Russian Navy: Putin said the plan should not be seen as saber rattling, but it comes as Moscow is serving as a key ally and arms supplier to Syrian President Bashar Assad during that nation's civil war.
Happy prostitute ads online were intended to encourage Brazilian sex workers to seek treatment for AIDs as part of International Prostitute Day. But criticism over the 'Happy prostitute' ads may be indicative of the growing clout of evangelical Christians in Brazil.
Pope: Wasting food is like 'stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.' Pope Francis decried the 'culture of waste' created by consumerism. Larger servings in the US mean nine percent of meals are thrown away, says UN report.
The Syrian regime could not have taken control of Qusair without help from Iranian-back Hezbollah, said a White House spokesman on Wednesday. Following the fighting, the U.S. urged Syria to allow international groups to evacuate the wounded.
Steven Seagal helped set up key meetings between Russian officials and US congressmen in Moscow investigating the Boston Marathon bombing. Steven Seagal, a movie actor, also traveled to Chechnya with members of Congress.
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court ruled Sunday that the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, is technically illegal due to election law flaws, but the council will be allowed to continue as it is until the next election.
Syrian rebels say they will continue to carry out attacks inside Lebanon in response to Hezbollah guerrillas' support for the Assad regime's assault on strategic border town Qusair. Some Lebanese Sunni Muslims have joined the Syrian rebels.
Fanned by the war in Syria, a surge in sectarian attacks made May the bloodiest month in Iraq in nearly five years. While the violence is not near what it had been at its peak in 2006 and 2007, some residents are worried.
Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn in Saturday along with other lawmakers in a peaceful, democratic transfer of power. Sharif must lead a country that struggles with energy shortages, an ailing economy, and ongoing militant activity.
Russia, where nearly 40 percent smoke, is enacting new anti-smoking laws in an effort to combat population decline and low life expectancy. New measures ban smoking in some public places, and by June 2014 it will be banned in restaurants and hotels.
On Saturday afternoon gunmen opened fire on a prison at the center of Niamey, Niger's capital. It's unclear who was behind the attacks, though this week Al Qaeda fighters attacked a French uranium mine in Niger.
Police used tear gas and water against protesters in a second day of anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul Saturday. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the protesters are in the minority and are raising tensions.
On Saturday, the UN warned all sides they would be held accountable for the suffering of civilians in Qusair. Syrian troops and the rebels have been fighting for weeks to control supply routes from Lebanon through the a strategic border town.