The United Nations Security Council is to vote on a US-drafted resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test. If passed, the measures would add to a host of sanctions already in place.
The European Union has struck out at Iran over its missile program and "unacceptable behavior" in Europe and the Middle East. Tehran has rejected the concerns as "baseless" and "non-constructive."
Just two days after the EU set up a transactions channel with Iran to ease the Islamic country's financial woes, Tehran tested a cruise missile that experts say could force Brussels to review its Iran support.
The US is pushing the UN Security Council to call for fresh presidential elections in Venezuela. Russia has proposed an alternative draft, which shows concern over outside interference in the nation's internal affairs.
North and South Korea want to explore reconnecting their rail and road systems as part of efforts to ease tensions in the region. The South needed an exemption from the United Nations sanctions regime for that to happen.
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