Seeking to regain momentum in his bid to become the next prime minister of Britain, Boris Johnson said on June 24 he was seriously prepared to take the country out of the European Union in October even if a deal with the bloc had not been reached.
Iran on June 25 slammed the Trump administration over new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and other top officials, with the Foreign Ministry saying the measures spell "permanent closure" of diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.
Georgia and Russia traded blame on June 21 for an outbreak of unrest in Tbilisi sparked by the visit of a Russian lawmaker with the Kremlin announcing it would suspend passenger flights between the two countries to protect its citizens.
Britain's next prime minister will be a man in his 50s who went to Oxford University - either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, the two finalists selected on June 20 in a race to lead the governing Conservative Party.
Crowds angry over the visit of a Russian lawmaker tried to storm Georgia's parliament building on June 20 evening, pushing against lines of riot police, throwing bottles and grabbing riot shields from some officers and tearing off their helmets.
Chinese President Xi Jinping started a historic visit in Pyongyang on June 20 to reboot a troubled alliance, as he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with U.S. President Donald Trump.
A U.S. jury on June 19 convicted a "self-help" guru of racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes for his leadership of a cult-like organization of sex slaves he branded like cattle.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on June 20 it had shot down a U.S. "spy drone" over its territory after it violated Iranian airspace, according to Iranian state television.
President Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign on June 18, whipping up a crowd of at least 20,000 with a nationalist boast about the U.S. economy being the "envy" of the world and warning that opposition Democrats want to "destroy" the country.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson increased his lead in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister on June 17 in a Conservative Party vote that eliminated one of his rivals and enabled upstart candidate Rory Stewart to defy expectations by remaining in the contest.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down on June 18 before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal."
U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defense system, and may meet during NATO meetings in Brussels next week, NATO's commander told Reuters.