US President Barack Obama has set out his vision for the next four years after renewing his oath of office in Washington. He promised to fight for the rights of gay people and immigrants and said he would tackle debt.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has been sworn in for his third term, as the country's civil war continues. Those who oppose his rule denounced his re-election last month as a farce.
Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, has taken the oath of office in parliament in Kyiv. He faces the huge challenge of uniting a country teetering on the brink of civil war.
Ukraine's president-elect, Petro Poroshenko, is set to be sworn into office amid ongoing hostilities in the country's east. His inauguration could pave the way for direct talks with Moscow aimed at ending the crisis.
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the mass abduction of school girls by Nigerian Boko Haram extremists. A growing world-wide clamor for the girls' release has been joined by US First Lady Michelle Obama.
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