Turkey's new President Tayyip Erdogan (front) attends a swearing in ceremony at the parliament on August 28, 2014, in Ankara.

Tayyip Erdogan has cemented his position as Turkey's most powerful leader of recent times.

  • Pakistan slipped deeper into crisis on Thursday after talks between the government and the opposition failed.

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  • After meeting with Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko said Russia "would assist a dialogue."

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

At least three were killed in attack by militants on politician's home.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez (C) arrives at the Director of Public Prosecutions' office in Caracas on February 28, 2013 to be questioned about presumed irregularities concerning two donations made in 1985 by Petroleos de Venezuelas (PDVSA) state-owned oil company.

Leopoldo Lopez is accused of inciting violence during anti-government demonstrations.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif holds a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the White Room of Number 10 Downing Street on April 30, 2014 in London, England.

Nawaz Sharif to meet oppo leader Imran Khan in bid to end anti-government protests.

VORONEZH, RUSSIA - AUGUST 5: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of State Council August 5, 2014 in Voronezh, Russia. Putin is on a one-day visit to the region of Voronezh, 500 km. south of Moscow. Credit Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Putin unexpectedly struck a more conciliatory tone on Ukraine in a speech on Thursday.

A group of protester hold placards during a protest against the mass execution sentence of 529 supporters of Mohammed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood on March 28, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Human Rights Watch has denounced the killing of hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters last year.

President Barack Obama arrives to speak briefly at a news conference on Iraq August 11, 2014 in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

During their call, the two leaders reportedly discussed the growing instability in Iraq and the crisis in Gaza.