Syria's governement says a presidential election will take place on June 3, but Western leaders say the vote is a "parody of democracy".
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe will boycott this week's EU-Africa summit after his wife was denied a visa to enter Europe, says a foreign ministry official.
The US and EU have imposed sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, on a small group of officials from Russia and Ukraine.
A referendum result shows that 96.77% of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region have voted to join Russia, according to a government commission.
EU leaders have frozen assets belonging to deposed Ukraine leaders, and have warned Russia of sanctions if they do not pull troops out of Crimea.
The US and Russia have stepped up diplomatic efforts to defuse the Ukraine crisis amid heightened tensions in Crimea.
If the situation in Ukraine has not been addressed appropriately, EU leaders say the organisation might place resctrictions on Russia.
SA has met international conditions to recover its foot-and-mouth disease-free status, paving the way for meat export bans to be lifted.
The European Union has suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe's military and political figures but have kept them on Robert Mugabe and his wife.
Is the EU's pause in investment treaty negotiations with the US a case of double standards or a shift in protection policy, asks Xavier Carim.
European Union sources say the organisation plans to ease sanctions on Zimbabwe, however it will maintain its restrictions imposed on Robert Mugabe.
Deadly protests over free travel in Kiev that could spark civil war in Ukraine seem to be the result of a greater Russian geopolitical interest.
Resentment is growing over German chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership and fiscal austerity measures.
"I do not want to visit France for romantic purposes. I want to develop relations between us," says Robert Mugabe about the EU's Zimbabwe sanctions.
The EU's Jose Manuel Barroso has pledged to rebuild Italian refugee centres after the migrant shipwreck on Italy's shores that claimed 302 people.
Angela Merkelâ€™s triumph in winning a third term with such an improbably high margin sets her and Germany apart in Europe.
Plans underway by Angela Merkel's Chancellory could see the power to deal with struggling banks move from national to European level.
Egypt's hardline military leader has warned against further protests in the country as the EU prepares to hold talks on the crisis.
Boycotting Jewish settlements is a stark reminder that Europe is tiring of the stalled 'peace process'.
The US and the European Union start talks to create the world's largest free-trade agreement, amid diplomatic tensions over recent spying revelations.