Air strikes, fighting break Russian-declared ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo
BEIRUT Fierce fighting and air strikes broke the third day of a four-day unilateral Russian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitor said.
BERLIN Any discussion between EU leaders at a summit this week about sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis will be limited to a second phase of measures, a senior German official said on Wednesday.
The EU has imposed travel bans and asset freezes on people deemed responsible for Russia's incursion into the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Escalation would involve broader bans and could then move to wider trade and financial restrictions.
In response to a question about whether a third phase of sanctions could be discussed, the senior official said:
"Based on the current situation I expect a discussion on the second phase," adding that the condition for third phase sanctions was a "massive destabilization" of other parts of Ukraine beyond Crimea.
(Reporting by Noah Barkin)
CAIRO An Egyptian court confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against former president Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, judicial sources told Reuters.
MILAN Rescuers pulled 2,400 boat migrants to safety on Saturday, the Italian coastguard said, adding 14 dead bodies had been recovered in the past two days.