Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday's presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year.
Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.
Conservative opposition challenger Andrzej Duda on Sunday won Poland's presidential run-off, exit polls showed, trumping incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski on promises of generous social spending.
The Islamic State group has executed at least 217 people, including civilians, in the nine days since it captured areas in Syria's Homs province including the ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor said Sunday.
John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose decades long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a 2001 film, both titled "A Beautiful Mind," was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.