A top NATO commander warned May 27 that "continual attacks" against Ukraine were impeding Kyiv's efforts to modernize its army enough to one day join the Western military alliance.
Pakistani investigators on May 27 arrested the head of a firm accused of running a global fake degree company and conducted fresh raids at the firm's Karachi headquarters, where they said they discovered thousands of blank diplomas.
Swiss authorities say they have opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the award of rights to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
France's right-wing party leader Marine Le Pen blamed the United States on May 26 for influencing France to impose sanctions on Russia, in a move which led to Russia's cancellation of the coveted Mistral contract.
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran May 26 on charges of spying, in a case U.S. authorities are calling "absurd."
Iraqi forces took up positions around the capital of the majority-Sunni province of Anbar on May 27, seizing two districts after clashes with Islamic State (IS) fighters.
A "high-level" operative of Al-Qaeda who fought against U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded guilty on May 26 to conspiring to kill Americans overseas.
An all-night gunbattle with insurgents who stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul ended at daybreak May 27 with four attackers dead, an Afghan government minister said.
Heavy gunfire and a series of explosions have rocked the center of Afghanistan's capital overnight.
Russia's consul in Kyiv has visited two suspected Russian soldiers who were captured in eastern Ukraine.
Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti has said the country's 4 million citizens would prefer to join the European Union rather than stay in the Russian orbit.
U.S. President Barack Obama has criticized Russia's "increasingly aggressive" stance on Ukraine, where fighting between pro-government forces and separatists has killed more than 6,100 people since April 2014.