With Crimea's parliament voting to become part of Russia there is a danger the issue will be settled while West still argues over sanctions.
As the EU meets to consider sanctions it's worth remembering that Ukraine might get its power from the east but it banks in the west.
Despite President Vladmir Putin's regard for Elton John, Russia’s gay community do not feel welcome in their own country.
For years Dagestan has been the scene of a separatist struggle. Now it is home to Islamist militants who have vowed to target the Games.
US Secretary of State John Kerry made a powerful plea to the divided Syrian opposition to join next week's peace talks.
The operation to deny Syria's Bashar al-Assad his deadliest weapons is delayed and deep in trouble, it has been confirmed.
There is little surprise about Syria's revelation that western intelligence officers have come to call about "security co-operation".
More than a decade on from the US invasion of Falluja, Iraqi troops have lost control of the strategic city to al Qaeda fighters.
In an interview with ITV News, China's ambassador to the UK has accused Japan of behaving like Germany in the run-up to the World War 2.
As Syria peace talks approach, the torture and death of Dr Abbas Khan has poisoned the well at a crucial moment.