After the North backtracked on its promise to investigate within months the fate of Japanese abducted decades ago, an apparently impatient China said it would host a meeting next week between the two countries.
Egypt has seen a ten-fold increase in illegal boat crossings as migrants avoid Libya and other transit points to Europe. Cyprus said Thursday it had received a distress signal from a fishing boat carrying hundreds of Syrians off its coast.
Warplanes and drones from the US and two Gulf Arab allies pounded militant sites in Syria, seeking to degrade oil refining and smuggling operations. Islamic State is estimated to control oil refineries generating steady income.
In remarks at the New American think tank, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani urged the US to move beyond fears that his country is developing nuclear arms. He said the two countries should focus on the fight against the Islamic State.
Three suspected jihadis walked freely into France, even though the authorities were warned of their arrival. With IS-linked militants killing a French national in Algeria today, the failure of France's security policies looms large.
The ruling capped a lengthy legal odyssey for the 53-year-old cleric who has been described as a onetime lieutenant to Osama bin Laden, but in recent months emerged as a harsh critic of the Islamic State militant group.
India brought its spacecraft Mangalyaan into Mars' orbit today, the first Asian nation to do so. Its mission cost less than the budget for "Gravity," a 2013 Hollywood blockbuster, thanks in part to a lighter craft that kept down fuel costs.
Brazilians go to the polls Oct. 5 to elect their next president, and no candidate is safe. From political corruption to lagging public services, voters may not cast their ballots with salient topics – like the faltering economy – in mind.
Further airstrikes overnight were reported in northern Syria. President Obama will chair a UN Security Council meeting Wednesday to propose new resolution to curb foreign volunteers aiding Islamic State.