Kiev to bar Russian journalists who visited Crimea from Eurovision despite valid accreditation

Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko, who is also an aide to the country’s interior minister, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that Russian journalists that “had breached the Ukrainian state border” would not be allowed into the country to cover the song competition, which kicks off on Sunday.

2nd round of presidential elections kicks off in France amid state of emergency

LIVE UPDATES: French voters choose between Le Pen & Macron in presidential run-off French authorities have introduced extra security measures for the poll. This time “more than 50,000 policemen, gendarmes will be deployed [across the country] on Sunday”, French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told AFP on Thursday.

Asia and Australia Edition: Syria, United Airlines, North Korea: Your Morning Briefing

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know:• The United States and Russia hardened their division on last week’s chemical attack in Syria. The White House accused Russia of engaging in a cover-up, while President Vladimir Putin compared American certainty that the Syrian government was responsible to flawed U.S.

White House Accuses Russia of Cover-Up in Syria Chemical Attack

WASHINGTON — The White House accused the Russian government on Tuesday of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack last week by Syrian forces that prompted American missile strikes, saying that United States intelligence and numerous contemporaneous reports confirmed that the Syrians used sarin gas on their own people.