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Armed pro-Russian activists guard a barricade outside the seized regional state building in Sloviansk (18 April 2014) US raises Ukraine pressure on Russia

The US threatens tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international deal to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Way of the Cross, 18 April Pope leads Good Friday services

Pope Francis highlights the plight of the poor, elderly and abandoned during the Way of the Cross procession in Rome to mark Good Friday.


I deserve more recognition - Toure Yaya Toure

Manchester City's Yaya Toure thinks he is not regarded as one of the best players on the planet because he is from Africa.

Formula 1

Hamilton top in second practice Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during a practice session ahead of Sunday"s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai.

Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.


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Holiday villas Haute holiday: Where the rich go

Where do some of the world's wealthiest people go to unwind? BBC Capital takes a look at five places on their super-luxe must-visit list.

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Woman smoking shisha Burning issue

Should a woman have a male guardian with her at a shisha cafe? That's the debate raging on social media in Saudi Arabia.

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It's never been cheaper or easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world, using everything from viral video to motion-tracking video games.


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