Turkey says it will continue to conduct strikes against Kurdish fighters in Syria, despite growing pressure on Ankara to stop the shelling amid a truce deal backed by world powers.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says that any ground operation by foreign troops in Syria will lead to "a full-fledged, long war."
Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government forces has flared in eastern Ukraine and the humanitarian situation is "dire," the head of Europe’s main security organization says.
Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine say that local elections mandated by the Minsk process on ending the conflict in the region can only be held toward the end of this year.
U.S. Senator John McCain has sharply criticized an international agreement on a cessation of hostilities in Syria, calling it "diplomacy in the service of military aggression" by Russia.
U.S. President Barack Obama has emphasized to Russian President Vladimir Putin the importance of Moscow playing a constructive role by ceasing its air campaign against moderate opposition forces in Syria.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on leaders in Africa to think less about themselves and more about their people.
More than four-fifths of Russians believe their country is currently in a state of economic crisis, according to a poll by the independent Levada Center.
The United Nations says more than 11,000 civilians were killed or wounded in violence in Afghanistan in 2015, making it the worst year for civilians since the organization began compiling the statistics in 2009.
The outgoing U.S. commander of international forces in Afghanistan says U.S. forces will not return to an active role fighting the Taliban.
Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.
NATO must mix robust deterrence and "hard-headed engagement" with Russia to address the potential threats posed by Moscow's aggressive activity, senior officials of the alliance and member states say.