The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.
Secret trade negotiations in Geneva could outlaw public subsidies for renewable energy across the world, undermining climate talks in Paris that aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to unions and anti-poverty campaigners.
The leaks engineered by "the Edward Snowden of banking" have brought to light malpractice that is costing government treasuries hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The IT expert's action has earned him a five-year prison sentence given in absentia.
Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world's highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.
Ukraine's military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences."
That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland's vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.
Much anticipated peace talks ended in an exchange of insults and no agreement after a week of conferences in Geneva.
Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it's not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.
Since things on the domestic front aren't exactly rosy for President Obama, the weekend's breakthrough in international diplomacy, in the form of the early-morning deal struck by the U.S., Iran and five other key nations to reconfigure Iran's nuclear program comes as a much-needed boost.