The billionaire businessman and pro-European politician Petro Poroshenko, was elected president of Ukraine in the first round. He has been minister of foreign affairs with president Viktor Yushchenko and also minister of Economic Development and Trade with the recently deposed Viktor Yanukovich.

Pope Francis appealed repeatedly to peace in the Middle East during his visit to the Holy Land in reference to the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He made an unscheduled stop at the separation wall near Bethlehem to pray there and invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to go to the Vatican to pray together for peace with him.