Published 27/02/2014 | 11:28
The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbour. Captain Francesco Schettino returns to Giglio island for the first time since the shipwreck of his cruise liner in 2012 in which 32 people died. The captain is expected to tour the wreck on Thursday as part of his ongoing trial. Reuters
Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede as a flag of Crimea is seen during clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol. Thousands of pro-Russia separatists tussled with supporters of Ukraine's new leaders in Crimea on Wednesday as tempers boiled over the future of the region following the upheaval that swept away President Viktor Yanukovich. One person died, apparently of a heart attack, and two others were trampled and injured when people stumbled and fell to the ground in the crush, witnesses said. Reuters
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters during a rally with farmers in Caracas. Pope Francis called on Wednesday for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation's worst unrest for a decade. Reuters
A Free Syrian Army fighter runs to take cover after launching a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's northwestern Latakia province. Reuters
Models present creations by designer Gareth Pugh as part of his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week. Reuters
A man somersaults off a sculpture on the beach in front of the old West Pier in Brighton. Reuters
A woman walks through the blowing snow in the downtown area of New York. Reuters
Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators as they try to march to the Turkish Parliament during a protest against Turkey's ruling Ak Party (AKP) government in Ankara. The protest came after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused political enemies of faking a recording of a phone conversation suggesting he had warned his son to hide large sums of money as the graft inquiry erupted. Reuters
Luo Jinsha drives his self-made aircraft during a test flight on the outskirts of Shanghai. Luo, 28, a migrant worker living in Shanghai, spent around eight months and 40,000 yuan ($6,529) to build the plane to fulfil his dream to fly. Despite failing during the first test flight, Luo said he will not give up hope on improving his plane so as to eventually fly it successfully. The aircraft was able to move quickly on the ground but could not take to the air on second attempt. Reuters
Thai police commandos take part in an anti-terrorism drill at the Crime Suppression Department headquarters in Bangkok. 89 commandos took part in the four-month anti-terrorism exercise. Reuters
We've rounded up the biggest Twitter trends of the day and the stories behind them for a quick and easy cheat sheet to today's trending news.
The Ukraine is trending due to ongoing conflict. Read more about the latest developments by click on the links below.
Fugitive President seeks Russia 'protection' In pics: Inside Ukraine President's abandoned mansion
Armed men seize government HQ, raise Russian flag in Ukraine's Crimea
Irish Biz Party is a weekly 'tweet-up' where Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) tweet about what they offer under the hashtag #IrishBizParty. Organised by @TweetingGoddess, each week a winner of the participants is selected as the #Starbiz. The winner is a business that has something to offer, is Irish and has particpated in #IrishBizParty. They win vouchers, offered up by other tweeting businesses and a feature in the Independent.ie Business section. (Follow @IndoBusiness for more.)
This week's #StarBiz winner was 'Fertility Therapy and Mindfulness.'
This week's #StarBiz feature:
From widwifery to hypnotherapy: the SME that promises effective results
More on #IrishBizParty:
From Dragon's Den to @Irishbizparty - the online SME advice centre
This hashtag is for the Kid's Choice Awards, an annual Nickelodeon award event. One Direction fans have succeeded in getting the term to trend as they attempt to vote for their favourite boyband in the audience choice section. Their biggest contender in terms of Twitter votes is Ariana Grande.
#operationtransformation Show transformed bride-to-be from size 20 to 14 for wedding
Chelsea, Moyes, Torres
These three are trending due to United's recent controversial performance.
Moyes got one thing right – this is his mess John Giles: David Moyes needs time, but Robin Van Persie is a prat
For more of today's trending stories, head to our trending section by clicking