As separatists in Crimea kept up pressure to rejoin Russia, Ukraine marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet on Sunday, with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowing not to give up “a single centimetre” of Ukrainian territory.
FRANCE 24's correspondents report from the Crimean capital of Simferopol as protesters chant their support for Ukrainian soldiers holed up inside a military base surrounded by pro-Russian groups.
Debris spotted off southern Vietnam on Sunday was believed to belong to a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing with 239 people on board the day before, as investigators reportedly explored the possibility that the plane disintegrated mid-air.
RUGBY - SIX NATIONS
England avenged their humiliating defeat in Cardiff last year with a convincing 29-18 win over defending champions Wales on Sunday, ending Welsh hopes of a record third consecutive Six Nations title.
About a dozen nuns held in Syria for more than three months have been released and are on their way to the capital Damascus via neighbouring Lebanon, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.
An Interpol database that held information on two stolen passports used by passengers to board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was not checked by security officials at any time before take-off, the international police agency said Sunday.
Presidential candidate and boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko travelled to eastern Ukraine on Sunday in what FRANCE 24's Gulliver Cragg described as a bid to win over voters wary of nationalists from Kiev.
Malaysia launched a terror probe on Sunday into the disappearance of a passenger jet, investigating passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones.
Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country’s petroleum wealth.
ITALY - FRANCE
It has long been the drink of choice for weddings, birthdays or a romantic meal for two, but champagne may now be losing some of its sparkle as drinkers opt for cheaper alternatives, new figures suggest.
North Koreans went to polling stations on Sunday to approve a new national legislature, an exercise that doubles as a national head count and may offer clues to power shifts in Pyongyang.
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting global “terrorism” and seeking to destabilise Iraq.
Officials expanded a search Sunday for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight after radar indicated that it may have turned back from its scheduled route, as well as launching an investigation into several passengers.
Two large oil slicks spotted in the water off the southern tip of Vietnam on Saturday are believed to be the first signs of a Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing earlier in the day with 239 people on board.
As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continued on Saturday, identifying who exactly was onboard proved to be a bigger challenge than expected, as it became clear that at least one passenger was travelling with a stolen passport.
A last-gap penalty by Jean-Marc Doussain earned France a narrow 19-17 win over Scotland on Saturday, keeping Les Bleus on course for what could be their first Six Nations title since 2010.
UKRAINE - FRANCE
The boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko visted Paris Friday along with fellow Ukrainian presidential hopeful Petro Poroshenko for a meeting with France’s François Hollande.
Tensions continued to mount in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Saturday, with Ukrainian troops growing increasingly nervous after Russian troops on Friday tried to break into their military base and make them surrender their weapons.
Thousands of Senegalese women, particularly those in rural areas, are benefitting from legal advice and assistance they would otherwise never have access to thanks to a volunteer programme set up by the country’s lawyers.
Egypt on Friday deported dozens of female pro-Palestinian activists who had hoped to travel across the border to the Gaza Strip to celebrate International Women's Day there.
In 2004, Morocco’s women took to the streets to demand greater recognition of their rights under the country’s law.
Russia stepped up pressure on the West over the Ukraine crisis on Friday, warning the United States against imposing sanctions and threatening to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine, while maintaining that it hoped to avoid a new Cold War.
Malaysia Airlines said on Saturday it was searching for a plane carrying 239 people which lost contact with air authorities on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The carrier said it was notifying next-of-kin, in a sign it expected the worst.
An open letter to Vladimir Putin from prominent Ukrainian Jews has accused the Russian president of using false claims of ultra-nationalism and anti-Semitism to legitimise intervention in Ukraine.