Russian President Vladimir Putin warned just ahead of Tuesday's US air strikes in Syria that the offensive should not be carried out without the Syrian government's permission, in a phone call with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue.
North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, Chinese media reported on Tuesday, apparently the first such move in more than a year, risking further straining ties between North Korea and its only major ally.
The Palestinian delegation to Gaza ceasefire talks in Cairo decided to proceed with the negotiations on Tuesday, a senior Hamas leader said, despite Israel's killing of two Hamas militants in the occupied West Bank.
For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marks an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.
Outgoing Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech on Tuesday to take a parting shot at the United States, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends.
Nepal must scrap a 35-day time limit for reporting rapes that prevents survivors from seeking justice, The Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday in a report on wartime sexual violence in the Himalayan nation.