Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour Gaza ceasefire
Israel has confirmed it will observe a brief ceasefire in the Gaza strip for humanitarian reasons. A Hamas statement earlier said the group had agreed to the temporary cessation of violence.
EU moves to widen sanctions against Russia over Ukraine
The EU plans to increase sanctions against Russia because of its actions in Ukraine. Proposals include restricted access to EU capital markets and an embargo on future contracts for weapons and high-tech goods.
Central American leaders back Obama on plea to control child migration, 'people smuggling'
Central American leaders have pledged to support Washington in efforts to stem the flow of migrants, particularly children, into the US. The White House has said minors with no proper claim to stay will be repatriated.
Poor weather given as likely cause of Air Algerie crash
Bad weather has been cited as a likely cause of the crash of Air Algerie flight AH5017, which killed at least 116 people. French troops have secured one of the plane's black boxes, to be examined by investigators.
WHO confirms Liberian died of Ebola in Nigeria
A man has died of Ebola under quarantine in Nigeria. Before Friday, the virus had killed more than 660 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the first diagnosis in February.
Curtain goes up in Bayreuth - with a glitch
The world-famous Bayreuth Festival dedicated to the works of the German composer Richard Wagner has begun. The opening performance was, however, delayed by a technical misfunction.
Moody's upgrades Portugal's debt rating
Credit ratings agency Moody's has upgraded Portugal's debt evaluation by one notch. The agency cited a more stable financial outlook, with Lisbon now enjoying renewed access to borrowing on the public debt market.
As Tour approaches Paris, Lithuania wins first stage
Ramunas Navardauskas has won the 19th Stage of the Tour de France. Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader's yellow jersey and is expected to take it home with him when the three-week cycling showcase ends on Sunday.
Israel-Palestinian tensions reverberate at Quds Day rally in Berlin
As Israel's military campaign continues in Gaza, protesters take to the streets of Berlin on Quds Day. Despite widespread fears of violence, opposing rallies supporting the Palestinians and Israelis remain calm. For now.
German business hardens stance on Russia sanctions
A major German business group has come out in favor of tougher action against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. The group represents German exporters to eastern Europe. It had previously warned against Russia sanctions.
Poroshenko's risky power play
First the ruling coalition fell apart, then the prime minister resigned. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko is attempting to strengthen his position, despite the ongoing battle with separatists in the country's east.
'Fine line' to help protect children
The number of children in state custody has reached a record high. Refugee kids are also taken into care and should have the right to aid, says Heinz Hilgers, president of child the protection body Kinderschutzbund.
Trade and diplomacy top Abe's agenda in Latin America
With his mind set on diversifying investments, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe has embarked on a five-nation tour of Latin America. But while economic ties are high on the agenda, the PM will also launch a diplomatic push.
Karume: 'We need more tourism police in Kenya'
Kenyan police have confirmed that a German woman has been shot dead in Mombasa, bringing the number of foreign tourists killed in the town this month to two.
African biodiversity under threat
Researchers meeting in Cameroon have warned that Africa could loose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century because of global warming, population growth and unregulated development.