PROSPECTS for peace in eastern Ukraine are bleak, underscoring the need to uphold a shaky ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, a senior official from the OSCE security watchdog has warned.
THE world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity has moved forward at the UN, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests.
ISRAELI forces have demolished the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack, just hours after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict measures to deal with increased violence in the area.
IRAN has vowed to resist Western pressure to make what it regards as excessive concessions over its nuclear programme, highlighting obstacles that could prevent an historic deal being reached by a November 24 deadline.
AUTHORITIES in Burkina Faso have named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president in a key step towards returning the west African country to democracy in the wake of a brief military takeover.
WHEN former prime minister Sir John Major went to Berlin last week to warn there was a 50-50 chance the UK would leave the European Union, he was not scaremongering but simply telling his German hosts the truth as he sees it.