused on the care of prison inmates with dementia in U.S. jails has scooped two top prizes at the CNN Journalist Awards ceremony in Munich.

Turkey blocks YouTube days after Twitter crackdown updated 22 days ago

The Turkish government banned YouTube on Thursday, less than a week after Ankara made a similar blackout of the social networking site Twitter, which is estimated to have more than 10 million Turkish users.

U.N. General Assembly resolution calls Crimean referendum invalid updated 22 days ago

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling the Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine invalid.

Court orders damages for actress over Hollande affair report updated 23 days ago

A French publisher has to pay an actress 15,000 euros for photographs of her and President Francois Hollande that it said proved they were having an affair.

Report: Ukraine military dolphins to switch nationalities, join Russian navy updated 23 days ago

Weeks after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, it plans to take custody of the nation's dolphins as well.

Funeral for 'Robin Hood' draws Ukraine nationalists -- paramilitary to pensioner updated 23 days ago

Radical Ukrainian nationalist leader Oleksandr Muzychko, who was killed Monday night, is buried amid a gathering of his right-wing paramilitary followers.

Copenhagen Zoo kills 4 lions, weeks after shooting giraffe updated 24 days ago

A Danish zoo that made international headlines last month when it killed a healthy giraffe is once again in the news after it killed four lions

Pope accepts resignation of German 'Bling Bishop' updated 24 days ago

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was under investigation for spending $42 million on the renovation of his residence.

French consumer watchdog sues Facebook, Twitter and Google updated 24 days ago

France's top consumer watchdog filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Facebook, Twitter and Google, accusing them of breaching Internet users' privacy.

Ukraine's Parliament ousts defense minister; military upgrade wanted updated 24 days ago

Ukraine's parliament dismissed the defense minister Tuesday over his handling of the situation in Crimea.

Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal as Russia seizes naval base updated 24 days ago

Ukraine's interim President ordered the withdrawal of armed forces from Crimea Monday, citing Russian threats to the lives of military staff and their families.

Ukraine crisis: Is Russia done after Crimea? updated 24 days ago

Is Russia done after wrestling Crimea away from Ukraine's new leaders in Kiev?

Helmut Kohl Fast Facts updated 25 days ago

Here's a look a the life of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Northern Ireland Fast Facts updated 25 days ago

Here's a look at Northern Ireland. For many years, Northern Ireland has been split over the question of whether it should remain part of Great Britain or become part of Ireland.

John Major Fast Facts updated 25 days ago

Here's a look at the life of Sir John Major, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Fighter jets intercept plane that breached summit flight restriction updated 25 days ago

The Royal Dutch Air Force scrambled fighter jets on Monday to intercept a cargo plane that entered Dutch airspace without proper clearance as world leaders gathered in the Netherlands for a nuclear security summit.

Turkey's Twitter ban condemned -- even by nation's own president updated 26 days ago

A Turkish government ban on Twitter has provoked widespread fury in Turkey, and condemnation around the world, with the country's own president taking to the social media website to condemn Ankara's actions.

NATO concerned over Russian army buildup on Ukraine border updated 26 days ago

NATO's top military commander expressed concern Sunday about the buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine's border.

Spain's first post-Franco prime minister, Adolfo Suarez, is dead updated 26 days ago

Former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez died at a Madrid hospital Sunday after a long illness, his family said. Suarez was 81.

Honeymoon murder suspect to be extradited to S. Africa in April updated 27 days ago

A British man accused of orchestrating his wife's murder by hit men while on honeymoon will be extradited to South Africa, the South African government said.

Anti-austerity protest turns violent in Spanish capital updated 27 days ago

Cleanup was under way on damage to bus stops and outdoor cafes in Madrid, after austerity protests turned violent on Saturday night and left 101 people injured.

Russia moves to consolidate control over Crimea updated 27 days ago

Russian forces moved Saturday to consolidate control over Crimea.

Ukraine signs EU trade pact as Russia finalizes Crimea annexation updated 28 days ago

Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk signs political elements of a European Union trade pact as Russian lawmakers finalize annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

What does Vladimir Putin want next? updated 28 days ago

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin an opportunist, grabbing at chances to poke the West in the eye, or a clever strategist with the longer-term goal of restoring a greater Russia? Is he simply riding a tide of Russian patriotic fervor over Crimea? Is he a rational actor aware of the delicate balances within the international system, or as one observer put it, "drunk on power" and oblivious to sanctions?

Russia's deputy prime minister, upper house speaker on draft EU sanctions list updated 29 days ago

After hours of chewing over how to deal with Russia's annexation of Crimea, EU heads have added a further 12 individuals to their blacklist.

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