Russian officials say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is crucial to fighting the Islamic State, while President Obama has called on the embattled leader to step aside.
Nigeria's new president, who met in late July with President Obama, has stepped up efforts to rescue hostages taken by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Hong Kong annually marks the 1989 crackdown on Chinese protesters in Beijing and across China with a large outpouring of solidarity. Leaders of last year's 'Umbrella Movement' have a different take.
In a letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 187 scholars say Japan's wartime history has become 'distorted by nationalist invective' at a time of growing regional tensions.
Six days after the massive earthquake that struck Nepal a teenager was rescued. The death toll is now at nearly 5,500. Search and rescue teams continued to dig through the rubble for survivors.
Secretary Ashton Carter is discussing new military agreements with Japan and South Korea this week on his first trip to the region. North Korea fired missiles into the sea as he arrived.
A dispute over possible deployment has brought sharp words between Seoul and Beijing. Foreign ministers of S. Korea, China, and Japan will meet for the first time in three years Saturday amid tensions over security, territory, and wartime history.
North Korea's state media praised the knife attack and said it showed anti-US sentiment in South Korea. Ambassador Mark Lippert is recovering after surgery on his face and hand.
The law requires imams to preach in German, closes mosques of fewer than 300 people, and bars foreign funding of Muslim organizations. The government says it will give Islam an 'Austrian character,' but many say it is anti-Islam.
A newly forged cease-fire all but collapsed as government troops withdrew from the transit hub of Debaltseve in what appears to be another implicit victory for Russia's Vladimir Putin.
The French and German leaders will then proceed to Moscow. NATO has also announced a 'spearhead' force that will deploy in the Baltics as a deterrent to what many in Europe see as growing Russian assertiveness.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, said the West was 'dragging' Russia into confrontation.
Donetsk has seen a surge in fighting, both in the city and around its nearby airport, amid Western accusations that Russia has begun sending troops into Ukraine again.