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# tensions - Sunday 27 April, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels present peace-keeping 'prisoners of war' to international media

The captured men are in Ukraine as part of an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe verification team.

# tensions - Friday 25 April, 2014

Obama confirms that if Putin was drowning, he would probably jump in to save him

“If anybody is out there drowning, I would save them. I used to be a pretty good swimmer, I grew up in Hawaii.”

# tensions - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Angry scenes as relatives of MH370 passengers meet airline staff

“I am not trying to create trouble or difficulty for your staff. We haven’t been trying to vent anger or hate your staff”.

Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of 'crimes against its own people'

Vladimir Putin has warned of “consequences” to the military action.

# tensions - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Ukraine revives offensive against rebels while US sends 'reassuring' troops

Pro-Moscow insurgents are also currently holding two journalists.

# tensions - Monday 21 April, 2014

Russia accuses Ukraine of violating peace deal

US President Barack Obama had warned Russia that it would face additional sanctions if progress was not made within days.

# tensions - Friday 18 April, 2014

Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels won't abide by an international agreement reached yesterday

Obama has warned that if there’s no progress “additional consequences” will be imposed on Russia.

# tensions - Monday 14 April, 2014

Russia accuses West of "off the scale" hypocrisy over Ukraine

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interim president says he supports a ref

# tensions - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Gerry Adams criticises Norman Tebbit for saying he hoped the Real IRA would shoot McGuinness

Adams said Tebbit was publicly advocating the assassination of Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

# tensions - Friday 4 April, 2014

Journalist shot dead in Afghanistan

Two female journalists were shot in a police station in Khoust – one has died and one is seriously injured.

# tensions - Friday 21 March, 2014

Fitch downgrades Russia rating as EU adds sanctions to 12 more people

The agency says investors will be reluctant to lend to Russia during the current crisis.

# tensions - Monday 17 March, 2014

Crimea officially asks to rejoin Russia in Cold War-style stand-off

The final tally shows 96.6 per cent of voters in Crimea chose to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

# tensions - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Tatars urge NATO to intervene in Ukraine "before there is a massacre"

The European Court of Human Rights has called on Russia to avoid military action, while a protester was stabbed in the west of Ukraine.

# tensions - Friday 7 March, 2014

Pro-Russian gunmen have stormed a Ukrainian military command centre

Around 20 attackers entered the base without firing a shot, report say.

# tensions - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Russia has test-fired an intercontinental missile

It successfully hit a target in Kazakhstan, the Russian government says.

'An anti-constitutional coup': Vladimir Putin isn't happy about events in Ukraine

The Russian president is addressing journalists in Moscow this morning.

# tensions - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Ukraine's navy chief switches allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities

Denis Berezovsky said in a televised statement that he “swears allegiance to the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.

Tánaiste to meet EU foreign ministers for emergency talks on Ukraine crisis

Gilmore said Russia is obliged to respect Ukraine’s independence.

# tensions - Friday 28 February, 2014

US issues warning as Russian military 'now controls Crimea'

President Barack Obama warned of the ‘costs’ of military intervention.

Armed men are patrolling one of Ukraine's main airports

However the airport is operating normally, despite their presence.

# tensions - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Cameron orders review of secret IRA deal after Peter Robinson’s resignation threat

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to be recalled tomorrow to discuss Peter Robinson’s concerns about protection for IRA suspects.

Enda Kenny: Yes, the Irish government knew about Hyde Park bomb deal

The Taoiseach said there was a “degree of sensitivity” surrounding the issuing of letters to IRA suspects guaranteeing they wouldn’t be prosecuted.

# tensions - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Catholic teacher leaves job at school after online sectarian abuse

Sinn Féin has blamed a Protestant group for targeting the 25-year-old teacher.

# tensions - Monday 6 January, 2014

Polish Minister criticises David Cameron over immigrant comments

The British Prime Minister had said that existing benefit rules for EU workers from eastern Europe were a “monumental mistake” – but Poland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs disagrees.

# tensions - Monday 30 December, 2013

Germany urges Japan to deal 'honestly' with WWII past

Germany said it has tried to deal with its own actions during World War II and urged Japan and other countries to do likewise.

# tensions - Friday 27 December, 2013

Six detained air force officers caused significant tension for Mugabe’s visit to Ireland

It was a hot topic of discussion whether Taoiseach Fitzgerald should raise the issue of the detained air force officers with Mugabe during his visit.

# tensions - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Demonstrators topple Lenin statue in giant Ukraine protest

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out in Kiev this afternoon in an increasingly tense stand-off with the government.

# tensions - Monday 18 November, 2013

Teenager 'in a stable condition' after being shot in legs in Coleraine

Matthew Campbell was shot after a gang forced their way into a house in a staunchly loyalist area of Coleraine.

# tensions - Friday 1 November, 2013

John Kerry: Yes, US spying 'has reached too far' at times

The admission by the US Secretary of State was unprecedented as the tense row between the US and Europe rumbles on.

# tensions - Thursday 29 August, 2013

Britain sends six Typhoon jets to Cyprus base

However, the country said they are not deploying them to take part in military action against Syria.

# tensions - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Interview: The arts have a unique ability to dissolve hostility

Festival director Sean Doran talks about hosting the world’s largest multi-arts festival in a small town in Co Fermanagh, and how the arts can melt away tensions in Northern Ireland.

# tensions - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

Some Dublin Bus workers accept Labour Court proposals...

…but drivers already rejected them last week.

# tensions - Sunday 18 August, 2013

North Korea agrees to reunions for families separated since the 50s

These reunions had been held for years to get families back together up until 2010 when tensions between the two countries rose again.

Martin McGuinness: The past few weeks have not been good for Northern Ireland

The Deputy First Minister also criticised the DUP – his coalition partner – for abandoning plans to develop the Maze prison into a conflict resolution centre.

# tensions - Friday 9 August, 2013

Spain says it will take 'all necessary measures' to protect Gibraltar

Britain, Spain and Gibraltar are rowing (again).

# tensions - Wednesday 7 August, 2013

Video: SF mayor of Belfast hospitalised after being jostled by loyalist protesters

A local DUP politician criticised the Lord Mayor for attending the event after violent scuffles broke out.

# tensions - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

Investigation after 'shots fired' at police in Belfast

The PSNI said no injuries or damage was reported in the incident.

# tensions - Saturday 6 July, 2013

North and South Korea hold rare talks after months of increasing tensions

The talks follow months of friction and threats of war by Pyongyang after its February nuclear test attracted tougher UN sanctions, further squeezing its struggling economy.

# tensions - Monday 10 June, 2013

North and South Korea agree to 'constructive' high-level meeting

The agreement comes after intense talks aimed at rebuilding trust after months of tension and threats of nuclear war.

# tensions - Sunday 9 June, 2013

Rival Koreas hold first talks in two years

The talks were to set up a high-level meeting in Seoul after months of tensions.