U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, and said the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.
An Iranian general has called for more funds to confront the Islamic State militant group, whose influence is growing in neighboring countries.
The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan says the Islamic State extremist group is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan, but they are not yet operational.
An Iranian negotiator has announced that Tehran has agreed to give UN inspectors "managed access" to military facilities as part of a deal with world powers over its contentious nuclear program.
Iraqi government forces aided by Shi'ite militias and Sunni tribal fighters have retaken ground lost a week ago to Islamic State (IS) militants and are continuing to advance toward the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
Multiple Taliban attacks on police checkpoints in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province have left 10 police officers dead and 16 wounded.
Millions of Poles are heading to vote in a runoff presidential election that surveys show has no front-runner.
Iran's oil minister has said that OPEC is unlikely to cut oil output when the group of oil-exporting countries meets in June.
Heavy shelling in eastern Ukraine has halted production at a coke plant operated by Ukraine's largest steel company.
Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, narrowly beating Russia and Italy in the international talent show.
Russian officials announced that the government's first payment card will be called Mir (world).
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has joined media organizations in condemning an attack on a Macedonian journalist who has been critical of the government.