IMF chief faces negligence probe

Christine Lagarde will challenge investigation relating to her time as French finance minister in higher court.

Hollande announces reshuffle

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Cabinet reshuffle quickly pursued by French President after political crisis.

Putin eyes trade amid peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on trade issues as Ukraine talks begin.

Crisis du jour: why French ministers are saying au revoir to Hollande’s agenda

Francois Hollande’s austerity measures and government overhauls are creating a deep chasm through the French political landscape that some believe he will not be able to recover from.

Merkel renews push for Ukraine calm

Germany is fresh push for easing of tensions ahead of key Tuesday meeting.

Foley beheading a terrorist attack against US: White House

Senior official says Obama administration 'actively considering' next step.

Russians using artillery in Ukraine: NATO

NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen says action is 'worrying' and a 'blatant breach' of Russia's commitments.

Putin G20 ban possible: diplomat

EU official says Europe very anxious about Ukraine, Russia's behaviour, says report.

Ukraine warns on economic fallout

Ukraine's prime minister warns that conflict is causing long-term economic damage.

Russia reveals huge cost of Western bans

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Agriculture minister warns billions must be spent subsidising farmers to avoid a food shortage.

Ukraine forces advance on rebel stronghold

Ukrainian forces move on Luhansk, one of pro-Russia rebels' two main strongholds.

Germany spied on Kerry: report

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German secret service intercepted a conversation involving Kerry 'by accident' in 2013.

Abbott slammed for Scotland comments

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Scotland's First Minister criticises Abbott's decision to weigh into independence debate.

Europe considers tougher sanctions

Foreign Ministers to wait until assessment of latest escalation becomes clear.

Ukraine says Russian vehicles destroyed

Embattled country claims to have destroyed column of armoured vehicles seen entering Ukraine from Russia.

Putin softens stance on Ukraine

Russia President Vladimir Putin says that his country doesn't want a confrontation with the West.

Abbott hopes for Russian MH17 cooperation

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PM hopeful Moscow will begin to cooperate on MH17 in the coming weeks and months.

Ukraine close to cutting off separatists

Ukrainian forces close to isolating pro-Russia separatists in their stronghold of Donetsk.

Russia uranium ban on the table: Abbott

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PM says no options ruled out if there is Russian troop movement across Ukraine border.

Ukraine 'may cut Russia energy for Europe'

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Ukraine warns it may cut Russian oil and gas flows to Europe as tensions simmer.