Hours after NATO's top commander reported new columns of Russian troops and tanks were entering eastern Ukraine, the UN Security Council met for an emergency session. While the council has met repeatedly on Ukraine this year, no action has been taken.
In Iraq, the new prime minister removed 36 officers from command in his first major military shakeup, and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the US-led air campaign has killed more than 860 people.
Between 2004 and 2013, the Vatican defrocked about 850 priests over sexual abuse of minors. Many of those priests filed appeals, which will now be handled by a new commission, freeing the original office to keep moving forward with new cases.
As world leaders have been preparing for Tuesday's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit outside Beijing, Chinese authorities have been working hard to scrub away the rough edges of nearby villages – even banning the use of wood fires to warm homes.
Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Iranian foreign minister on Sunday; while discussions were not originally planned to last until Monday, signs are that the two sides will keep at it in advance of a November 24 deadline.