Western powers and U.N. human rights investigators have accused the Syrian government of a policy of "starvation until submission" to punish tens of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas
Ukraine is not a NATO member but Russia's intervention in Crimea has alarmed neighbouring countries
In the Black Sea, across the water from the Crimean Peninsula where Russian military groups have seized control, a U.S. navy destroyer will take part in manoeuvres with Romanian and Bulgarian warships.
A Senate Democratic aide said it had not yet been determined whether the Senate Ukraine bill would include the reforms.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The women were taken after soldiers without insignia spotted a pro-Maidan tattoo on one of the women's hands at a checkpoint.
In an interview with the France 24 channel, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of sponsoring terrorism in his country.
Snowden said that his revelations of government spying on private communications have resulted in protections that have benefited the public and global society.
Amardeep Singh, a spokesman for the Sikh Coalition, said the Pentagon had so far been unwilling to firmly commit to taking people whose religion included dress and grooming requirements.
Activists said Syrian government authorities released 15 women activists who had been held on terrorism charges at the sprawling Adra prison on the outskirts of Damascus
The State Department said Kerry told Lavrov Washington wanted Moscow to cease its military advances in Ukraine, stop its drive to annex Crimea and end "provocative steps."
Saudi Arabia recently ratified an anti-terrorism law that rights campaigners have criticised as a tool to stifle dissent.
Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu al-Zubayr, said Mogadishu's Western-backed government and Ethiopia were acting at the behest of the United States and would be defeated.
The death of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the total number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations
The U.N. experts expressed concern in their report about violations of the arms embargo by "non-notified" deliveries of arms to government forces and transfers of weapons to the private market
Sweden has experienced several racist attacks in recent months, including an attack on an anti-racist march, swastika graffiti at a school with Jewish pupils and Nazi signs daubed on a mosque
Brigadier General Jamil Zeidan died in hospital after unidentified assailants shot him in Ain El-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
Moldova, an ex-Soviet republic wedged between Ukraine and Romania, with a population of about 4 million, is planning to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union
Working conditions in the $22 billion industry have been under scrutiny since the April, 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza in which more than 1,100 workers were killed
About 150 people marched from Sofia University to the parliament building in downtown Sofia and submitted more than 560,000 signatures to parliament calling for the referendum
Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham had conveyed an official warning to the Austrian embassy in Tehran over the "unplanned meeting," IRNA said, without elaborating.