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The Group of Seven most developed economies on Wednesday said a Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea on switching over to Kremlin rule would have "no legal effect" and called on Russia to back down.
The G7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- along with European Union leaders called on Russia "to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law," according to a statement released by the White House.Full Story
Algerian private television channel Al Atlas TV, which has strongly criticized the government, said on Wednesday that it had been ordered to stop broadcasting after police raided its headquarters.
Al Atlas information director Ghoul Hafnaoui told Agence France Presse that the satellite channel went off the air in mid morning, "under orders from the authorities," a day after police searched its premises and seized equipment.Full Story
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 31 as part of trip to several EU countries, an EU statement said Wednesday.
Xi will be hosted by European Council head Hermann Van Rompuy and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, it said.Full Story
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Israel on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss the peace talks and Iran.
It is Cameron's first official visit since the Conservative leader took over as premier in 2010.Full Story
An overloaded passenger boat capsized in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos, killing 13 people, two of them children, the emergency services said Wednesday.
"The accident occurred around 7.45pm (1845 GMT) on Tuesday in (the neighborhood of) Festac Town when a wooden boat with some 20 passengers capsized," Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told Agence France Presse.Full Story
Sudanese police fired tear gas Wednesday when mourners called for "revolution" following the funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a protest against violence in Darfur.
The incident came after about 1,000 mourners had buried Ali Abaker Mussa Idris in a south Khartoum cemetery.Full Story
Malaysian authorities on Wednesday denied their efforts to find a missing passenger jet were now mired in "chaos" as they justified their decision to enlarge the search area to hundreds of kilometers away from its flight path.
At a combative news conference on the fifth day of the vast hunt, Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said they would "never give up hope" of finding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew.Full Story
Libya's fugitive ex-prime minister Ali Zeidan has flown to Germany in defiance of a travel ban after changing planes in Malta, Maltese government sources told AFP Wednesday.
Zeidan arrived in Malta on a Libyan state plane Tuesday evening but then switched to a private jet after a brief stopover before departing for Germany, they said.Full Story
An 11-year-old girl was beaten to death by her father after teachers accused her of stealing from school, a security official said on Wednesday.
"The father, in his forties, brutally beat his daughter last night after teachers accused her of stealing things from school," in Zarqa, northeastern Amman, he told Agence France Presse.Full Story
Ukraine's acting president told Agence France Presse he would not wage war over Crimea as the ex-Soviet state's premier prepared Wednesday to seek U.S. President Barack Obama's help against Russia's expansionist threat.
The first meeting between Obama and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk comes with the nation on the EU's eastern border in danger of breaking apart when the predominantly ethnic Russian region holds a Moscow-backed referendum Sunday on switching over to Kremlin rule.Full Story