One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead.
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday decried rising income disparity, noting its harmful effect on global economic growth.
The United States is working to block sales of gold to Iranians in order to undermine their currency, the rial, and to step up pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Tuesday the conflict in Syria as concern grew about Moscow's arms deliveries to the Damascus regime and a spiralling death toll.
US prosecutors charged a 52-year-old bus driver on Wednesday with the kidnap and rape of three young women who were imprisoned in his Cleveland home.