Baltic leaders said on Saturday they would back further sanctions against Russia at a European Union summit next week unless there was a de-escalation in eastern Ukraine where Kiev is trying to quell a pro-Russian insurgency.
The battle for control of Iraq's biggest refinery continued on Thursday. Iraqi troops loyal to the Shiite-led government held off ISIL insurgents who had stormed the perimeter of the Baiji refinery a day earlier, threatening national energy supplies.
Representatives of the student opposition want the UN to visit Venezuela to investigate student protester deaths and possible human rights violations. In addition, Cuban activists discussed jailed dissidents with the UN.