German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a European Commission plan to relocate refugees from overstretched EU states was "an important first step".
British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament over how the referendum he has called on leaving the European Union will be conducted.
EU President Donald Tusk warned that the migration crisis affecting Europe was part of an "exodus" from war-torn hotspots that could last years.
Pope Francis called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, saying the Vatican's two parishes would lead by example.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu criticised the "ridiculously small" share of refugees the EU is accepting, labelling the continent the "Christian fortress Europe."
Angry protesters greeted top EU officials visiting the Greek island of Kos on Friday to see the impact of the migrant crisis.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees called on the European Union to admit up to 200,000 refugees as part of a "mass relocation programme".
The EU and Cuba have made good progress in normalisation talks but getting an accord this year, the stated aim of both sides, may prove difficult.
The EU is preparing to step up action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, actively seizing the boats which carry thousands of hapless migrants to Europe.
A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, the head of Europe's border agency Frontex said.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed concern over "very worrying" deadly clashes in Kiev as Ukrainian lawmakers backed an autonomy plan for rebel regions.
European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks on September 14 in Brussels on the continent's escalating migration crisis.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to governments to step up their response to Europe's migrant crisis.
Hundreds of pairs of rubber boots left behind by music fans who attended Britain's Glastonbury music festival have been donated to migrants in Calais.
Greece geared up for a snap election next month, with an opinion poll showing the leftist party Syriza ahead despite a wave of defections over the country's massive new bailout.
EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that Europe had the "means to resist" the impact of China's slowing economy.
Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are considering use of nuclear energy in food and water industries.
Hungary's migrant crisis escalated as police fired tear gas at the EU country's main processing centre.
Interior and transport ministers from EU countries are to hold talks in Paris to discuss security measures following last week's attack on a high-speed train that was foiled by passengers.
The EU sharply criticised Russia on Tuesday for the jailing of Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin critic Oleg Sentsov, calling it a violation of international law.