THE Israeli PM's claim that his country won a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with scepticism from many of his people, according to a poll.
UKRAINE has accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war in the east of the country.
AIR strikes against Libyan Islamist militants that US officials had said were staged by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates could mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world.
INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008, when she was finance minister.
HEAVY flooding across Bangladesh has forced thousands of people from their homes and caused severe damage to crops, with officials warning the situation could worsen as floodwaters continue to pour into the capital, Dhaka.
FRENCH President Francois Hollande has fine-tuned his third government team in two years as he sought to reconcile pro-growth measures with deficit-reduction after ousting rebel ministers opposed to budgetary rigour.
ONE of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has threatened to pull out of a UN-supervised audit of a disputed presidential election, undermining a process meant to defuse a standoff between the contenders.