BRUSSELS -- IFJ marked International Women's Day by calling on media organizations and public authorities to confront violence against female journalists.
ANKARA -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would ban the use of Facebook and YouTube in Turkey after the March 30 elections in that country.
MOSCOW, WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone last night for an hour about the situation in Ukraine.
CRIMEA, KIEV -- Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea will hold a referendum on March 16 to decide on its future status, Itar-Tass has reported.
CRIMEA -- The Supreme Council of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea Republic on Thursday approved in principle the legislation enabling it to join Russia as a federal subject.
BRUSSELS -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO had until further notice suspended regular contacts with Russia on civilian and military level.
MOSCOW -- The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by opposition, "Maidan", leaders, RT is reporting.
MOSCOW -- A Russian daily claims that President Vladimir Putin last month convinced Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych to sign an agreement with the opposition.
BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he believes Russia can help in finding a political resolution to the Ukraine crisis.
NOVO-OGAREVO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that an unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power was carried out in neighboring Ukraine.
NEW YORK -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered soldiers who took part in a military drill this week to return to their bases, said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
MOSCOW, BRUSSELS, KIEV -- About 300 pro-Russian demonstrators in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Monday occupied several floors of the regional government building.
BERLIN -- Russian President Vladmir Putin has agreed to a proposal from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to set up a contact group on Ukraine, the German government said.
MOSCOW -- Russian senators on Saturday unanimously voted to send Russian army troops to Crimea, "in order to ensure peace and stability in the region."
"The Yanukovich government was rotten to the core, and he will not be missed. But most governments of Ukraine will be rotten to the core, partly because there is no tradition of respect for the law and because of the way property was privatized.
"What is important - considering that things have come to this - is to know that what is happening in the court in The Hague is not our job, it is not the job of politicians. It is the job for the court, it is linked to the past, our job is linked
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