THE FRENCH army have confirmed its special forces killed a prominent commander with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group's north African branch, during an operation in the northern Mali region of Kidal.
Fourteen detained student activists have gone before a military court in Thailand in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly.
The South Carolina senate has voted to remove the Confederate flag from a pole on the statehouse grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state's house of representatives and the governor.
Yemen's exiled government has said it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as the capital Sanaa came under renewed air strikes.
Latin America's first pope has stressed the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society on his return to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time.
US presidential candidate Jeb Bush has said he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's remarks about Mexico and immigrants, describing them as "ugly" and far outside the mainstream of Republican thought.
The UN nuclear watchdog could issue a report on its investigation into past Iranian research suspected of being linked to nuclear weapons development by the end of the year if Tehran cooperates, the agency's chief said yesterday.
Millions of Americans yesterday took part in Independence Day parades and attended firework shows amid worries over possible security threats, a spike in shark attacks on East Coast beaches and the danger of wildfires in the West.
Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday tomorrow, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy.
Afghanistan's parliament rejected a second nominee for defence minister yesterday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul.
Two Czech tourists were shot on an Albanian mountain road on Friday, and the killers rolled their car down a ravine to portray the deaths as an accident, police and eyewitness reports confirmed yesterday.