HOLLYWOOD star Angelina Jolie has broken off from her working honeymoon in Malta to meet rescuers who come to the aid of migrants trying to make their way to Europe - after 700 people were feared drowned in the last few days.
SWEDISH Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven faces a tough task building a new government after an election left the centre-left short of a majority in parliament and handed the balance of power to a party that wants to slash immigration.
ONE of Egypt's most prominent activists, Alaa Abdel Fattah, has been released on bail ahead of his re-trial on charges of violating a protest law, triggering celebrations by dozens of supporters in the court room.
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked ten senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government's fight against an Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,100 Liberians.
There were so many flaws in President Barack Obama's midweek announcement about the US military response to the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) that it is easy to understand his earlier hesitation in divulging his new policy.
Air France will reduce flights by about 50% from tomorrow as pilots begin a one-week strike over company plans to cut costs to recapture market share from budget airlines, its chief executive said on Friday.