The United Nations proposed a national unity government to Libya’s warring factions on Thursday to end their conflict, but the deal faces resistance from Tripoli’s self-declared rulers and hardliners on the ground.
RUSSIA - IRAN
Russia's defence ministry denied a claim by a US official on Thursday that four Syria-bound Russian cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea had crashed in Iran.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he would look into banning public servants from wearing the niqab if he wins re-election, turning the Muslim veil into a major campaign issue less than two weeks before voters head to the polls.
FIFA - FOOTBALL
French football legend Michel Platini on Thursday blasted FIFA’s decision to ban him from the sport for 90 days and said he would pursue his campaign for the leadership of football’s governing body.
FIFA - FOOTBALL
Sepp Blatter’s suspension amidst a corruption scandal means FIFA’s top job falls to Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, a long-time head of African football with his own history of controversies.
US serviceman Spencer Stone, who overpowered a gunman on a Paris-bound train in August and was subsequently decorated as a hero by the French government, was repeatedly stabbed in his hometown Sacramento, California, on Thursday.
German prosecutors on Thursday announced they had searched Volkswagen (VW) headquarters near the northern city of Wolfsburg as part of an investigation into the auto giant’s falsification of emissions data.
Barcelona football star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge are due to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences, a Spanish court confirmed on Thursday, marking the latest twist in a protracted legal saga.
A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence that prompted Israel's premier to bar ministers and lawmakers from a Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the tensions.
A lawmaker from Tunisia’s ruling secular party escaped an assassination attempt on Thursday when a gunman riddled his car with automatic rifle fire from a passing vehicle.
Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union which the Swedish Academy said was “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
In a rare public exchange with French President François Hollande, far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused him of selling out to a Europe controlled by Berlin over the migrant crisis.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his possible successor Michel Platini were on Thursday provisionally suspended for 90 days from football's global governing body amid wide-reaching corruption allegations.
French television station France 3 was forced to pull an advertisement lauding the channel's feminist credentials after it met with widespread criticism saying that the ad itself was sexist.
Volkswagen's top U.S. executive, Michael Horn, faces questions on Capitol Hill Thursday over the company's emissions-detection scandal amid revelations that he knew of a "possible emissions non-compliance" issue as early as 2014.
EUROPE - MIGRANTS
European Union nations agreed on Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the bloc's worst migration crisis since World War II.
At least 13 people were killed and 38 others wounded in the bombing of a wedding in a rebel-held Yemeni town, a medical source said Thursday, as witnesses accused the Saudi-led coalition of being behind the attack.
As France's right-wing Republicans punish a leading figure over her comments about race, the party is facing a tricky balancing act in trying to pinch far-right votes without losing moderate supporters.
The defence ministers of NATO are scheduled to meet Thursday in Brussels at a time when Russia’s growing military involvement in Syria has sparked concerns in the alliance.