Jerusalem's municipal council has approved the expansion of 2,000 homes in the settlement district of Ramat Shlomo.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says its president was due in Damascus to press Syrian leaders to allow access to all people affected by the country's festering violence.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that the State Department, in tandem with other countries, has been conducting preliminary "outreach" talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Greece's prime minister has confirmed that his country is now in talks over a second bailout package "roughly equal" to the first $157 billion rescue it accepted a year ago.
Pakistani officials say an army offensive has killed 25 militants and left four soldiers dead in the Mohmand tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
The vote, currently set for September, is seen as key to Egypt's political stability after a mass protest movement overthrew then-President Hosni Mubarak in February.
Afghan officials say at least two civilians were killed when a foreign military convoy carrying German soldiers was attacked in the country's north.
Prominent Soviet-era Russian dissident Yelena Bonner passed away on June 18 at the age of 88. Following a memorial service in the United States, Bonner will be buried alongside her husband and parents in Moscow's Vostryakovskoye Cemetery.
An Iranian dissident leader has called on the United Nations to protect her group's Iraqi base after an attack by Iraqi security forces.
Government officials in Tripoli have taken journalists to a site in the Libyan capital allegedly bombed by NATO warplanes.
The Syrian army has reportedly entered a village bordering Turkey, where some 10,000 Syrians have sought refuge from a government crackdown on antiregime protests.
Gay pride rallies were being held in several Balkan capitals on June 18, with hundreds of police on duty to protect the marchers following calls by extremist groups to stop the marches.