U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.
Pope Francis and a line-up of anti-nuclear campaigners headed lists of favourites to win the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize on the eve of Friday's announcement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged firm action on Thursday against what he called a mostly unorganised "wave of terror" plaguing Israel and the Palestinian territories but warned there was no "magic solution."
One of three Americans who helped thwart a terror attack on a Paris-bound train was stabbed in his home state of California - apparently after coming to a woman's rescue, authorities said on Thursday.
Guinea's President Alpha Conde said on Thursday he had no plans to postpone this weekend's election, dismissing a request from the opposition for more time to fix alleged irregularities.
Europe must improve its relationship with Russia and should not let this be something decided by Washington, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the situation in Syria in a phone call on Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
He stood on the mud, crows cawing overhead, pointing at unmarked graves. "Here's a mother with her baby. And here's another young woman. Over there, that's a 60-year-old man."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday there was no quick fix for the latest wave of Palestinian lone-wolf attacks the Jewish state has faced in recent days and that strong steps would be taken against those inciting to violence.
At least 220 bodies have been recovered after a massive landslide buried part of a town in Guatemala last week while about 350 people are missing, national disaster agency Conred said on Thursday.