Islamic militants released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis on Sunday, less than a week after grisly footage emerged of the execution of James Foley.
The United Nations will vote on a draft resolution which will allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians without government consent.
Somalia's president has offered an amnesty to young pirates in a bid to end attacks off the coast as he seeks to rebuild the war-torn country.
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to sanction the leaders of the M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the DRC's city of Goma.
The UN Security Council is poised to adopt a draft resolution paving the way for military intervention in Mali on Friday, French officials said.
There is no place for President Bashar al-Assad in any future Syrian government, diplomats say, as Russia and China agree to transition plan.
The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution giving Sudan and South Sudan 48 hours to halt hostilities or face potential sanctions.
Kofi Annan's peace plan has thrown up suspicions with a briefing to the Security Council suggesting a painful, open-ended process.
The UN Security Council has demanded that Sudan stop airstrikes on South Sudan as it considers what steps to take to stop clashes spiralling into war.
The UN Security Council has reached a deal on a draft resolution to renew the mandate of peacekeepers in the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Kofi Annan's deputy has told the Security Council that the swift deployment of observers to Syria is needed despite risks and persistent violence.
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has urged an end to violence in Syria, amid claims 1 000 people have been killed in the past week.
As Syria emarks on a new peace plan, news has emerged that its forces summarily executed over 100 civilians and rebel fighters in the past few months.
Islamists are gaining ground in Mali, jostling with Tuareg rebels for control as the nation's military rulers face shortages from sanctions.
The bodies of 47 women and children have been found in the Syria's Homs, where security forces have been fighting raging battles against armed rebels.
Russia's foreign minister says it vetoed the UN resolution on Syria due to Western powers' failure to make additional effort for consensus.
Russia says it will veto a draft UN resolution calling on Syria's president to step down unless a clause ruling out military intervention was added.
The DA says Lindiwe Sisulu must take full responsibility for the use of two back-up aircraft to shadow Jacob Zuma's jet to the United States.
Syria says it might allow Arab monitors to stay for another month on its peacekeeping mission, but those against Bashar al-Assad want UN intervention.