MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's parliament will respect the "historic choice" to be made by Crimea when the Ukrainian region's people vote in a referendum on joining Russia later this month, the speaker of the Russian lower house said.
SYDNEY (AFP) - Stranded by floods and lost, a German backpacker survived for about two weeks in Australia's inhospitable outback on a diet of insects, police said on Friday.
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the situation in Ukraine and agreed that Russia's intervention there threatened world peace, the White House said on Thursday.
A serious phone "selfie" posted by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter has turned into a source of ridicule online.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AFP) - Ukraine stood in danger of breaking apart on Friday after Crimea's parliament unanimously voted to join Russia in a sharp escalation of the worst East-West security crisis since the Cold War.