NATO's top military commander has called the truce between Ukraine's military and pro-Russia separatists a 'ceasefire in name only'. US General Philip Breedlove said Russian forces were still operating inside Ukraine.
The UK government has pledged £12m (15 million Euros) in a bid to control the growing number of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the English Channel from Calais to Britain.
Nearly six months after Afghans cast their ballots for the succesor to Hamid Karzai, a winner has yet to be announced. Western leaders hope a unity government can keep the country from falling back into civil war.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has lauded his organization as exemplary in the field of ethics, even as FIFA faces an international corruption probe. His comments quickly met with social media ridicule.
Despite preparations for the newly-agreed 'buffer area,' Russia appears to be straining new peace plans after sending a third convoy to the Ukraine border. Explosions continue to be heard around rebel-held Donetsk.
This year's Oktoberfest is officially underway. Munich's Mayor Dieter Reiter opened the two-week beer festival with the traditional cry of "O'zapft is!"
Opposition leader David Cunliffe has conceded defeat in New Zealand's elections, acknowledging that current Prime Minister John Key has won a third term in office. Key's center-right National Party won by a large margin.
A top representative of Germany's arms industry says production may have to be moved abroad in the face of dwindling domestic sales and export restrictions. Thousands of jobs could be at risk.
Belgian authorities have reportedly foiled attacks by jihadist fighters returning home from Syria and by sympathizers of the "Islamic State." Several arrests have been made, according to a Belgian newspaper.
Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have taken refuge in Turkey as they flee an advance by jihadist militants, the Turkish deputy PM says. The militants are said to have overrun dozens of Kurdish villages on the border.
G20 members remain confident to boost economic growth as finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of 20 leading economies meet in Cairns, Australia. They are also set to back a global tax avoidance plan.
Authorities in El Salvador have taken former President Francisco Flores into custody, where he is to await trial. The former leader stands accused of embezzling millions of dollars.
New Zealanders have been voting in a general election, with center-right Prime Minister John Key tipped for a narrow win. Polling has shown opposition parties could unite to form a government, but it would appear tricky.
The Turkish prime minister says 49 Turkish hostages kidnapped by jihadist militants in northern Iraq in June have been freed. The hostages included several children.
Eight Russian planes, including long-range bombers, were intercepted this week by US and Canadian pilots. Meanwhile, Sweden has made its displeasure known to the Russian government after similar incursions.
Participants at peace talks in Minsk have agreed to create a buffer zone to separate pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops. Negotiators also struck a deal on the withdrawal of foreign fighters.
In a request for "mutual respect and support" between Scots, Queen Elizabeth II has urged for unity in the UK in light of Scotland's vote against independence. She had previously declined to comment on the referendum.
Germany's top diplomat has called for Iran to be included in efforts to stem the "Islamic State" (IS). Frank-Walter Steinmeier said inclusion was the only way to combat the militants in Syria and Iraq.
Germany and France will send military transport planes to West Africa to help efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. Nearly 30,000 health workers have set out in Sierra Leone to assess the extent of the epidemic there.
Catalonia's regional parliament has passed a law authorizing a non-binding "consultation" on independence from Spain. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to block the vote at all costs.
Opponents of the EU-US free trade agreement are hoping to get their day in the European Court of Justice. Last week, the EU's executive body had rejected a citizens’ initiative to throw out the neoliberal pact.
Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond has resigned as leader of the SNP and as Scotland's First Minister after losing Thursday's historic independence referendum.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to French politics. According to a Facebook post, the ex-head of state is setting his sights on UMP party leadership in time for the 2017 presidential election.
A bomb attack has killed two Lebanese soldiers and wounded three near the Syrian border. In August, the area was the scene of a major battle between the Lebanese army and jihadists who had streamed across the border.
The Philippines has pulled out more than 240 UN peacekeepers from the Golan Heights two weeks earlier than planned. The Filipino troops have returned to Manila owing to fears over worsening security conditions.
Uganda's veteran president Yoweri Museveni has sacked the nation's Prime Minister, removing a former ally. Amama Mbabazi recently fell out with Museveni amid speculation that both might run for president in 2016.
Thousands of Kurds fleeing the "Islamic State" have crossed into Turkey. The militant group has seized Kurdish villages in northern Syria over the past two days.
Sierra Leone’s residents have been told to remain at home for the next three days as healthcare workers track the Ebola virus door-to-door. The directive goes against a UN plea for countries to lift travel restrictions.
Germany's Bundesrat upper house of parliament has endorsed asylum law changes. Former war-torn Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia have been declared safe, making it easier for German authorities to send back asylum-seekers.
London's Wembley Stadium will host the final and semifinals of the 2020 European Championships. One quarterfinal match and three group stage games will be played at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
European Union leaders have welcomed Scotland's rejection of a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. The decision has eased fears of growing separatist sentiment in the bloc.
Larry Ellison has stepped back from the CEO role at US software giant Oracle, but he isn't retiring. He retains two senior roles at the company he co-founded 37 years ago.
A day after pledging to help the Iraqi military, France has struck "Islamic State" targets in Iraq. Paris says it won't expand its aerial campaign to the ground, nor across the border into Syria.
Two thousand mosques in Germany have been urged by Muslim leaders to use their Friday rituals to protest against injustice and hate. Their campaign aims to counter shock-image beheadings by terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
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