The EU's Jean-Claude Juncker won parliamentary approval Wednesday for his new team of commissioners, allowing them to start work next month on reviving the economy and tackling challenges on the continent's borders.
Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA late on Tuesday.
A Saudi court has sentenced 13 suspected members of an al Qaeda cell - 11 Saudis, a Qatari and an Afghan citizen - to up to 30 years in prison for plotting to attack US soldiers in Qatar and Kuwait, the state news agency SPA reported.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will travel to China this month, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, marking what will be the leader's first foreign trip since being sworn in September after a protracted election stalemate.
Kurdish fighters defending Syria's border town of Kobane held out against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, anxious for relief as Iraq's Kurdish parliament was set to vote on sending reinforcements.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration "repeated requests" of U.S. President Barack Obama, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday.