The embattled Iraqi prime minister shows no willingness to step aside for a new unity government, which the US insists is crucial to reduce tensions and resist Islamic State militants.
At a UN Security Council meeting, Russia raised concerns over displacement in eastern Ukraine and called for greater aid to civilians. Critics say Russia is cloaking its true intentions in a conflict that it helped seed.
China's state news agency reported that a gang attacked a police station and government offices in the troubled northwest region. China has fingered Xinjiang separatists for several serious attacks in recent months.
John Kerry's unannounced visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank today comes as the PA's Abbas voices support for Hamas's condition of ending Gaza economic blockade.
Rival militias are battling for control of Libya's international airport, which is closed after rocket fire destroyed most of the planes on the ground.
Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, who lost the last election to President Hamid Karzai, wants a comprehensive audit of last month's runoff election ballots.
President Petro Poroshenko defended his decision to resume military action, saying it was crucial to defend Ukraine's territorial integrity after a 10-day cease-fire failed to quell violence.
The prime minister said a unity government, which the US has urged to reduce Sunni support for the insurgency in Iraq, would be a 'coup against the constitution.'
Ukraine's new president is promoting a peace plan to end the rebellion in the Russia-leaning east, but fresh fighting underscores the challenge to making it stick.
Israeli forces have detained more than 200 Palestinians, mostly Hamas activists, in their biggest crackdown on the militant group in years. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnappings last week.
Pakistani officials repelled a bloody assault on Karachi's international airport that left at least 28 dead. The Taliban have claimed responsibility and said it was revenge for a US drone strike.
The Taliban released a propaganda clip of the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Some hope the exchange can create an opening for peace.