Taiwan's premier announced his resignation yesterday after a candidate backed by the pro-independence opposition party was elected as the next mayor of Taipei, ending the ruling Kuomintang's 16-year hold on the capital.
POPE Francis has called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism and said fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, was key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out "grave persecutions" in Syria and Iraq.
BURKINA Faso's interim prime minister has pledged to open inquiries into the deaths of a revered former president and an investigative journalist - key demands of protesters who swept veteran ruler Blaise Compaore from power last month.
MORE than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, have arrived on the Greek island of Crete following a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe.
THE European Commission's new president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has comfortably survived a no-confidence vote brought over news that Luxembourg had lured multinational businesses with super-low tax rates during his period as prime minister.
Hong Kong police have cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control.
Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several US cities.
European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.
British precious stones miner Gemfields Plc claims it had found a 40.23-carat rough ruby at its Montepuez deposit in Mozambique - and it has termed the find as "one of the most important rubies unearthed in recent times".