The UN General Assembly has approved Serbia's request to ask a UN court if Kosovo's secession was legal, a move many Western states fear will slow down Kosovo's integration into the world community.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has abandoned the search for a coalition to take over from the current "Orange" government, dissolved parliament, and called early elections to the assembly.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Washington had forfeited its place at the heart of the world order and he called on Europe instead to work with Russia on a new security pact.
Iraqi officials paid have tribute to victims of Saddam Hussein's repression, but fell short of meeting relatives' demands for compensation and DNA tests to identify thousands of bodies discovered in mass graves.
The U.S. military is to provide the Afghan Army with armored vehicles and NATO standard weapons in an attempt to boost the capability of the fledgling force, the U.S. military has said.
Hundreds of Afghans reopened a road that had been shut this year to protect a 15th-century heritage site nearby after a promised alternate route was not provided, an official has said.
In their second debate of the U.S. presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain and his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama, found little to agree on, except whether Russia might be turning back into an "evil empire."
Former Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil has denied a meeting he attended with Afghan government officials in Saudi Arabia last month constituted peace talks aimed at ending the seven-year conflict.
A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest has killed seven people and wounded 20 in Baquba, capital of Iraq's volatile Diyala Province north of Baghdad, police said.
President Viktor Yushchenko says he is offering more time to Ukraine's political parties to resolve a crisis over restoring or replacing the "Orange" coalition underpinning the government.
Russia has pulled back its troops from buffer zones it set up on Georgian territory during a summer war, but Georgia demanded it take further steps before an approaching deadline.
The government of Iceland is seeking a 4 billion-euro loan from Russia to help strengthen its foreign reserves and support its sinking currency amid the global financial meltdown.