While the world searches for the plane or theorises about its disappearance, what about the effects on the desperate families and friends waiting for news – and even us?
The parliamentary alliance between the the centre-right and the centre-left means the increase in the number of eurosceptic MEPs will have a largely symbolic effect.
Would a free vote have gone in Russia’s favour anyway?
We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.
“What do I do if I'm ugly?”, and other questions.
There’s suddenly not much left of the independent media in Russia, even of what little of it there was left after Putin’s first two terms at the wheel.
To describe sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual violence as “women’s issues” side-lines and reduces them, neglects male victims and lets perpetrators off the hook. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
How can you cope when having your period puts your health at risk? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.
The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.
Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.
Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.
Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.
Denmark, Sweden and Finland had the highest rates of violence against women, despite the countries' reputation for promoting gender equality. Why?
Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.
Feruz Werede, Selam Kidane and Meron Estefanos are finding ways of challenging one of the most repressive states in Africa.
If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.
The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".
It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.
There are three groups Nigel Farage and Ukip must win over: the settlers, the prospectors and the pioneers. Can he do it?
Edwin S is an LGBT refugee from Uganda, now living in South London. Here, he describes how he left behind everything he knew and loved so he could live in freedom and safety.
The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.
After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.
The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach that creates the risk of economic divergence and renewed instability.
Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.
President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.
Ukraine finds itself in an impossible clinch, where it is alternately patronised (“those heroic Ukrainians!”) and refused serious help to counter Russia’s bailouts. With people dying on the streets as the violence intensifies, how much longer can this last?
Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.
The Chinese have always made the crossing: historically for trade, more recently for tourism. In May 2013, the North Korean city of Sinuiju opened up to westerners for the first time.
“I don’t hide behind the title ‘journalist’ any more,” says Tetiana Chornovol. “My investigative reporting is just one of the weapons I use in my battle against Yanukovych and his clan.”