German Chancellor Angela Merkel put her political colleagues on notice Wednesday that relations with Russia may be in for long-term difficulties over Moscow's aggressions against Ukraine.
Ukrainian factories for decades have been a key supplier to the Kremlin's war machine, providing jet engines, uranium fuel and electronics for Russia's nuclear arsenal.
For China's state media, the violence in Ferguson, Mo., was an opportunity to point out the type of rights abuses the United States and its Western allies often accuse Beijing authorities of committing.
The divisive issue of whether Ukraine should join NATO will be put to a vote years from now, after the necessary reforms have been completed, President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred controversy again with a speech Monday disputing gender equality and defining women's role in society as motherhood.
Vice President Joe Biden told the Kremlin during a visit Friday to Ukraine that the United States will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea and warned Moscow that it faces greater isolation if it continues its "provocative action."