THE number of cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said as it reported the toll in four countries including Nigeria.
IRAQI forces have launched a fresh offensive to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the militants warned they would attack Americans "in any place".
three Russians detained during a protest against President Vladimir Putin were sentenced to prison terms yesterday after a trial critics say is part of a Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent while all eyes are on the Ukraine crisis.
Missouri National Guard troops have been deployed to the St Louis suburb of Ferguson to try to restore calm to an area that has experienced rioting and protests since the August 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
POPE Francis has backed the use of force to stop Islamic extremists in Iraq from killing religious minorities, including Christians, as David Cameron made clear Britain would not get drawn into another bloody war in the crisis-hit country.
Kurdish militants have trained hundreds of Yazidi volunteers at several camps inside Syria to fight Islamic State forces in Iraq, a member of the armed Kurdish YPG group and a Reuters photographer who visited a training camp has said.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Pakistan's capital Islamabad in the pouring rain following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric.
Pope Francis yesterday celebrated a huge open-air mass in Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have-nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to "the cry of the poor" among them.
The Brazilian Socialist Party is likely to announce environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate this week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, three leading local newspapers reported yesterday.
Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the border yesterday, as a separatist leader in eastern Ukraine claimed his forces include 1200 fighters who underwent military training in Russia.
Germany's foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine said yesterday, potentially embarrassing Berlin, which has itself reprimanded Washington for its surveillance.
The Taliban has executed five people in an opium market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province and left their bodies hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman, officials said.
Racially charged protests flared overnight on Friday into yesterday in Ferguson, Missouri, in an eruption of fresh anger over the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.