Israel plan to seize West Bank land 'alarms' UN's Ban
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by Israeli plans to expropriate 400 hectares of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, his spokesman said on Monday.
Afghan talks on unity government collapse; crisis deepens
KABUL (Reuters) - Talks on a power-sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over disputed election results.
Iranians play role in breaking ISIS siege of Iraqi town
AMERLI, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi'ite militiamen paraded through Amerli on Monday, a day after breaking the two-month siege of the northern town by Sunni Islamist militants.
Tennis-Djokovic first man through to U.S. Open quarter-finals
NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic was the first man through to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday, sweeping past Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 7-5 6-4.
Soccer-Ronaldo raises questions about Real transfer policy
MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to offer a criticism of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Monday by saying the club's transfer policy would probably be different if he was in charge.
FRANCE-ECB/ Hollande, Draghi agree on threat of deflation - official
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi agreed on Monday that deflation and weak growth were threatening the European Union's economy, an official in the president's office said.
Tennis-Defending champ Serena Williams reaches quarter-finals
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two-times defending champion Serena Williams rode her big serve to a 6-3 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia to advance to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday.
Thailand set to approve Volkswagen factory - FAZ
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Thailand is set to approve the construction of a Volkswagen factory near the port of Bangkok, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing the Thai investment authority BOI.
Four killed in Chinese school stabbing spree
BEIJING (AFP) - A man stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others on Monday in a rampage at a Chinese primary school that refused to enrol his daughter, state media said.
Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany
GDANSK, Poland (AFP) - Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday.
Basketball: Blood brothers jumping through hoops at world champs
LAS PALMAS, Spain (AFP) - Playing for Slovenia at the Basketball World Cup means a lot to Goran Dragic. It's a chance to be a leader; support Slovenia and Slovenian fans; and play with his brother Zoran.
NEANDERTHALS Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species.
Tennis: New York hands Wozniacki chance to shine
NEW YORK (AFP) - After the trauma of her split with fiance Rory McIlroy, New York is proving the perfect pick-me-up for rejuvenated Caroline Wozniacki as she targets a place in the US Open semi-finals.
Sticky end for sex geckos sent into space
MOSCOW(AFP) - Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.
Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq.
Americans detained in N.Korea appeal for help
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three US citizens held in North Korea pleaded on Monday for help to secure their release, urging Washington to send an envoy to the hard-line communist country.