With the backing of Russia, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and demanded crash site access in rebel-held east Ukraine.
US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476.
North Korea’s top military body Monday defended its recent missile tests as a legitimate exercise in self-defense, and said South Korean and US charges of provocation were malicious and hypocritical.
The United Nations Security Council is expected to consider Monday a resolution demanding that pro-Russian separatists provide “full and unrestricted access” to the crash site of a downed jet in Ukraine.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that the persecution of Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes in Mosul by Islamic State militants could constitute a crime against humanity.