A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.
An official European Union document shows three long-time Putin cronies are among eight people who have been hit with new EU sanctions.
Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."
The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future.
A Hamas spokesman says the four-hour cease-fire declared by Israel doesn't have any "value," because it excludes border areas from which Hamas wants to evacuate the wounded.