World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration's rejection of a planet rescue plan.
The UN Security Council was expected to vote, probably on Friday, on a 30-day extension of a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria to allow for negotiations after Russia vetoed a renewal of the probe.
The United States on Thursday updated its advice to travellers heading for Europe, warning of an increased terrorist threat over the Christmas and New Year holiday season.
China is set to dispatch a special envoy to North Korea on Friday, a trip hailed as a "big move" by US President Donald Trump, who has urged Beijing to pile pressure on its nuclear-armed ally.
Eleven people have died after a plane belonging to a safari company crashed in northern Tanzania, according to the aircraft's owners, Coastal Aviation.
Russia and the United States were on a collision course ahead of a UN Security Council vote on Thursday on the fate of a UN-led probe to determine who is behind chemical attacks in Syria’s six-year war.
Venezuela signed a debt restructuring deal with major creditor Russia on Wednesday, as ratings agencies declared Caracas in partial default.
The Libyan coastguard on Tuesday called for more European aid for its "obsolete" fleet, warning it would not otherwise be able to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean in 2018.
Britain's government survived the first parliamentary challenges to its Brexit bill on Tuesday evening, as MPs began voting on various amendments tabled on the landmark legislation.
Japan notched up its seventh straight quarter of economic growth, official data showed on Wednesday, although the rate of expansion in the world's third-biggest economy is slowing.