Russia

Putin hosting Abe for talks to break 70-year island deadlock

Tokyo and Moscow are locked in territorial dispute over four islands taken by Soviet army in last days of World War II.

Putin hosting Abe for talks to break 70-year island deadlock

Crimea

Sailors killed after two vessels catch fire off Crimea

At least 14 crew members dead and five missing in the Black Sea after fire engulfs vessels.

Sailors killed after two vessels catch fire off Crimea

Refugees

IOM: 200 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean this year

Sea arrivals to Europe in the first 16 days of 2019 go up to 4,216, compared with 2,365 in the same period of 2018.

IOM: 200 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean this year

Sweden

Sweden hosts 'constructive' N Korea talks ahead of Trump-Kim meet

Stockholm has had diplomatic ties with North Korea since 1973, provides US consular services at its Pyongyang embassy.

Sweden hosts 'constructive' N Korea talks ahead of Trump-Kim meet

United Kingdom

Brexit: All the latest updates

With just 68 days until Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to get her deal approved by MPs.

Brexit: All the latest updates

Brexit

Fears of 'Windrush-type scandal' as EU citizen registration opens

The 3.5m Europeans in Britain can now apply for settled status, but observers warn of serious pitfalls in the system.

Fears of 'Windrush-type scandal' as EU citizen registration opens

Latin America

Howl at the moon: Eclipse watchers revel at Blood Wolf Moon

Best viewing of one-hour total eclipse was from North and South America with some 2.8 billion people able to see it.

Howl at the moon: Eclipse watchers revel at Blood Wolf Moon

Opinion

Spain's far right hates not only immigrants, but also women

What is behind the unexpected rise of Spain's racist, homophobic and anti-immigrant Vox party?

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Greece

Violent clashes in Athens over Macedonia name change

The name-change agreement is the result of a dispute between Macedonia and Greece that has lasted 27 years.

Thousands protest in Athens against Macedonia name change

Religion

Ukraine's pro-Russian clerics resist official pressure

Despite threats reportedly growing, fewer than 100 of 12,000 Russia-affiliated parishes have joined the new church.

Pro-Russian clerics resist official pressure to join new church

Europe

Hungarians continue protest over 'slave law'

Opposition parties and civil society groups are challenging the government's recent labour law.

Europe

Protesters push for opposition, media rights in Serbia

Demonstrations against ruling Serbian Progressive Party call for more freedom for media and opposition parties.

Europe

Spain rescuers struggle to reach two-year-old who fell in well

They say they are working under the assumption the toddler survived the fall nearly a week ago and is trapped dozens of metres below ground.

France

'Yellow vests' protest despite Macron's grand debate

Tens of thousands took to the streets for 10th weekend of protests against French government amid anger over taxes.

Migrants

Scores of migrants unaccounted for after boat capsizes off Libya

Three rescued migrants say up to 117 others were on board dinghy that capsized, 93km northeast of Tripoli.

Scores of migrants unaccounted for after boat capsizes off Libya