- US lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia - Times of Israel April 21, 2014Two members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored US and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.
- Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout - Fox News April 21, 2014Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.
- Not Even the Threat of War in Europe Can Unite the E.U. - Time April 21, 2014European countries with strong trade ties to Russia remain reluctant to impose stiffer sanctions even as the conflict in eastern Ukraine worsens.
- China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years - UK Telegraph April 21, 2014It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance - not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross.
- Washington on back foot in web negotiations - Financial Times April 21, 2014A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.
- Iran: Row with world powers over Arak reactor 'virtually solved' - Jerusalem Post April 21, 2014Iran and six world powers have "virtually solved" a dispute over the Arak heavy-water reactor, which the West is worried could produce bomb-grade material, the Islamic Republic's nuclear chief was quoted as saying on Saturday.
- Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea - Reuters April 21, 2014An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighboring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
- Air Strikes in Yemen Kill 40 Al Qaeda Militants in Two Days - Washington Free Beacon April 21, 2014Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country.
- Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube - World Tribune April 21, 2014The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying.