British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says that Islamist extremists driven out of Pakistan and Afghanistan will doubtless reemerge in struggling states like Yemen and Somalia.
Iraq plans to support a lawsuit in U.S. courts filed by victims of a 2007 shooting in which guards for private U.S. security firm Blackwater gunned down Iraqi civilians, the government spokesman said today.
An Iraqi government spokesman said today that a fifth British hostage, captured in Iraq in 2007, may be handed over to British authorities in the coming days.
A bomb attack in northwest Pakistan killed a former minister today, officials said.
Russia has halted oil flows to Belarusian refineries after failing to agree terms for 2010, but rising tensions have not so far affected the transit of Russian oil to the European Union, traders said today.
More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in an earthquake in Tajikistan, but no casualties have been reported, an official in the former Soviet republic said today.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was in Saudi Arabia today to meet with officials in a possible bid to narrow the rift between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, an official source said.
The H1N1 strain of flu is rapidly spreading into China's vast countryside and there could be a spike in cases around the Lunar New Year period when millions head back to their home towns, the Health Ministry said.
Iran has warned that it will produce more highly enriched levels of nuclear fuel if there is no deal with the West to provide it with such material for use in a Tehran medical research reactor, The Associated Press news agency reports.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has vowed to "submit new nominees for his new cabinet within the next few days" and ordered parliamentarians to suspend their winter break soon after their rejection of most of Karzai's candidates.
The United States and Britain closed their embassies in Yemen today over security concerns about possible militant attacks after the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day.
The United States and Britain have agreed to fund a counter-terrorism police unit in Yemen as part of stepped-up efforts to fight terrorism.