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EU urges Russia to help 'end kidnappings and killings'

The European Union has urged Russia to use its "leverage" with pro-Russian separatists to stop the violence being seen in eastern Ukraine.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton said:

"We call on all parties to the joint Geneva statement on Ukraine to ensure its terms are fully implemented, and in particular on Russia to use its leverage to ensure an immediate end to kidnappings and killings in eastern Ukraine."

Madeleine police poised to start Portugal operations

British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are poised to stage operations on Portuguese soil.

Investigators from Scotland Yard are waiting for an official agreement later this week, and hope to begin "operational activity" linked to the case in the near future.

Madeleine McCann went missing in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007. Credit: PA Archive

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said he hoped that Portuguese and British officers could act soon, although he would not reveal what the operations will involve.

He said: "I am cautiously optimistic that in the not-too-distant future we are going to start to see activity."

Police also revealed that they are looking at five more cases in which young British girls were sexually assaulted during holiday home break-ins by a lone intruder in the Algarve.

One of these was in 2005 on a 10-year-old girl in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine, then three, vanished two years later.

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Hague urges Russia to take 'visible steps' on Ukraine

Foreign Secretary William Hague has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that Russia needs to take "visible steps" to put in place the agreement reached in the multilateral talks in Geneva last week.

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Have spoken to Foreign Minister Lavrov to urge Russia to take visible steps to implement Geneva #Ukraine agreement

Read: Geneva talks: Key points on Ukraine crisis

Pro-Russian forces hold journalist hostage in Slaviansk

Pro-Russian separatists are holding an American journalist in the Ukrainian town of Slaviansk.

Simon Ostrovsky, who works for Vice News, is apparently being held in the local headquarters of the Ukrainian security services, which have been seized by pro-Russian forces.

Journalist Simon Ostrovsky pictured with a masked pro-Russian gunman Credit: Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the insurgents said Mr Ostrovsky is "fine" but is "suspected of bad activities" and is under investigation, according to the Associated Press.

'Possible debris' found washed up on Australian beach

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre have reported that the West Australian Police have attended a report of material washed ashore, 10 kilometres east of Augusta.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau are also examining photographs of the material to identify if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370.

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Possible debris found washed up on Australian beach. Not confirmed as relating to #mh370 but been taken away for analysis.

The ATSB has also provided the photographs to the Malaysian investigation team.

Read more: MH370: No trace yet as underwater search nears end

Kremlin: Russia will retaliate to attack on its interests

Russia's Foreign Minister has issued a stark warning to the Ukrainian government, saying that his country will retaliate if its interests are threatened.

Sergei Lavrov's words came as Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister announced a new phase of "anti-terrorist" actions against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has promised his country will retaliate to any action which threatens its citizens Credit: Associated Press

“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” he told Russia Today.

Mr Lavrov also claimed that the Americans were now "running the show" in Ukraine".

Read: Ukraine: Easter truce over after politician 'tortured'

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Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to those lost at sea

Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a gym in Ansan to pay their respects to those lost in the Sewol ferry disaster.

More: Families' anguish continues as more bodies discovered

People filed through the temporary memorial over lunchtime, passing about 50 large wreaths on their way to a wall of flowers and pictures of those lost.

Mourners pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol. Credit: AP Photo/Korea Pool

Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing.

Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned. The official death toll is over 100 and climbing.

Mourners pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol. Credit: AP Photo/Korea Pool

Read more: Ferry company 'offices raided' as search continues

Ukraine to target pro-Russian groups 'in near future'

The Easter truce between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists has come to an end, the Ukrainian government has announced.

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema said the government would now move to eliminate militant separatist groups who are holding public buildings in the east of Ukraine "in the near future".

Mr Yarema also said Kiev hoped for "more substantive" help from the United States in the event of any Russian aggression.

Ukraine: New alert after 'politician found tortured'

No air pockets on South Korea ferry, police say

NBC News correspondent Bill Neely reports that no air pockets have been found on the South Korean ferry which sunk last Wednesday, indicating there will not be any survivors.

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BREAKING Maritime Police in S.Korea say no air pockets have been found on sunken ferry #Sewol , suggesting no survivors,1 week on.

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Maritime police also say divers expected to find many bodies in cafeteria area on 3rd floor of #Sewol but did not.

'Unite with Russia against radical Islam', Blair urges

Tony Blair will speak today about the threat posed by radical Islam.
Tony Blair will speak today about the threat posed by radical Islam. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA

The West must put aside differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on tackling the threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair is set to warn.

Failing to "take sides" with moderates in the Middle East and North Africa could mean the 21st century is dominated by conflict rather than peaceful co-existence, he will say.

Mr Blair is due to make the intervention in a speech at Bloomberg in London this morning.

It comes with tensions still running high in eastern Ukraine, and after Russia was jettisoned from the G8 group of nations over Vladimir Putin's decision to annexe the Crimea.

But Mr Blair will describe a wider crisis with its roots in "a radicalised and politicised view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam's true message".

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