Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.
Flags across France will fly at half-mast for three days as the country mourns the loss of 54 French nationals that were killed in the Air Algerie crash earlier this week. President Hollande also said he would arrange for families of the victims to visit the crash site.
Britain's Foreign Office said Russia had issued contradictory claims about the downing of MH17 and it was 'highly likely' the Malaysian airliner was brought down by a Russian-supplied missile. Ten Brits were killed in the crash.
UN investigators found the second flight data recorder at the Air Algerie crash site in Mali Saturday. The second black box may help to determine what happened to the plane which had encountered bad weather on Thursday.
On Saturday, diplomats from the US embassy in Libya were evacuated to Tunisia under US military escort as fighting between rival militias grew close to the embassy. The State Department also issued travel warnings for Libya.
On Friday, the EU reach an agreement to impose its first economic sanctions on Russia. Russia reacted angrily, saying it meant scaling down cooperation on issues like terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and organized crime.