THE UN has insisted the Cyprus peace process has not collapsed despite an envoy cancelling talks with rival leaders after they failed to find "common ground" on a summit aimed at securing reunification.
PHILIPPINE president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning that the country is at grave risk of "contamination" by Islamic State (IS).
Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena in the investigation into Russia's election meddling.
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has accused Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont of blackmailing the state following reports that the north-eastern region has prepared a law to secede from Spain immediately if it is not allowed to hold an independence referendum.
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination and will not hand over documents to the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sources said.