This election is of significance because it took place in the context of the world crisis of capital. The crisis has hit Cyprus hard is due to the close connections of the nation's banks to the Greek economy.
The war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse with two recent developments: Turkey's military involvement, and the growing role of extremist groups.
Cypriots marked the anniversary of the assassination of two Cypriot patriots - one of Turkish background and the other of Greek background.
Authorities in occupied northern Cyprus assaulted Turkish Cypriots as they peacefully protested a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan made a highly provocative visit July 20 to the Turkish-occupied region in northern Cyprus.
Turkey's ruling party sought a third term in elections Sunday, aiming to build on economic and diplomatic advances in recent years as well as introduce a new constitution it says will make the country more democratic.
Sanctions on Iran hit Venezuela; labor rights under siege in Iraq, Fiji and Turkey; humanitarian crisis in Somalia; and Cuba at the UN.
Recent events bring to mind what Britain's Lord Palmerston said in the 1800s: "England has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests."
Genocide anniversary marked in Turkey, local elections in Cuba, Australian union slams asbestos, price-rise protests in India.
News clips from Cuba, Haiti, Bolivia, Switzerland, Nigeria, China, Turkey.