The Ukrainian government has taken the bold step to halt all trade with pro-Russian separatists in the east. Supporters of the ban say it will starve funding to the rebel's armed forces, but it's a gamble that may well backfire.
Saudi Arabia has given the United Nations permission to resume flights into Yemen. The Middle Eastern country had tightened their blockade after a long-range missile was intercepted near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
US President Donald Trump has praised his own ability as an arbitrator, offering to mediate in the South China Sea dispute. However, diplomatic skills were not very evident in his latest taunt to North Korea.
US President Donald Trump has arrived in Japan for a marathon tour of Asia set to be dominated by the North Korean stand-off. He also confirmed talks later this week with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration has been criticized for massively increasing arms sales to Middle East dictatorships Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One opposition lawmaker branded the trade "reprehensible."
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