Kurdish fighters' expulsion of Islamic State forces from the Syrian town of Kobani helped stop the momentum of the Islamist group but is not a significant turning point in the overall campaign, a senior US State Department official said on Tuesday.
Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras distanced himself on Tuesday from a threat by EU leaders to impose further sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, saying Athens was not consulted about the warning.
In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, US President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom on Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.
For what may be the last time, elderly Holocaust survivors returned to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp 70 years after its liberation on Tuesday, to urge the world never to forget one of history's worst atrocities.
A food crisis is unfolding in southern Iraq, where thousands of internally displaced refugees who have moved there from other parts of the country do not have enough to eat, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.
European Union leaders on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Russia over a bloody offensive by pro-Kremlin Ukrainian rebels, backing, the latest bid to pressure a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.
China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to "frighten Japan".
Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month.