Israel and Syria carry out a Russian-mediated prisoner exchange. An Israeli woman who crossed the border into Syria's Quneitra Governorate and was detained by the Syrian military, is returned in exchange for two Syrian shepherds held by the Israel Defense Forces.
The Ukrainian Army says eight of its soldiers were wounded in fighting against Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country during the previous 24 hours. A military spokesman said there had been 29 shelling incidents around Mariupol.
Syrian troops advance into Palmyra on multiple fronts with the help of Russian airstrikes and take several neighbourhoods, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. However they were unable to encircle the city.
Japan scrambles its fighter aircraft to intercept two Russian SU-27 fighter aircraft, claiming that they have violated its airspace off Rishiri Island. Russia denies its aircraft entered Japanese airspace.
Russia lifts a 16-year ban on the import of British beef and lamb. British farmers had been stopped from exporting to Russia following the 1996 BSE outbreak in the UK, despite the lifting of a worldwide ban in 2006.
A historic drought develops in the Balkans causing severe losses to agriculture. Towns in Serbia introduce water restrictions while scorching temperatures fuel hundreds of fires. Russia stations a second fire fighting aircraft to help in Niš.