Western countries voiced concern on Thursday that tensions in Libya could slip out of control in the absence of a functioning political system, and they urged the government and rival factions to start talking.
Hours after the authorising sanctions and visa curbs against Russians on Thursday, US President Barack Obama told President Vladimir Putin the ongoing crisis in Ukraine can be resolved diplomatically.
Hundreds of hours of audio recordings of private meetings in which Nicolas Sarkozy, his close aids and Carla Bruni are heard talking, have been leaked to the French media.
President Barack Obama warned on Thursday a referendum in Crimea on joining Russia would violate Ukranian sovereignty and international law.
The brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Thursday dropped out of the country's election and endorsed Zalmai Rassoul, a move widely seen as signalling the current leader's preferred choice of successor.