The eight peacekeepers, who were escorted into Israel by the IDF, are part of the same battalion as 21 UN troops who were captured by Syrian rebels on Wednesday.
As the public's patience with partisan politics wears thin, signs in Washington indicate possible movement toward bipartisan budget decision-making. The House passed a bill which would fund government programs through this fiscal year on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to pass a similar measure soon. Also on Wednesday, President Barack Obama invited Republican Senators to dinner.
The aggregate wealth of the world's billionaires is at an all-time high, and 210 new names, including 34 women, have joined the list.
Thousands in Bangladesh protested the death sentence handed to an Islamist political leader for crimes committed during the independence war. At least 40 were killed in the clashes.
Some 118 cardinals will commence a closed door gathering to select the next pope in the coming weeks.
Secretary of State John Kerry said that some groups the US doesn't support are gaining more influence with the rebels in the absence of greater Western help.