MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia said on Thursday it was stepping up field training for tank, artillery and infantry units in three regions next to the Ukrainian border in a powerful display of military might.
MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian companies such as Gazprom should be involved in Crimea's oil and gas production, the speaker of Crimea's Moscow-backed parliament told Russia's RIA news agency on Thursday.
PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyer grilled a police forensics expert for a second day on Thursday, questioning his qualifications in a bid to discredit key evidence from the night the Paralympian shot dead his girlfriend.
BERLIN (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Russia risked "massive" political and economic damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A car ran through barricades and into a crowd at a music and film festival in the US state of Texas early on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 21, police told AFP.