Five climbers plunged to their deaths from the rocky, snow-covered peaks of a central Spanish mountain range in two accidents at the weekend, rescuers said.
On Sunday, two men and a woman tumbled from the Cuerno del Almanzor, a rocky, tower-shaped formation near Pico Almanzor, the highest mountain in central Spain's Sierra de Gredos range, the emergency services said.Full Story
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke late Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping about ways to peacefully resolve a tense crisis over control of Ukraine's Crimea region, the White House said.
"They affirmed their shared interest in reducing tensions and identifying a peaceful resolution to the dispute between Russia and Ukraine," the White House said in a statement released on Monday.Full Story
Ukraine sought urgent Western backing on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.
The pro-European team in Kiev that rode the wave of three months of deadly protests to topple a Kremlin-backed regime is running against the clock to preserve the territorial integrity of the culturally splintered nation of 46 million.Full Story
A decade after al-Qaida-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Spain's worst terrorist attack, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Islamist extremists were still a threat.Full Story
A group of U.N.-mandated investigators launch a probe Monday of human right violations in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
The three international investigators will spend two weeks travelling the country, speaking with victims, witnesses, and actors in the conflict, and expect to draw up a list of suspected perpetrators.Full Story
South Africa said Monday it will ask Mozambican authorities to investigate reports of sexual abuse of its female nationals held in the neighboring country's jails.
A local newspaper reported at the weekend that 15 South African female prisoners in Mozambique were suffering sexual exploitation by prison warders in exchange for food, sanitary pads, toothpaste and other basics.Full Story
Iranian newspapers on Monday welcomed European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's weekend visit to Tehran although her focus on human rights came under criticism.
Ashton met on Sunday with top Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.Full Story
Nepalese police arrested nine Tibetans on Monday after stepping up security on the streets of the capital for the anniversary of the 1959 rebellion against China's rule in Tibet.
About 30 police swooped on a handful of protesters, who waved Tibetan flags and chanted "we want a free Tibet", near the Chinese consular offices in Kathmandu, an Agence France Presse reporter said.Full Story
Nine members of the security forces and two communist insurgents were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military on Monday, officials said.
At least 50 New People's Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of policemen at the police station in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez.Full Story
The ousted president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, is to speak in southern Russia on Tuesday in his first public statement in over a week, Russian news agencies reported.
"The statement will be made in Rostov-on-Don. The exact time and place will be announced later," the agencies cited an unnamed source in his entourage as saying Monday.Full Story