A hearing about the ongoing P-5+1 talks with Iran, held on July 29, 2014, in Washington, DC, revealed that many members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee are skeptical that the Obama Administration's agreement to extended talks with Iran for an additional four months will apply enough pressure to force an agreement.
At a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on July 23, 2014, chief of the Islamist Hamas movement, Khaled Meshaal announced that Hamas rejected a ceasefire to end 16 days of deadly fighting with Israel unless the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to 'exercise maximum restraint' and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll on July 20, 2014, alone passed 100.
At the one-day summit to discuss an end to FGM and forced marriage, The Girl Summit 2014, the UK government has announced that parents will face prosecution if they fail to prevent their daughters suffering female genital mutilation (FGM).
The United Nations Security Council meets at the UN headquarters in New York City to discuss the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, which is entering the third week with over 500 Palestinians killed in Gaza, the vast majority being civilians.
Hong Kong's economy in 2014 is expected to expand at its fastest pace in three years, according to government estimations, with a forecasted growth of between three and four percent, up from 2.9 percent in 2013.
In a deal reached late Friday in Vienna, the world powers and Iran agreed to extend their talks on Tehran's nuclear programme until November 24, 2014, and the United States agreed to release $2.8 billion in frozen Iranian funds in return for Iran agreeing to convert some of its 20 percent enriched uranium stocks into fuel.