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New president Petro Poroshenko's willingness to reach out to disaffected elements within his country brings hope of a turning point in the crisis

US President Barack Obama speaks next to David Cameron at a joint news conference after their meeting at the G7 summit in Brussels

Barack Obama backs No campaign on Scottish independence and calls for Britain to ‘remain strong, robust and united’

Washington has previously said the US would stay out of the union referendum debate

Barack Obama with US embassy and Nato staff at Melsbroek airport

G7 summit: Barack Obama accuses Vladimir Putin of a return to ‘dark tactics’ over Ukraine

President seeks to reassure European allies the US will support them if their borders are threatened by Russia

Backed by F-16 fighter jets, the US President, Barack Obama, and the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, speak at Okecie airport, Warsaw

Fears that President Obama’s $1bn pledge on European defence could provoke new Cold War

Ahead of the meeting of the G7 leaders (the G8 minus Vladimir Putin after he annexed Crimea), the US President risks further wrath from Moscow

Altaf Hussain arrest: Karachi in lockdown after Pakistan's MQM leader is held in London

The exiled leader of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Altaf Hussain, has been arrested in London, sending the country's largest city of Karachi into lockdown.

State of the stateless: Meet Steven, a man who can’t work because he doesn’t exist

The United Nations estimates that there are 12 million stateless people worldwide. Steven is one of them. He lives in Britain and cannot be deported – but neither can he get a job, a bank account, a driving licence or an education. Emma Batha reports

Population decline in religiously sceptical European countries combined with rapid population growth in central Africa could see a resurgence of Christianity

Steve Jones at the Hay Festival: Falling birth rates in Europe and rising ones in Africa could spell decline in atheism

A combination of surging population growth in Christian Africa and population decline in Europe could signal the decline of atheism, a world-renowned geneticist has claimed.

US declares cyber war on China: Chinese military hackers charged with trying to steal secrets from companies including nuclear energy firm

Tensions between the two superpowers explode as a Pennsylvania court accuses military officials of trying to steal secrets from six companies, including a nuclear energy firm

The average number of hours slept is just one of the eclectic statistics that the UN are saying should be included with more traditional economic indicators to establish a country's economic progress

Beyond GDP: UN looks at alternative measures of the wealth of nations - including birdsong, the number of girls attending school and a good night's sleep

The monetary value of the goods and services produced by a nation fail to reflect its social and environmental 'wealth', experts say

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Nigeria schoolgirls kidnap: West calls on African nations to work together to defeat Boko Haram

A more co-ordinated response to the Islamist kidnappers emerges at Paris summit
American crews have been transported to the International Space Station by Soyuz rockets since 2011

Ukraine crisis in space: US takes on the Russians, only this time it's over the International Space Station

A joint enterprise since the 1990s, the $150bn international research laboratory is still physically divided along Cold War lines
Protests against Boko Haram

This spread of 'holy fascism' is a disaster

'Wahhabisation' is being used against other Muslims and Christians alike to subjugate women and crush dissent
A Syrian man rescues a child following an explosion in Aleppo earlier this year

Civilian victims of explosive weapons rise 15% globally

Study examined incidents involving devices such as car bombs, mortars and drone-launched missiles in 58 countries around the world

Riek Machar signs the ceasefire on Friday

Ukraine crisis EXCLUSIVE: US and Europe planning to ‘cut off’ Russia’s gas supply

Exclusive: G7 leaders are expected to sign off on an 'emergency response plan' to assist Ukraine this winter if its neighbour restricts gas supplies

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