Russia and the West remain divided over Syria. Russia believes rebels carried out chemical attacks last month to trigger military intervention. France is pushing for a UN resolution that includes the threat of force.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Iran has insisted its satellite-bearing rocket did not violate the nuclear deal, but western nations disagree. They have said last month's launch was a 'threatening and provocative step.'
Carla Del Ponte says she intends to resign from a UN commission established to probe atrocities in Syria's civil war. The Swiss national came to prominence investigating atrocities in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
The North Korean and US leaders have engaged in an escalating war of words in recent months. Tensions revolve around Pyongyang's developing missile and nuclear weapons programs. DW has the best quotes.
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