Ukraine has called for full membership in NATO, its strongest
plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of
sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces
on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.
President Barack Obama says the United States has not yet
developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria,
an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on
whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000
people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency
says, warning that an international effort costing almost
half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
Pakistan's army has stepped into a political struggle between
the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition,
signalling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilised
the coup-prone nation.
Waves up to about 6m high crashed along the Southern
California coast as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from
a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to
Los Angeles-area beaches, officials say.
Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters
have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing
Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group
monitoring the Syrian conflict says.