Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa Saturday, after the country's military seized and disarmed two police station in the tiny landlocked country. Tensions in Lesotho have been high since June and the coalition government has been fragile.
On Saturday, al-Qaida-linked Syrian militants surrounded several UN peacekeeper encampments in the Golan Heights. Some Filipino peacekeepers have escaped or been evacuated, but 44 were captured by rebel groups Wednesday.
The European Union is expected to levy new sanctions against Russia, amid allegations from Kiev and the West that Russia is increasing support for eastern Ukrainian rebels by sending tanks and Russian troops into Ukraine.
A State Department spokeswoman said Wednesday, Russian forces as well as rocket launchers and armored vehicles are being sent into Eastern Ukraine, in a Russian-directed counteroffensive against the Ukrainian military.
While neither side got the concessions it was seeking, Israel and Hamas agreed to an ambiguous open-ended truce Tuesday. On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a national address aimed at countering critics of the war.
Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling clashed in a final debate on questions from defense to the sustainability of an economy dependent on revenues from North Sea oil, but the heart of the 90-minute exchange centered on what currency an independent Scotland would use.