SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine - Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine's constitution. | Video
MOSCOW/BERLIN - Russian President Vladimir Putin defended breakaway moves by the pro-Russian leaders of Crimea on Sunday in a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, according to the Kremlin.
LONDON - A Scottish nationalist leader accused Britain on Sunday of disrespecting the Scottish parliament over its handling of a problem with a Scotland-based nuclear reactor, stoking tension between London and Edinburgh before an independence referendum.
WASHINGTON/KEY LARGO, Florida - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Saturday that any steps to annex Ukraine's Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy, a U.S. State Department official said.
LONDON - The bulk of investors in Britain's 53 billion pound ($90 billion) commercial property market are opposed to the country leaving the European Union as it could force business tenants to re-evaluate their British presence, according to a survey.
LONDON - Britain's Office for National Statistics says as many of the country's residents were born in Mauritius and Cyprus as in Russia.
LONDON/NEW YORK - Watching powerless from afar as the drama in their native country unfolds, expatriate Ukrainians are raising their voices in sometimes lonely protest and wondering what new surprises Russian President Vladimir Putin may have in store.
WASHINGTON - China agrees with the United States that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected in its dispute with Russia, the White House said in statement on Wednesday after top-level contacts between the two countries.
LONDON - Kath Caldwell worries she may have been wrong to encourage her children to go to university.
LONDON - British retailer, the John Lewis Partnership, posted a 9.6 percent rise in underlying year profit, though it cut its staff bonus payout to 15 percent of salary.
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Prime Minister David Cameron's bid to redefine Britain's relationship with Europe risks stalling foreign investment and throttling the growth of many companies, leading business figures have warned. Full Article | Factbox
Prime Minister David Cameron will be taking a "dangerous gamble" if he tries to win concessions from the European Union by exploiting a crisis among the bloc's euro zone nations, Vince Cable said on Thursday. Full Article
BRUSSELS - The European Union without Britain would be like "fish without chips", the prime minister of Finland said on Wednesday as he made a detailed case for Britain remaining a strong and influential player in Europe. Full Article
Plans to renegotiate ties with the European Union could chase away investment and jobs, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday, highlighting fault lines over Europe straining the coalition. Full Article
David Cameron sought to counter perceptions of discord with the United States over the European Union, saying U.S. President Barack Obama had said that he supported his drive to renegotiate Britain's EU membership. Full Article
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann says he has a "hard time" with David Cameron, who tends to give a different message at home than to fellow leaders in Europe. Full Article
The head of the German parliament's influential European Union Affairs Committee warned Britain trying to "blackmail" other countries in its push to fashion a new relationship with Europe. Full Article