Parts of the memoir by ex-President Lee Myung-bak, provided to reporters in advance, reveal that senior intelligence officials from the two Koreas made secret visits to each other's countries to explore summit possibilities in 2010.
An audio recording in English made by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, seems to extend the deadline for Jordan's release of an al-Qaida-linked prisoner. Jordan had agreed to the prisoner swap with the Islamic State to free a Jordanian pilot being help by the militant group.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two. The trip would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking power, succeeding his father Kim Jong-il, in 2011.
Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be among other leaders Tuesday remembering when the Soviet army entered Auschwitz 70 years ago. Putin's absence comes amid a deep chill between Russia and the West over the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.