Boston is installing eco-friendly "smart" benches in its public spaces. The design team behind the "Soofa" say it's the bench of the future, giving park goers a comfortable seating area that doubles as a mobile phone charger.
Celebrated Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, nicknamed “Lioness of Iran” for her writings on love and equal rights for women, has died at the age of 87.
She published 19 books of verse over six decades and was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature twice. More recently her words were used by President Obama in a sign of rapprochement with Iran after decades of diplomatic hostilities.
As the end of the latest Israel-Palestinian ceasefire looms, and as negotiations continue in Cairo, Chief Palestinian negotiator Dr Saeb Erekat met the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have regained control of several towns east of Mosul from the Islamic State group. The Peshmerga, backed by US air strikes, are fighting to retake the Mosul dam, which is Iraq's largest.
Kiev recently proposed a peace plan for the Donetsk region, where government troops are fighting pro-Russian separatists. It included more political and economic autonomy as well as protection of the Russian language.