Mediterranean sinking kills 200 migrants bound for Europe

"Nine were saved after four days at sea. The other 203 were swallowed by the waves," UNHCR's spokeswoman in Italy, Carlotta Sami, said on Twitter.

Who was Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, killed by ISIS?

Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh cut a swashbuckling pose in one military photo, with hands akimbo on his hips, exuding confidence.In another, the cleanshaven young man in uniform appears deadly serious, as one might expect from a fighter pilot whose airstrikes demand precision.

American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller dead, family says

Kayla Mueller's parents had been holding out hope. But on Tuesday, the American ISIS hostage's family revealed devastating news.

Malaysia court upholds Anwar Ibrahim sodomy conviction.

Mr Anwar was accused of having sex with a male aide in 2008. Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia, but very few people are ever prosecuted.The popular politician was sentenced to five years in jail in March 2014 after an earlier acquittal was overturned - a ruling against which he appealed.He says the case is a bid by the ruling coalition to block him from politics.

Putin in Ukraine: Why would he stop in the face of weakness?

Why stop now? This must be the question Vladimir Putin is asking himself as he considers the latest European pleas for peace in Ukraine, to be discussed at a crisis summit in Minsk on Wednesday.

Obama, Merkel pledge alliance on Ukraine

Would sending weapons to Ukraine block Russia from grabbing territory and stem violence in the volatile region? Or would it fuel further conflict and destabilize Europe?That's a key issue Western leaders are weighing.

North Korea flaunts its 'cutting-edge' missiles

North Korea tested what it described as a new type of "cutting-edge" anti-ship missile with its leader Kim Jong Un pictured beaming at the launch, as shown in state media on Saturday.But some analysts are saying North Korea's touted missiles appear to be Russian designs.

Greece election: Anti-austerity Syriza leader Tsipras vows to end 'pain'

Anti-austerity Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras has vowed to end Greece's "five years of humiliation and pain" after his general election win.

Saudi King Abdullah dies, Salman new ruler

Saudi Arabia’s elderly King Abdullah died on Friday and was replaced by his half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world’s top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.

IMF downgrades global growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth for this year and next.