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Russia

Kremlin critic Nemtsov laid to rest in Moscow

ImageA funeral ceremony for the slain prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov has taken place in Moscow. His assassination has shocked the country.

Moldova

Moldova: Europe's next powder keg?

The war in eastern Ukraine continues to sow unrest in the European Union and NATO. Now, the focus is shifting to the tiny republic of Moldova on the EU's eastern border, and the breakaway territory of Transnistria.

Environment

EU seeks to reduce plastic bag usage

The European Union has approved new rules to curb the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment. EU countries are permitted to introduce extra taxes or even ban single-use plastic bags.

Press Freedom

Turkey police arrest Erdogan critic Baransu again

Turkey has arrested a journalist in its investigation against a "conspiracy" against military officers. Mehmet Baransu was also detained in December for criticizing a presidential adviser.

Ukraine

Ukraine in appeal for international peacekeeping force

The office of the Ukrainian president has written an appeal to the UN and EU for international peacekeepers. At the same time, President Poroshenko unveiled his plans to increase the size of the military.

Russia

Russian opposition 'in a great depression' after Nemtsov murder

Russians opposed to President Vladimir Putin are in a state of despair after Boris Nemtsov's murder, says Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Moscow Center. He can see no one stepping in to fill the Kremlin critic's shoes.

Ukraine

UN: More than 6,000 killed in Ukraine war

More than 6,000 people have been killed since eastern Ukraine's separatist insurgency erupted last April, the UN says. The Geneva-based body warned the situation had "dramatically deteriorated" in recent months.