A portrait of the Queen by the renowned British photographer David Bailey has been released in the run-up to her 88th birthday. The photograph of the monarch, smiling, was taken at Buckingham Palace in March as part of the government's GREAT campaign. It shows the monarch smiling at the camera - wearing a pearl necklace, earrings, a brooch and a dress by Angela Kelly, who has served as personal assistant and senior dresser to her since 2002.
The Geneva statement adopted after the four-party meetings between diplomats from the European Union, the United States, Russia and Ukraine is a mere step to peace talks on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, Ukraine’s parliament-appointed President Alexander Turchinov told the Ukraina television channel on Sunday, adding that any talks were better than a war, Itar-Tass reports.
People’s volunteer corps in the town of Slavyansk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region have been put on alert over reports about plans to stage attacks on block posts and administrative buildings occupied by the Donetsk People’s Republic, Slavyansk’s people’s mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev told Itar-Tass on Sunday.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 166 people on board landed safely at Kuala Lumpur early on Monday after being forced to abandon a flight to Bangalore because of problems with its landing gear, the airline said.
Malaysia Airlines said a plane with 166 people on board would shortly attempt an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur after its landing gear malfunctioned on take-off, Reuters reports.
Acting prosecutor general of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya is not afraid of criminal charges filed against her in Ukraine. She is wanted there for “actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order or the seizure of power”. “I know that charges were filed against me in Ukraine, that I was put on a wanted list there. I am not afraid of it, my conscience is clear,” said Poklonskaya.
Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsibility for their territory back to Israel if peace talks remain stalled, a senior Palestinian official said Sunday. The official said the Palestinians told US peace envoy Martin Indyk on Friday that unless Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as agreed and freezes settlement building, they could dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) of president Mahmud Abbas.
Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked.
The former army general, who toppled Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, will face a leftist politician in next month's presidential election, as they were the only candidates to enter before nominations closed, the committee organizing the vote said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
Military parades will be held in 25 Russian cities on Victory Day on May 9 and marches - in over 50, said First Deputy Defense Minister, General of the Army Arkady Bakhin, Interfax reports.
A military helicopter that crashed into the sea near the Canary Islands was found Sunday with the bodies of its four missing crew members inside, the Spanish government said, AFP reports.
Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was "on the brink of genocide", as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and "re-learn to live together".
A new survey published Sunday shows Scotland could be on the brink of winning independence from the UK ahead of a historic referendum to be held on September 18. According to the independent ICM poll for the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, the pro-independence movement has the highest ratings since the campaign started, needing just two percent to win independence.
As wildfires continue posing a great risk to the Lazovsky nature preserve and the Tiger's Call national park in Primorye, strenuous efforts are being made in the Leopard Land national park to put out the fires, said Dmitry Belanovich, director of the Environmental Protection Policy Department.
One of the suspects in the attack on the checkpoint in the east Ukrainian city of Slavyansk early on Sunday, in which four people were killed, has been detained, an aide to commander of the self-defense forces told RIA Novosti.
Weekend drone strikes in Yemen killed more than 40 suspected al Qaeda militants, including 30 on Sunday, days after the jihadist network's Arabian Peninsula offshoot vowed to fight against Western "crusaders", AFP reports.
Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan's presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Sunday, with a run-off vote likely next month, AFP reports.
The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully reached the International Space Station Sunday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.
With fears that women's rights are being eroded in Iraq, prospective female lawmakers are determined to push women's issues to the fore of campaigning for this month's elections.
Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and chief editor of the “Russia in Global Affairs” journal, gave his opinion on agreements made during the recent four-way meeting in Geneva on Ukraine, as well as on the US involvement in the Ukrainian crisis.