The death toll climbs in Ukraine as Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian Nationalists continue fighting. 280 trucks with humanitarian aid from Russia are being inspected by the Red Cross before they enter Ukraine who suspects ulterior motives.
Russia enacted trade sanctions on specific food items from the U.S. and E.U. ; Russian aircraft skirting US and Canadian airpace near Alaska spikes.
The US authorized airstrikes in Iraq to resist the encroachment of the Islamic State (terrorist group formerly referred to as ISIL or ISIS) and many other countries are providing aid (humanitarian and military). The existing Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki will step aside for a newly appointed Haidar Al-Abadi whom the world hopes will bridge the sectarian divide that has hindered their new government from making progress.
In Syria IS continues to increase their brutality in enforcing a fundamental interpretation of Islam.
Israel & Palestine have had multiple truces and cease fires over the last months, currently a cease fire is holding.
Two German government officials caught spying for the U.S. were deported, which has sparked increased political tension so soon after the Edward Snowden leaks revealed the US had tapped the German Chancellor (president).
The largest Ebola (hemorrhagic fever with approximately a 55% mortality rate spread by contact with someone symptomatic) outbreak on record has been declared an “international emergency” by the World Health Organization. The majority of 1700 suspected cases & 900 deaths have occurred in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, but Nigeria has now had nine confirmed cases (FoxNews)