A Ukrainian soldier was killed in a sudden upsurge in clashes between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in the country's separatist east, Ukraine's military said Friday.
"Over the past 24 hours, as a result of hostilities one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another three were wounded," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters.Full Story
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday lashed out at the "appalling" conditions for children in two migrant camps that have sprung up around the northern French port of Calais.
UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said the agency was deeply worried, especially for children who were living there alone or had become separated from their families.Full Story
The huge flow of migrants and refugees to Europe via Turkey must be slowed, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday after inspecting registration facilities in Greece.
The goal "cannot just be to register arriving refugees and to relocate them equitably (but above all) to reduce the flow," German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said at the close of the two-day visit.Full Story
A volcano in southern Japan dramatically erupted Friday, with television footage showing fiery hot lava flowing down its slopes and smoke rising skyward.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website that Sakurajima in southern Kagoshima prefecture erupted at 6:56 pm (0956 GMT). There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.Full Story
The German government and the country's skilled craft sector on Friday launched an initiative to offer 10,000 refugees on-the-job training places as the shortfall in qualified workers in Europe's biggest economy continues to grow.
The German education ministry and the national Confederation of Skilled Crafts, or ZDH, said in a joint statement that they would offer apprenticeships to 10,000 asylum-seekers between April 2016 and April 2018.Full Story
A controversial Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came into force on Friday, with the government's guidelines to police exempting wedding and engagement rings from the searches.
Other items of sentimental value will be excluded if they are "associated with a particular personal story that means the object cannot be replaced by another one," the integration ministry said in the document.Full Story
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday threatened to quit along with his entire government in the latest development of a political crisis rocking the former Soviet state.
"We all came in as one team and we will continue working in the future as one team," the 41-year-old cabinet leader told a televised session of parliament.Full Story
Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican announced Friday.
The meeting will be the first of its kind since a schism in the 11th Century split what was then the only Christian Church into Western and Eastern branches.Full Story
Suspected jihadists Friday attacked a U.N. military camp in the fabled city of Timbuktu in Mali's restive north, wounding at least one peacekeeper, security sources said.
Shots were still being heard in the area, a source in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali (MINUSMA) told AFP, indicating hours-long fighting.Full Story
Russian state news agency TASS said on Friday that the authorities were raiding its Moscow headquarters in relation to an employee's former occupation.
"The searches that are being conducted are linked to a TASS employee," agency spokeswoman Yekaterina Titova told AFP.Full Story