Sarajevo yesterday marked 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the event which lit the fuse for the First World War, with a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra offering a message of unity to a divided country and a continent tested by social and economic strife.
One of the largest crowds ever recorded in Singapore for a civil gathering turned out yesterday at a gay rights rally, against a backdrop of noisy opposition from religious groups in the run-up to the event.
WEST African nations neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic - Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guinea Bissau - should prepare for the possible arrival of travellers carrying the deadly virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.
THE EU has signed an historic free-trade pact with Ukraine and warned it could impose more sanctions on Moscow unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.
MILITANTS have seized a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields, another gain by Sunni insurgents who have swiftly taken large areas to the north and west of the Iraqi capital.
WESTERN powers have warned Russia they could impose new sanctions if it did not do more to defuse the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where a ceasefire between Russian-speaking rebels and government forces appeared to be crumbling.
AS parents of the dead wept, more than 70 teenagers who survived a ferry sinking in South Korea that killed hundreds of their schoolmates went back to school for the first time since the April disaster.
A SPANISH court has upheld corruption charges against Cristina de Borbon, sister of newly crowned King Felipe VI, and her husband in one of the last steps before a trial that could cloud the monarchy's bid to rebuild its reputation.
Nigerian security forces are investigating a possible mass kidnapping of villagers in the northeast state of Borno where Boko Haram Islamist militants abducted more than 200 schoolgirls two months ago, a security source said yesterday.
At least 22 people have been killed in two days of clashes in Central African Republic, witnesses said yesterday as foreign troops struggle to curb cycles of violence between Muslim and Christian communities.
President Vladimir Putin asked Russia's upper house yesterday to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there, the Kremlin said in a statement.