ISRAEL has reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.
UKRAINIAN Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking after a gas agreement with Russia was hammered out, says Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for "blackmailing".
SPAIN will seek to block in the courts a watered-down version of a Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9 in the same way it stopped a non-binding referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria has said.
ISRAELI police have shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hardline Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that threatened to further inflame the city's already high tensions.
THE Spanish state adviser has backed a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for November 9, making it likely the government will try to have the "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts.
CANADIAN lawmakers have struck a defiant tone as they held their first meetings since a gunman charged into the Parliament building after shooting dead a soldier in an attack that raised questions about the nation's low-key approach to security.
FORENSIC experts have combed a gully in southern Mexico for the remains of 43 missing students, as frustration mounted among relatives over the lack of answers more than a month into the investigation.