An armed man stands near of Pro-Russian protester's barricade in front of the occupied police station in Slaviansk (Pic: EPA)

Ukraine gives separatists deadline to disarm

13 Apr Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.

Abdullah al-Thani has stepped down as Libyan Prime Minister

Libyan PM quits after armed attack

13 Apr Libya's prime minister Abdullah al-Thani has stepped down, saying he and his family had been the victims of a "traitorous" armed attack the previous day.

French and African peacekeepers have been struggling to halt the violence

More peacekeepers to be authorised for CAR

10 Apr The United Nations Security Council is expected to authorise deployment of about 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic today in order to help end the violence.

Pro-Russian activists block access to the Ukrainian Security Service building in Luhansk

50 people leave siege building in Ukraine

09 Apr Over 50 people have left a state security service building overnight that had been seized by pro-Russia activists in eastern Ukraine, following negotiations between protesters and officials.

Pro-Russian activists reinforce a barricade in front of the security service headquarters in Luhansk

'Up to 60 hostages' held by separatists in Ukraine

08 Apr Ukraine's state security service has said that pro-Russian separatists have placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and are using weapons to hold around 60 people against their will.

Mary Robinson said State visit by President Michael D Higgins was an important event

Robinson welcomes Higgins State visit to Britain

04 Apr Former President Mary Robinson has said next weeks State visit by President Michael D Higgins to Britain is the most important rounding off of a gradual realisation that both countries have to have normal relations.

Palestinian supporters of the Fatah movement wave their national flag and the party's flag as they demonstrate in support of the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinians sign key international treaties

02 Apr A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions giving Palestinians greater leverage against Israel has left the United States struggling to put peace talks back on track.