Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he hoped next week to secure the release of five captives, including an army general, held by Marxist FARC rebels, a move that will allow stalled peace talks to continue.
Pope Francis is expected to take Europe to task over racial and religious intolerance during a visit to the European parliament Tuesday, as the crisis-hit continent battles with growing populism and the spectre of radicalisation.
US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting on Saturday, offering no indication that the US and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Poland's electoral commission finally published last weekend's local election results overnight Saturday, after computer glitches had stopped the vote count and called the balloting process into question.
When China's leader, Xi Jinping, visited the Australian state of Tasmania last week, he was greeted by a front page of the local newspaper written in Mandarin. He ate the island's salmon, which will soon be available in China, and met a rare beast known as the Tasmanian devil.