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Merkel and Putin negotiate to trade Crimea’s sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade

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Spain fails to reach agreement over Catalan independence vote

President Artur Mas said he had hoped for a 'British solution' to the issue, in reference to September's referendum on Scottish independence

A speech made by the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister urging women not to laugh in public in order to preserve morality has sparked a backlash on social media from women posting defiant selfies of themselves laughing at his remarks.

Women in Turkey have a laugh in public at the deputy Prime Minister's expense

Bülent Arınç defended his comments and has now turned his attention to women who 'can't wait to climb poles when they see one'

Ukraine seizes key town of Avdiivka close to rebel stronghold of Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatists driven out of key town near both the airport and train station

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A 20-year-old's idea of a viral video turned into a rather costly mistake

People look at a damaged area after shelling in Donetsk

Ukraine crisis: Worse bloodshed feared as new government intensifies action against rebels

Shells smashed into a residential neighbourhood of Donetsk today as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed a number of people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block, and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed.

Flowers for the victims of flight MH17 at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam

Ukraine crisis: Sanctions will make Russia’s 'weak economy even weaker', says President Obama

US and EU target energy, weapons and finance companies in latest clampdown

Police search for evidence in front of the synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany

Attack in Germany prompts fears over rise in anti-Semitism

Petrol bombs were hurled at the walls of a synagogue in Wuppertal in western Germany today amid fears of a rising tide of Gaza-related anti-Semitism in Europe.

Jordi Pujol is a figurehead for Catalan nationalism

Former Catalan President Jordi Pujol to be stripped of his titles after admitting to more than 30 years of tax fraud

The scandal comes at a time of deep economic hardship for many Spaniards

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L) and Maria Alyokhina of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot arriving for the Cinema for Peace gala in Berlin, 2014

Pussy Riot to sue Russian government for imprisoning them after anti-Putin 'punk prayer' church protest

The all-female punk band were sentenced for 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' in 2012

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc

'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech

Bülent Arınç condemned 'moral regression' and consumerism

A picture The Siberian Times claims shows a 15 metre crater in the Taz district, near the village of Antipayuta

Two more giant holes discovered after crater 'at the end of the world' is found in Siberia

The new formations are said to be smaller than the first but similar in appearance

Lionel Messi looks on at the end of the World Cup final against Germany

Lionel Messi tax evasion: Barcelona star to face prosecution over 'unpaid taxes', judge rules

The Argentina forward is accused of defrauding Spanish Tax Office of more than €4 million (£3.1 million)

Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US

Sir Peter Westmacott was questioned on action to stop the violence in Ukraine

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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