The World Summit of Nobel Peace laureates, scheduled for this month in South Africa, has been cancelled and shifted out of the country, owing to the denial of a travel visa to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday Turkey would fight against Islamic State and other "terrorist" groups in the region but said it would stick to its aim of seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad removed from power.
European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday not to impose new trade measures against Kiev, saying it would threaten an agreement with Russia to delay a landmark EU-Ukraine pact.
Islamic State beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, a human rights monitoring group said on Wednesday, part of what it described as a campaign to frighten residents resisting the militant group's advance.
Myanmar's central bank on Wednesday announced that it had granted "preliminary approval" for nine foreign lenders to operate in the country for the first time in decades, the latest tentative opening of the long-isolated economy.