The EU announced it has introduced asset freezes on several top Russian officials. The list includes the head of Russia's FSB security service, Aleksandr Bortnikov, and foreign intelligence service chief Mikhail Fradkov. The latest round of sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis was revealed on Thursday and consists of 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies, according to the EU's Official Journal.
The US has urged Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions after China reportedly tested a missile designed to destroy satellites. According to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, the "non-destructive" test took place on Wednesday. Harf said that previous tests in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space. China's state-run Xinhua news agency did report a successful missile interception test conducted, but did not refer to it as an anti-satellite system.
French police have banned a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive that was scheduled to take place in Paris on Saturday. The ban comes after clashes took place at pro-Palestinian demonstrations earlier this month, in which some protesters shouted anti-Semitic slogans and fought with police. Previous rallies had been banned but went ahead anyway. The most recent protest against the Israeli operation in Gaza attracted about 14,500 people, while organizers put the figure at 25,000.