As things stand, the pro-separatists insist that they will go ahead with the referendum, with or without Mr Putin's blessing. But at least now he can claim that he did what he could to halt it - and hope, in so doing, to lift the threat of further sanctions being imposed.
What's happening in Nigeria is exceedingly complicated, and it's not something I would normally write about. But as a female educator, I feel it's my responsibility in keeping the crisis in the news as important, which might influence freeing (or finding) these innocent girls' and giving them a future together with opportunities.
Last year Barnardo's worked with 2,592 sexually exploited children across the UK. The year before we worked with 1,940; that's a rise of 34%. This number continues to rise year on year and every time we open a new service we are inundated with young people who need our support.
Former BBC journalist Kurt Barling wouldn't think twice before agreeing that the industry faces diversity set-backs, after having been made redundant recently after 25 years at the organisation in a bid to make £700m in savings. The issue however isn't your classic redundancy situation..
Cringing in the courtroom was near-audible as an 'expert witness' for the defence was torn apart by the prosecution at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius today.
"Roses are red, violets are blue, I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you." Oscar Pistorius' voice trembled as he read out Reeva Steenkamp's Valentine's message to him at his murder trial today, following a gruelling five days of cross-examination by state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel.
In this episode I tackle why you're not getting laid on Tinder, how cocks are going to save the world and the guy with the world's worst game...
London360, produced and presented by young Londoners, will reach more viewers in the capital when it is shown on new TV channel London Live starting...
An irony of the Tories tying themselves in knots here is that this doesn't chime with what the voters say. Poll after poll shows a clear majority in favour of onshore wind. And the same result happens if you ask people if they would be happy to have turbines built near to them.
Oscar Pistorius gave a heart-wrenching testimony at his murder trial in Pretoria today. The sports star was in clear emotional distress as he howled uncontrollably in the dock recalling Reeva's lifeless body just moments after he shot her.
Oscar Pistorius took the stand at his trial today, accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Opening with a tearful apology to the Steenkamp family, the athlete spoke of the night he shot his girlfriend, saying: "I was simply trying to protect Reeva."
In 1994 in the space of 100 days up to one million people were killed in Rwanda, in a calculated act, fueled and perpetrated by Hutu extremists in the then ruling government. It was one of Africa's defining moments, and one of the greatest crimes against humanity of the late 20th century, causing a shock wave across the world that still echoes today.
Simon Stevens, the new head of NHS England, kick-started his leadership of a million-plus strong workforce this week by giving them a simple mantra to follow - "think like a patient, act like a taxpayer."
I'm an avid Twitter user, and I pick up quite a lot of news content from Twitter about things that matter to me that I don't get elsewhere. I also still read the press, both print and digital, and there is no getting away from the fact that many of the top news stories and features comprise significant content generated by Twitter users or Facebook tributes etc.
The public is increasingly engaged and motivated to act. The relevant policy is in place and front line professionals are being slowly equipped with the tools and information they need to ensure that FGM is streamlined into their child safeguarding procedures. There is no reason to continue to fail our girls.
A ballistics expert has testified in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius that Reeva Steenkamp was bent down in a brace position as the Olympian shot her. Speaking of the gunshot wound in Reeva's right arm, Cpt Mangena said: "In this instance the deceased was most probably seated in the defence position"...