The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances will probe Mexico for the first time, as the country grapples with a crisis over 43 students missing and feared dead. The panel will hold talks with Mexico on February 2-3 in Geneva, a UN statement said.
Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 to be an "accident" and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but is likely to hit distraught relatives hard.
It was a tearful goodbye to a brave heart. Colonel Munindra Nath Rai, who was killed battling terrorists in South Kashmir on Tuesday, just a day after he was awarded a gallantry award, was the highest ranked officer to be killed in fighting in the region in months.
Greece's radical new government is to hold its first talks with a foreign dignitary on Thursday, hosting the head of the European parliament a day after announcing moves to roll back austerity measures.
The United States would welcome a move by Japan to extend air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels pushing Beijing's territorial claims in the region, a senior U.S. Navy officer told Reuters.
Israel said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border.
President Barack Obama plans to ask for an increase in military spending in a proposed budget for 2016, with a request for $585 billion that would exceed funding caps mandated by Congress, officials said Wednesday.