- The war in the Donbass is reaching ‘breaking point’ at Ukraine’s strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, a city vital to coal supplies for electricity generation across the country
- After Greece’s new prime minster vowed to let his country’s €172bn bailout expire at the end of the month and instead seeks a “bridge agreement”, just how urgent is the risk to Greece and what are Athens’ options?
- A crackdown on dissidents in China points to Beijing’s suspicion of western meddling, underlying its fears of a ‘colour revolution’, writes Gideon Rachman
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defended his government’s actions in the region since the uprising against his rule, which erupted in 2011, in an interview with the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
- Kenyan police are cracking down on extremism in the bustling port city of Mombasa, but some young Muslim men say their tactics are only serving to amplify violence (WSJ $)
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