Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favorites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday's announcement.
BRUSSELS - Confronted with its biggest military challenge since the end of the Cold War, a weakened NATO took steps on Oct. 8 to shore up its flanks, both in the Middle East and Europe, as Russia continued to test the credibility of the alliance’s bedrock principle of collective defense.
Each leader focused on the crises leading to the fractures within the EU, with the message, themes - and even words - near-identical.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, in a rare joint address to the EU parliament, called for unity in Europe on Wednesday to tackle a series of crises that have shaken the bloc to its core.
PARIS - Union activists protesting proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting about the job cuts on Oct. 5, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection.
The European Union's border protection agency Frontex has requested 775 more guards from member states to help Italy, Greece and other countries register migrants arriving from Libya and Turkey, almost doubling the size of the operation.
ANTIBES, France - Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, some drowned in a retirement home and others trapped in cars and campsites. Torrents of muddy water inundated buildings, roads and railway tracks, disrupting movement along the Mediterranean coast on Oct. 4.
BEIRUT - Air strikes by suspected Russian jets hit targets around the town of Talbiseh in western Syria on Sunday, residents and a group which monitors the civil war in Syria said, a day after Russia promised to step up its air campaign.
Prime Minister David Cameron said his renegotiation of Britain's ties with the European Union was 'bloody hard work' but that he would not be rushed into naming a date for a referendum on membership, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the airstrikes in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that resulted in the death and injury of medical workers and patients at a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital on 3 October.
Frankfurt takes center-stage for this year's public events while German Unity Day is also being marked around the world.
Mariam Malak, a 19-year-old from a village in southern Egypt, had near-perfect grades in high school and dreamed of becoming a doctor. But when the results of the nationwide graduation exam were released in July, the honor student was told she had scored zero, failing to answer a single question on all seven tests she took.
BRUSSELS - European Union countries should be required to defend each other given the growing conflicts on their borders, center-right EU lawmakers said on Sept. 30, urging governments to consider a collective defense policy similar to NATO.
A spokesman for the Polish army says the nation is gradually raising the number of reservists put through training, amid heightened security concerns.
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a sit-down meeting on Sept. 28, their first in two years, amid new tensions in recent weeks between the already-adversarial world leaders.
When President Obama takes the podium on Sept. 28 during the United Nations General Assembly, he will be part of a cavalcade of world leaders - from Russia to Iran - whose nations are at the fore of global crisis and conflicts.
World leaders are converging on the United Nations for the UN General Assembly's 70th anniversary meeting.
United States' Secretary of State John Kerry said he saw an opportunity for progress this week towards ending Syria's four-year civil war as he met Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday.
The week began with President Obama on the tarmac of a U.S. military base in Maryland, waiting to welcome a global celebrity far more popular than himself. It ended with him raising a toast to a hard-nosed world leader who has repeatedly challenged American interests and Obama's resolve.