* The EU has banned natural gas imports from Iran in a new set of sanctions designed to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic to cooperate in talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program, EU foreign ministers said in a statement.
* Clashes between Sudan’s army and rebels in the state of South Kordofan, bordering South Sudan, erupted after a week of relative calm in the oil-rich region which has been torn by violence since June last year.
* Greece and the troika of international lenders (EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) are likely to miss their scheduled date - an EU summit on October 18 - to agree measures to sort out the Greek economy in exchange for new credit, Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras said.
* In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever - a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.
* Moscow residential property prices grew second-fastest among the world’s ten largest cities in the first half of 2012, according to the latest World Cities Review published by the UK-based real estate services firm Savills.
* The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Morgan Stanley, charging the Wall Street investment giant of discriminating against African-American homeowners and violating US civil rights laws by providing funding for risky mortgages.