MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia will impose symmetrical sanctions if the United States and European Union impose their own, Deputy Economy Minister Alexei Likhachev said on Thursday.
RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia's government has launched a new scheme to provide housing aid to its citizens, in the hope of ending a shortage of homes which has depressed living standards and is politically sensitive for the government.
PARIS (AFP) - The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said on Thursday that it had postponed the process for the Russian Federation to join its 34-member organisation.
SOCHI (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was not to blame for the crisis over Ukraine's Crimea region.
VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Thursday marked the first anniversary of his election by tweeting the message "Please pray for me" to his 12 million followers.