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An in-depth look at one of the stories grabbing the headlines on the world stage.

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The last edition: Monday 24 March 2014
Arrests amid security concerns ahead of India legislative elections

Arrests amid security concerns ahead of India legislative elections

Police in India say four suspected terrorists arrested in the state of Rajasthan were planning attacks to disrupt legislative elections, slated for next month.


Friday 14 March 2014
Children push a cart with water containers along a damaged street in Aleppo

Women and children in war zones in Syria

Tomorrow is the third anniversary of the start of the war in Syria. The violence has created a refugee crisis in Syria with no end to the conflict in sight.

Thursday 13 March 2014
A pro-Russian activist sits inside a tent in front of Lenin's statue in Alupka, Crimea, 12 March, 2014

Russia’s historical relationship with Crimea

Russia’s intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea has been making headlines all over the world.

Wednesday 12 March 2014
A poster calling on Crimea residents to vote in favour of joining the Russian federation, Simferopol, 11 March, 2014

Will Crimea join the Russian federation on 16 March referendum?

Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseney Yatsenyuk is due to arrive in the US later today for talks with President Obama at the White House.