Court orders Russia to pay over $50 billion
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ordered Moscow to pay $51.57 billion in damages to shareholders in the defunct oil giant Yukos, formerly controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Russia will have 180 days, until January 15 2015, to start paying.
Fighting in Ukraine complicates investigations
Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed complicated an investigation. International monitors said they had abandoned plans to visit the crash site due to fears it was not safe, even though Malaysia said earlier rebels had agreed to provide access.
Fighting in Gaza abates
Fighting subsided in Gaza after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce. Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, expected to start in the next couple of days.
EU targets top Russian officials in new sanctions
The European Union on Saturday added 15 Russians and Ukrainians and 18 organisations to its sanctions list over the crisis in Ukraine. In the EU's latest sanctions list were Russia's FSB director and a former prime minister who now heads the foreign intelligence service.
Russia transfer of rocket system to Ukraine imminent
- We have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple-launch rocket systems in the very near future - said a Pentagon spokesman, adding that the weapons were in the over-200 mm range.