Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back on Jan. 18 from comments, challenged by U.S. President Donald Trump, that envisioned a one-year timeframe for the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
El Salvador is discussing a deal with Qatar under which Salvadoran migrants facing the loss of their right to stay in the United States could live and work temporarily in the Middle Eastern country, the government of the Central American nation said on Jan. 16.
North Korea has offered to send more than 200 cheerleaders to the Winter Olympics in the South and attend the Paralympics, Seoul said as the two Koreas met on Jan. 17 to discuss athlete numbers in the latest in a flurry of cross-border talks.
A Russian court sentenced an Orthodox priest to 14 years in a penal colony on Jan. 17 in a pedophilia case that dragged on over four years after he had initially fled the country.
Twenty nations agreed on Jan. 16 to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not choose negotiations.
Greece and Macedonia return to the United Nations on Jan. 17 seeking to end a dispute that has raged for 27 years over the former Yugoslav republic’s name.
The mission of the international coalition led by the United States is to defeat the Islamic State, Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in designated areas of Iraq and Syria, which does not include the northern Syrian area of Afrin, according to the coalition spokesperson.
An internal solution to the problems in Syria “would be much better,” the head of the United Nations said on Jan. 16.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya within a two-year period, Dhaka said on Jan. 16, the first concrete timeline given for the refugees’ return despite many refusing to go back to their homeland.
Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a brazen drive-by shooting on Jan. 16 that could reignite ethnic tensions in the region.
European Union President Donald Tusk said on Jan. 16 that the bloc’s “hearts are still open” to Britain if it changes its mind about leaving.
Pope Francis on Jan. 16 expressed his “pain” and “shame” over child sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church in Chile, as he made his first speech during a visit to the South American country.
Several people including two police officers were killed in an operation to capture a helicopter pilot who bombed Venezuela’s Supreme Court during anti-government protests last year, the interior ministry said June. 15.