Syrian Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, dealt a strategic blow June 15 to the Islamic State, seizing a key border town that was one of the militants' main supply routes from Turkey.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula says its leader was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on June 15 that it hoped a reported U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would not go ahead.
Iran has launched its first official matchmaking website, with officials insisting it is not a dating service but rather an effort to encourage millions of singles to marry.
A monitoring group says Kurdish forces have seized almost full control of the Syrian border of Tal Abyad from the Islamic State (IS) group after forcing most of the militants to flee.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on June 15 called off a visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina after a member of Bosnia's presidency opposed his trip over the arrest of a former Bosnian Muslim commander for war crimes.
A new report says migrant workers in Europe sent $109.4 billion back to their home countries last year -- supporting an estimated 150 million people around the world.
The Pentagon says U.S. and coalition forces launched 16 air strikes targeting Islamic State (IS) militants in nine Iraqi cities on June 14.
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said June 15 that about 40 foreign suicide bombers enter Iraq each month, and called for countries in the region to curb the flow of foreign fighters.
Romania's president says he didn't know the prime minister would attend the European Games, which has been boycotted by most European Union leaders due to concerns about Azerbaijan's human rights record.
A Russian soldier has been found dead with several stab wounds near Russia's military base in Armenia, and Russian media reported that a fellow serviceman is suspected of killing him.
A Baku police officer has been fired for distributing surveillance video of a bus driving into a group of Austrian athletes ahead of the opening of the European Games.