Russia designated Sochi and the annexed Crimean peninsula as gambling areas on Wednesday (July 23), in a bid to boost their development with casino revenues. Casinos will be legal in some areas of the former Olympic park in Sochi, and local authorities can designate their own casino zones in Crimea.
An airline ground crew member who checked passengers in for doomed flight MH17 has made an emotional post on Facebook, recalling sending off holidaymakers, children and grandparents with wishes for "a pleasant flight".
Washington's top diplomat flew into Tel Aviv Wednesday, defying a US flight ban, to try to broker an end to violence in Gaza, which has killed hundreds and hobbled Israel's main airport.
Ukraine on Wednesday (July 23) said it will impose sanctions on Russian individuals and companies who support “terrorists”.
Italy's doomed cruise ship Costa Concordia left its wreckage site Wednesday in one of the largest-ever maritime salvage operations, two and a half years after the disaster left 32 people dead.
The black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all on board, arrived at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Britain for expert analysis, the government said Wednesday (July 23).
The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombre ceremony, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
The Netherlands and other countries that lost citizens in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are proposing sending police officers to secure the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine, authorities in Kiev said.
Russia announced Wednesday (July 23) that it had begun expanding and modernising its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines.
The US Supreme Court gave the greenlight to Arizona to execute a murderer on Wednesday after he voiced concerns about secrecy surrounding the lethal injection process.