Jordan offered Wednesday to free a female militant in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State (IS) group, which is threatening to execute the airman and a Japanese journalist.
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday that Washington was ready to increase sanctions on Russia over its actions in war-torn Ukraine.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed concern at Chinese land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, as the Philippines urged them to stand up to Beijing.
The Islamic State (IS) group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant.
European Union leaders on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Russia over a bloody offensive by pro-Kremlin Ukrainian rebels, the latest bid to pressure a defiant President Vladimir Putin.
The Islamic State militant group is mounting pressure on Japan to get one of its members released from a Jordanian jail for the safe return of one its citizens held captive.
Alexis Tsipras was sworn in Monday as Greek prime minister at the helm of an anti-austerity coalition after an election win that has sent shockwaves through Europe.
Narendra Modi honoured Barack Obama as his chief guest Monday at India's Republic Day parade and then rolled out the welcome mat to US businesses in a further warming of ties between the world's largest democracies.